Harris accused of letting abortion protest exclusion zones 'fall off the agenda'
The group that staged a protest outside the National Maternity Hospital with three small white coffins plans to return this Saturday.
July 10, 2019
MINISTER FOR HEALTH Simon Harris has been accused of letting legislation to introduce protest exclusion zones around maternity hospitals fall off the government’s agenda.
Pro-life protesters staged a demonstration with three white child-size coffins outside the National Maternity Hospital last weekend. This group is planning to return this Saturday.
Timeline: The history of abortion in Ireland
Ireland voted to repeal the Eighth Amendment in May of this year.
Dec 30. 2018
The amendment, which gave equal status to the life of the mother and the life of the unborn, was added to the Constitution in 1983. Some people had been campaigning for its removal from Bunreacht na hÉireann since then, while others fiercely defended it.
The country voted by 66.4% to 33.6% to remove the amendment, with over two million votes cast.
Master of Coombe says hospital not ready to provide abortion services
Tuesday, 11 Dec 2018
The Coombe Hospital will not be ready to provide abortion services by the start of January, according to the Master of the hospital, Dr Sharon Sheehan.
Speaking on RTÉ's News at One, Dr Sheehan said she would advise Minister for Health Simon Harris to delay the introduction of services until February or March.
Abortion legislation in the Seanad - it's not going to be easy
Sunday, 9 Dec 2018
By Ailbhe Conneely, RTÉ News Political reporter
On Wednesday evening, as the clock ticked towards to midnight, the report stage of the Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy Bill completed its journey through the Dáil.
It was an historic occasion for pro-choice politicians who campaigned for the introduction of abortion services.
For opponents the fight continues.
Despite Progress, Over 200 Million Women Still Waiting for Modern Contraception
By Thalif Deen
OTTAWA, Canada, Oct 23 2018 (IPS) - The international community will be commemorating two milestones in the history of population and development next year: the 50th anniversary of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and the 25th anniversary of a Programme of Action (PoA) adopted at the1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Cairo.
“Let’s use these important benchmarks to launch accelerated action – together. Starting here in Ottawa,” UNFPA Executive Director Dr Natalia Kanem told a gathering of over 150 parliamentarians from more than 60 countries who were meeting in the Canadian capital to review the progress made in several key socio-economic issues on the UN agenda, including reproductive health, maternal and infant mortality, family planning, female genital mutilation (FGM), child marriage, women’s empowerment and gender equality.
Thousands join march for all-Ireland abortion services
September 29, 2018
Press Association 2018
Thousands of people have taken part in a pro-choice march calling for the swift implementation of abortion services in Ireland.
There was celebratory tone to the annual March for Choice as demonstrators made their way through Dublin’s main thoroughfares on Saturday afternoon.
It was the first march since the electorate voted overwhelmingly in favour of liberalising Ireland’s strict abortion laws.
Meghan Markle Salutes Irish Abortion Vote
The simple rule for royals when it comes to politics is, say nothing. But Meghan Markle, on her first overseas trip, showed she won't be silenced.
DUBLIN—Few would be surprised to hear that Meghan Markle is pro-choice, and perhaps it was only natural, when meeting a number of activists in Ireland's recent referendum to legalize abortion (the proposal was passed by a thumping majority) that she would express her enthusiasm for the cause.
Unfortunately for Meghan, two of the women she spoke to about the issue at a garden party in Dublin last night then took to twitter to publicize their encounters, meaning Meghan has now been drawn into a debate about the limits of royal political neutrality.
Q&A: Who will pay for abortions if the Eighth Amendment is repealed?
Will taxpayers cover the cost of abortion under the public system?
May 6, 2018
In our Q&A: Eighth Amendment Referendum series, we are answering questions our readers have submitted in relation to the upcoming vote on 25 May.
One common question we received was related to the cost of terminations under the government’s plans and who would pay for them.
Some of those queries were:
Will abortions be paid for under the public health system? If abortions are to be paid for by public funds in public hospitals then will the government be giving additional funds to an already cash-strapped system? Will all hospitals carry out abortions or will there be special abortion units or clinics around the country?
Senator defends 'ageist' abortion comment
April 2 2018
SENATOR Catherine Noone has insisted she is not ageist after criticism of a tweet on the abortion debate which described a Mayo priest as an “octogenarian”.
Ms Noone, who is pro-repeal, was unhappy that abortion was brought up during Easter Mass and said there was a time and place for such discussion.
Government may not be able ‘to pass abortion legislation’
Simon Harris says any reforms after Eighth Amendment vote could be disrupted by an election
April 1, 2018
Minister for Health Simon Harris has said he cannot guarantee that legislation allowing for abortion would be passed by the current Government in the event the Eighth Amendment is repealed.
A referendum on repealing Article 40.3.3, also known as the Eighth Amendment, is to take place on May 25th. The Amendment gives an equal right to life to the mother and the unborn.