Ireland: ‘Pro-choice’ senator elected chair of abortion committee

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‘Pro-choice’ senator elected chair of abortion committee
Oireachtas committee examining abortion law meets for first time

June 21, 2017
Mary Minihan

Fine Gael Senator Catherine Noone has been elected chairwoman of the Oireachtas abortion committee, which met for the first time on Wednesday in private.

The committee will meet again in two weeks. Ms Noone was the only nominee.

Fine Gael’s Senator Jerry Buttimer had been tipped to become chairman, partly because he led the Oireachtas committee that held hearings on the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill four years ago.

Continued at source: Irish Times: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/pro-choice-senator-elected-chair-of-abortion-committee-1.3127176

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Ireland: As Oireachtas Committee meets for the first time, Amnesty International calls for access to abortion on request in early pregnancy.

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As Oireachtas Committee meets for the first time, Amnesty International calls for access to abortion on request in early pregnancy.

20th June 2017

Amnesty International has reiterated its call for access to abortion on request in early pregnancy following a news report that two women who had attempted suicide were initially denied access to abortion services in Ireland before finally being deemed eligible. The cases outlined by the Abortion Support Network (ASN) and reported in The Times involved two immigrant women who did not have the required visas to travel to the UK. This report comes just one week after an adolescent girl was detained under mental health legislation rather than provided with an abortion under the suicide ground of the 2013 Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act.

Continued at source: Amnesty International: https://www.amnesty.ie/distressing-cases-highlight-flaws-grounds-based-abortion-legislation/

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Ireland must deal with abortion issue ‘definitively’, says Health Minister

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Ireland must deal with abortion issue 'definitively', says Health Minister
Tuesday 20th June 2017

Health Minister Simon Harris says Ireland must deal with abortion "definitively", after two women who had attempted suicide more than once were refused abortions in Ireland.

The Abortion Support Network says the women were both immigrants who needed visas if they were going to travel to the UK for a legal termination.

One of the pregnancies had been diagnosed with a fatal foetal abnormality.

Last night, Minister Harris said that he would make all possible resources available to draft legislation for a referendum on the issue.

Continued at source: WLR-FM: http://www.wlrfm.com/news/national/118035-ireland-must-deal-with-abortion-issue-definitively-says-health-minister.html

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Ireland: Cautious welcome for new Taoiseach’s 2018 Repeal referendum

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Cautious welcome for new Taoiseach’s 2018 Repeal referendum

June 16, 2017
Referendum on the 8th Amendment could be a step forward for Ireland

Speaking today in response to the announcement of a referendum to take place in 2018, Abortion Rights Campaign (ARC) spokesperson Linda Kavanagh said, “We’d obviously welcome it, however we reserve judgement until the wording of the referendum is revealed. We fear that it will offer only very limited abortion access and repeat the failures of the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act. We need broad-based legislation so that real and realistic access is given, otherwise thousands will still travel or break the law by importing and taking abortion pills.”

Continued at source: Abortion Rights Campaign: https://www.abortionrightscampaign.ie/2017/06/16/cautious-welcome-for-new-taoiseachs-2018-repeal-referendum/

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UN highlights the shame of Ireland’s harsh abortion laws

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UN highlights the shame of Ireland’s harsh abortion laws
13 June 2017

A ruling issued today by the UN Human Rights Committee (UNHRC) that Ireland’s harsh abortion laws violated the human rights of an Irish woman is yet another reminder of the desperate need for reform, Amnesty International said.

The UNHRC ordered that Ireland redress the harm it caused to Siobhán Whelan, who was forced to travel to the UK for an abortion in 2010, including by reforming its abortion laws to prevent similar violations happening to other women.

“This is the second case within a year where the UN has found Ireland’s abortion laws to be grossly out of step with its international human rights obligations. While we welcome this ruling, it is outrageous that women have to go to the UN to have their human rights respected. How many more women will have to suffer before the Irish government opens its eyes?” said Gauri Van Gulik, Amnesty International’s Deputy Europe Director.

Continued at source: Amnesty International: https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2017/06/un-highlights-the-shame-of-irelands-harsh-abortion-laws/

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Irish Teenager Who Asked For An Abortion Was Sectioned Under Mental Health Act

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Irish Teenager Who Asked For An Abortion Was Sectioned Under Mental Health Act
She was held in a mental health unit against her will.

June 13, 2017
Sara C Nelson Senior Editor, The Huffington Post UK

An Irish teenager who requested an abortion was instead sectioned and held in a mental health unit against her will.

The girl, whose name has not been released, was seen by a consultant psychiatrist who “was of the opinion that while the child was at risk of self-harm and suicide as a result of the pregnancy, this could be managed by treatment and that termination of the pregnancy was not the solution for all of the child’s problems at that stage.”

The girl and her mother had believed they were being “transferred to Dublin for a termination and she was very agitated when she found that she was being admitted to a mental health unit.”

Continued at source: Huffington Post UK: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/irish-teenager-who-asked-for-an-abortion-is-sectioned-under-mental-health-act_uk_593fd4d7e4b02402687ca82e

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Ireland: Write to Leo!

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Write to Leo!
June 2, 2017

It’s been announced that Leo Varadkar is the new leader of Fine Gael. Pending a Dáil vote, it’s likely he will also be our new Taoiseach. We’ve prepared a letter for our supporters to send to Leo asking him to take the recommendations of the Citizens’ Assembly seriously and commit to properly reforming abortion law in Ireland. Just copy the text below and send by email to leo.varadkar@oir.ie or by post to Leo Varadkar, T.D., 37A Main Street, Ongar, Dublin 15.

UPDATE: We now have an Irish translation of the letter! See below for more.

Continued at source: Abortion Rights Campaign: https://www.abortionrightscampaign.ie/2017/06/02/write-to-leo/

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New poll says Irish public want abortion laws to change… but only in certain cases

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New poll says Irish public want abortion laws to change... but only in certain cases
According to the Irish Times/Ipsos Mori poll, most people don’t favour unrestricted access to abortion, however.
May 27, 2017

THE IRISH PUBLIC favours a change to the current abortion laws but differs significantly from the recommendations made by the Citizens’ Assembly on the matter, according to a new poll.

The poll, by the Irish Times/Ipsos Mori, says an overwhelming majority feel that abortion should be legal on grounds such as pregnancy as a result of rape or when a serious risk is posed to the health of the woman.

Continued at source: The Journal: https://www.thejournal.ie/abortion-eighth-ireland-3412199-May2017/

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Ireland: Fine Gael TDs complete 21-person abortion committee

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Fine Gael TDs complete 21-person abortion committee
Naughton and Fitzpatrick take final slots on body dominated by two biggest parties

Thu, May 25, 2017
Mary Minihan

Fine Gael TDs Hildegarde Naughton and Peter Fitzpatrick will take the final two slots on the 21-person Oireachtas abortion committee.

Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil combined will continue to command a majority on the Joint Committee on the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution, which will consider the recommendations of the Citizens’ Assembly.

Continued at source: Irish Times: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/fine-gael-tds-complete-21-person-abortion-committee-1.3096462

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Ireland: Poll finds more than three-quarters for abortion when pregnancy threatens woman’s health

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Poll finds more than three-quarters for abortion when pregnancy threatens woman's health
May 14, 2017

More than three out of four voters support making abortion available where a woman's future health could be damaged by a pregnancy, according to a new survey.

The poll found that 75% say terminations should be allowed in cases of fatal foetal abnormalities.

The Behaviour and Attitudes poll for today's Sunday Times found 60% were opposed to unrestricted access to abortion services.

Continued at source: Breaking News Ireland: http://www.breakingnews.ie/ireland/poll-finds-more-than-three-quarters-for-abortion-when-pregancy-threatens-womans-health-789617.html

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