Ireland: Fianna Fáil delegates reject calls to change the Constitution on abortion

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Fianna Fáil delegates reject calls to change the Constitution on abortion

Saturday 14 October 2017
John Downing

Fianna Fáil members have overwhelmingly backed a motion urging opposition to changing the Eight Amendment to the Constitution which bans abortion.

Delegates at the party’s Ard Fheis voted by three to one to back a motion from Kildare North constituency urging the party “to oppose any attempt to diminish the constitutional rights of the unborn”.

A second motion from the party’s London branch – backing a “woman’s right to choose” was also heavily defeated.

Continued at source: http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/politics/fianna-fil-delegates-reject-calls-to-change-the-constitution-on-abortion-36227113.html

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Ireland: Rhona Mahony: Eighth Amendment creates ‘unacceptable clinical risk’

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Rhona Mahony: Eighth Amendment creates ‘unacceptable clinical risk’
Oireachtas committee told the provision ‘makes no clinical sense’ before foetus is viable

Oct 11, 2017
Pat Leahy, Jack Power

Dr Rhona Mahony, master of the National Maternity Hospital, has said the Eighth Amendment “makes no clinical sense” before the foetus is viable.

Dr Mahony told the Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment that it the Constitutional provision “creates unacceptable clinical risk and should be removed”.

“Prior to foetal viability, we do not have the option of delivering a foetus because the foetus cannot survive and if a pregnant mother dies her baby dies too”.

Continued at source: Irish Times: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/rhona-mahony-eighth-amendment-creates-unacceptable-clinical-risk-1.3252250

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The Fight for Abortions in Ireland

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The Fight for Abortions in Ireland

As the country prepares to hold a referendum on abortion, religiously-motivated opposition to it may be on the wane.

Yasmeen Serhan
Oct 3, 2017 Global

Tens of thousands of people gathered in Dublin Saturday for the annual March for Choice, a demonstration calling on Ireland’s government to ease its near-total abortion ban. It was the first major rally organized by pro-choice advocates since the government announced an upcoming referendum: Next summer, the country will vote on whether it should change its abortion laws. The advocates told me that if the referendum works out in their favor, they may not have to organize any more marches.

But it’s not yet clear how likely the laws are to change, or even what changes will be proposed. The exact wording of the vote is not expected to be determined before December.

Continued at source: https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2017/10/ireland-abortion-referendum/541527/

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Ireland: Zappone: public would reject full liberalisation of abortion laws

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Zappone: public would reject full liberalisation of abortion laws
Minister for Children says she wants to encourage ‘conversations’ in run-up to referendum

Fri, Sep 29, 2017
Mary Minihan

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone has said she believes the public would not support a referendum proposing the extensive liberalisation of Ireland’s abortion laws recommended by the Citizens’ Assembly.

Her comments come as the Coalition to Repeal the Eighth Amendment said it would oppose any “watering down” of the assembly recommendations, including the recommendation of 64 per cent of its members that termination of pregnancy without restriction should be lawful.

Continued at source: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/zappone-public-would-reject-full-liberalisation-of-abortion-laws-1.3238976

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Ireland: Abortion committee chair says it would be ‘prudent’ to propose referendum that will pass

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Abortion committee chair says it would be ‘prudent’ to propose referendum that will pass
FG ministers believe only more restrictive abortion regime will pass

Sep 28, 2017
Pat Leahy Political Editor

The chairwoman of the all-party committee on the eighth amendment Senator Catherine Noone has said that it would be “prudent” for the Government to propose a wording that can be successful in a referendum.

Ms Noone was speaking following an Irish Times report on Thursday that Fine Gael ministers believe the Citizens Assembly recommendations are unlikely to be passed, either in the Dáil or in a referendum.

Continued at source: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-committee-chair-says-it-would-be-prudent-to-propose-referendum-that-will-pass-1.3237046

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Ireland: Abortion referendum set for May or June of next year

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Abortion referendum set for May or June of next year
Varadkar will bring indicative dates of various polls coinciding with elections to Cabinet

Sep 25, 2017
Mary Minihan

A referendum on the eighth amendment governing Ireland’s abortion laws is provisionally scheduled for either May or June 2018, according to a memorandum Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is bringing to Cabinet this week.

Indicative dates for upcoming referendums and future polls will be discussed by Ministers on Tuesday, with a number of votes possibly taking place on the same day as a presidential election.

Continued at source: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum-set-for-may-or-june-of-next-year-1.3232397

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Ireland: Abortion panel battles email flood

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Abortion panel battles email flood

September 19 2017
The Times

TDs and senators considering Ireland’s abortion laws have been overwhelmed by emails from pro-choice and anti-abortion campaigners.

Catherine Noone, chairwoman of the committee considering what law on abortion would be introduced if the public voted to repeal the Eighth Amendment, said that it was an “administrative nightmare”.

Continued at source: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/abortion-panel-battles-email-flood-qth5rp6z6

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Ireland: Ministers raise concerns over abortion poll

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Ministers raise concerns over abortion poll
Saturday, September 16, 2017

By Fiachra Ó Cionnaith
Irish Examiner Political Correspondent

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and two of his ministers have questioned whether the Eighth Amendment referendum will be passed if it allows unrestricted access to abortion in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.

Mr Varadkar, Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald and Fine Gael’s deputy leader Simon Coveney said they doubt the vote will be backed by the public if the Citizens’ Assembly recommendation is included in any final referendum wording.

Continued at source: http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/ministers-raise-concerns-over-abortion-poll-459084.html

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Ireland: Taoiseach not sure public would back Citizens’ Assembly’s stance on abortion

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Taoiseach not sure public would back Citizens' Assembly's stance on abortion

The Assembly said terminations should be allowed without restriction up to the 12th week of pregnancy.
Sept 15, 2017

THE TAOISEACH HAS said he’s not sure if members of the public would support the Citizens’ Assembly’s recommendations on Ireland’s abortion legislation.

Speaking at the Fine Gael think-in today, Leo Varadkar said: “I honestly don’t know if the public would go as far as what the Citizens’ Assembly have recommended. Public opinion polls have indicated that they wouldn’t, but that may change during the course of the debate.

Continued at source: The Journal: https://www.thejournal.ie/eighth-amendment-referendum-3600112-Sep2017/

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Ireland: Abortion committee members cast doubt on final agreement

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Abortion committee members cast doubt on final agreement
Niamh Lyons, Ireland Political Editor

September 13 2017, The Times

Members of the Eighth Amendment committee have expressed doubts about whether the group can deliver an agreed set of recommendations, with fears that up to three reports could emanate from the hearings.

The committee meets today to sign off on its draft work plan and organise its future hearings into modules.

Continued at source: The Times UK: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/ireland/abortion-committee-members-cast-doubt-on-final-agreement-ltpxfjhxv

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