Ireland – No anti-abortion medical experts willing to argue for Eighth – Noone

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No anti-abortion medical experts willing to argue for Eighth – Noone
No Irish-based consultants or GPs ‘made available to Committee on Eighth Amendment’

Feb 19, 2018
Ronan McGreevy

The chair of the Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment has revealed the committee could not find a single medical expert in Ireland to argue the case for the status quo.

Senator Catherine Noone said the committee secretariat and the membership had been asked to put forward experts who would put the medical case for retaining the Eighth Amendment.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/no-anti-abortion-medical-experts-willing-to-argue-for-eighth-noone-1.3397941

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Varadkar on changing abortion stance: ‘Things aren’t as black and white as they appear in your 20s’

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Varadkar on changing abortion stance: 'Things aren't as black and white as they appear in your 20s'
He said today that he is of the view that the Eighth Amendment “harms women”.

Feb 11, 2018

TAOISEACH LEO VARADKAR has said that he came to change his mind on the issue of abortion through a combination of life experience and realising “things aren’t as black and white as they appear in your 20s”.

Speaking on RTÉ’s This Week programme, the Fine Gael leader was asked about the upcoming referendum on the Eighth Amendment, Brexit and the National Development Plan.

Continued: http://www.thejournal.ie/leo-varadkar-4-3846268-Feb2018/

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Ireland: Abortion: Taoiseach defends 12-week plan amid Cabinet split

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Abortion: Taoiseach defends 12-week plan amid Cabinet split
Leo Varadkar, Minister for Health Simon Harris and nine other Ministers support the 12-week proposal

Feb 6, 2018
Sarah Bardon

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has defended the Government’s proposals to legislate for abortions up to 12 weeks in light of criticism of the measures by Tánaiste Simon Coveney.

Mr Coveney has outlined his difficulties in legislating for unrestricted access to terminations in the first trimester of pregnancy.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-taoiseach-defends-12-week-plan-amid-cabinet-split-1.3381941

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Ireland: Legislating for abortion in rape cases is very difficult

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Legislating for abortion in rape cases is very difficult
Politicians who oppose the 12 weeks proposal must outline a realistic alternative

Feb 2, 2018
Noel Whelan

We need to talk about abortion and rape. Neither of these are comfortable subjects, but they are part of the real-life context in which the current debate about repeal of the Eighth Amendment takes place.

A whole series of published and unpublished opinion research conducted over the last two years shows that an overwhelming majority of the electorate strongly support the availability of abortion in Ireland for women who become pregnant as a result of rape or other criminal offences.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/legislating-for-abortion-in-rape-cases-is-very-difficult-1.3376777

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It’s been a long road to Ireland’s abortion referendum – so what will happen now?

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It's been a long road to Ireland's abortion referendum - so what will happen now?

Ann Furedi, Chief Executive of Bpas
30 January 2018

I became a pro-choice advocate 30 years ago, when I met a girl of my age who had been sent to a young mothers’ home in England before her pregnancy was visible. She had been told to stay there until she ‘looked normal again’ so no one would know her family’s shame.

So, when I heard that the Irish Prime Minister has confirmed a referendum that could change the country's laws that all but ban abortion and enable women's access to terminations, I thought - at last.

Continued: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/life/long-road-irelands-abortion-referendum-will-happen-now/

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Ireland’s abortion referendum signals progress for women – but north of the border under the DUP, things look grim

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Ireland's abortion referendum signals progress for women – but north of the border under the DUP, things look grim
Many thought that the referendum on equal marriage in the Republic of Ireland in 2015 would encourage politicians to campaign for a similar change in the law in Northern Ireland. But the last couple of years has shown us that progress can suddenly stall

Caitlin De Jode
Tuesday 30 January 2018

“Essentially what we’re asking people to do is to allow us to change the constitution so that we can make changes to our laws – liberalise them, relax them, make them more compassionate… We’re asking people, now, to trust women.”

For thousands of Irish people watching a blurry YouTube live stream, or desperately refreshing Twitter last night, hearing Taoiseach Leo Varadkar say those words proved to be a surprisingly emotional moment.

Continued: http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/ireland-abortion-referendum-women-feminism-protest-dup-nothern-ireland-border-grim-a8185886.html

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At last, an abortion referendum. Women’s protest has won over Irish politicians

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At last, an abortion referendum. Women’s protest has won over Irish politicians

Emer O'Toole
Tue 30 Jan 2018

Leo Varadkar and Micheál Martin have shifted from anti-abortion stances. If we can convince them, we can convince our families and friends

On Monday night, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar confirmed that Ireland will hold a referendum on abortion in late May. The electorate will be asked if they want to repeal or retain the eighth amendment to the constitution, which effectively bans terminations. In the case of repeal, people will also be asked to approve an addition to the constitution allowing the Oireachtas, the Irish legislature, to legislate for abortion. The government will draft legislation for unrestricted access to terminations up to 12 weeks, but this will only be voted on if the referendum passes.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jan/30/abortion-referendum-ireland-women-protest-politicians-leo-varadkar-micheal-martin-repeal-mov?wpmm=1&wpisrc=nl_todayworld

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Ireland: Simon Harris set to back ‘enabling’ clause on abortion

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Simon Harris set to back ‘enabling’ clause on abortion
Simon Harris is to formally seek approval for a referendum as a poll shows majority back repealing the Eighth Amendment, writes Daniel McConnell.

Saturday, January 27, 2018
By Daniel McConnell, Political Editor

Health Minister Simon Harris is likely to recommend replacing the Eighth Amendment with another clause as opposed to a simple repeal when the Cabinet meets on Monday.

The Irish Examiner understands that Mr Harris, in consultation with the Attorney General, is leaning toward the option of adding enabling legislation to affirm the right of the Oireachtas to set laws.

Continued: https://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/simon-harris-set-to-back-enabling-clause-on-abortion-466365.html

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Ireland: Abortion debate cut short for second night as 20-TD quorum not met

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Abortion debate cut short for second night as 20-TD quorum not met
Government risks ‘hornet’s nest’ if it does not go with repeal simpliciter option – Paul Murphy

Wed, Jan 24, 2018
Marie O'Halloran

Debate on abortion in the Dáil was cut short for a second night running after it proved impossible to reach a quorum of 20 TDs.

Independent TD Mattie McGrath called the quorum, requiring that a minimum of 20 TDs be in the chamber to allow the debate to continue.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/oireachtas/abortion-debate-cut-short-for-second-night-as-20-td-quorum-not-met-1.3367610

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Irish minister reveals 26 county abortion figures

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Irish minister reveals 26 county abortion figures
Jan 18, 2018

The Irish health minister has said 3,265 women travelled from the Republic of Ireland to the UK for abortions in 2016.

Simon Harris provided a county breakdown of the figures during a debate on the 8th amendment.

Based on his figures County Dublin saw the most women (1,175) make the journey, while County Monaghan had the least with only 15.

Continued: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-42731177

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