Ireland’s abortion regime to be scrutinised by British politicians

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Ireland’s abortion regime to be scrutinised by British politicians
Inquiry will focus on issues relating to women travelling from Ireland to Britain

July 18, 2017
Mary Minihan

A fresh inquiry into Ireland’s abortion regime will be undertaken by a group of British and Irish politicians.

A committee of the British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly, chaired by former Northern Ireland Office minister Lord Alfred Dubs, will focus on issues relating to women travelling from Ireland to Britain to seek terminations.

Lord Dubs announced the inquiry into the “cross-jurisdictional” implications of abortion policy at the assembly meeting in Kilkenny on Tuesday.

Continued at source: Irish Times: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/ireland-s-abortion-regime-to-be-scrutinised-by-british-politicians-1.3158798

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The Irish Citizens’ Assembly publishes its report and recommendations

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The Irish Citizens’ Assembly publishes its report and recommendations

by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion
July 7, 2017

The report and recommendations of the Citizens’ Assembly (the Assembly) on the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution have been laid before the Houses of the Oireachtas (parliament) today by Chair of the Assembly Ms. Justice Mary Laffoy. According to the terms of reference establishing the Assembly, the report will now be referred for consideration to a Committee of both Houses which will in turn bring its conclusions to the Houses for debate.

In her introduction to the report, the Chair of the Assembly Ms Laffoy, said her primary objective in the drafting of the report was “To ensure that there is a clear, complete and accurate record of the work of the Assembly on the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution and to demonstrate what happened both before and at the meetings, so that there is openness and transparency on the manner in which the members were informed on this topic.

Continued at source: International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion: http://www.safeabortionwomensright.org/the-irish-citizens-assembly-publishes-its-report-and-recommendations/

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Ireland: Citizens’ Assembly members warn politicians over ‘delaying tactic’

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Citizens’ Assembly members warn politicians over ‘delaying tactic’

Members who voted in favour of more liberal abortion regime want issue put to a vote
June 29, 2017
Ronan McGreevy

Members of the Citizens’ Assembly have called for better sex education in schools and for more support for pregnant women in Ireland.

The report of Ms Justice Mary Laffoy into the outcome of the assembly on abortion contained a series of recommendations agreed by the members by consensus.

Continued at link: Irish Times: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/citizens-assembly-members-warn-politicians-over-delaying-tactic-1.3137774

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Ireland: Amnesty International welcomes Citizens’ Assembly report as road map for abortion reform

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Amnesty International welcomes Citizens’ Assembly report as road map for abortion reform
29th June 2017

Amnesty International reiterates need for access on request at least in early pregnancy to ensure a human rights compliant abortion framework

Amnesty International today welcomed the recommendations put forward by the Citizens’ Assembly in the report written by its Chair, Justice Mary Laffoy. In April, members of the Citizens’ Assembly called for expansive reform of Ireland’s abortion laws. In addition to overwhelming backing for the removal of the Eighth Amendment from the Constitution, they voted by a two-thirds majority for access to abortion on request at least in early pregnancy, and by even greater majorities for later gestational limits in specific circumstances.

Continued at source: Amnesty International: https://www.amnesty.ie/amnesty-international-welcomes-citizens-assembly-report-road-map-abortion-reform/

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Ireland: Abortion report by citizens’ assembly demands 20-week anomaly scans

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Abortion report by citizens’ assembly demands 20-week anomaly scans
Ellen Coyne, Senior Ireland Reporter

June 26 2017, The Times

All women in Ireland should have access to 20-week anomaly scans, a report on abortion reform will recommend.

Universal standards in maternity services are understood to be among additional recommendations included in Ms Justice Mary Laffoy’s report, which is due this week.

Continued at source: The Times: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/abortion-report-by-citizens-assembly-demands-20-week-anomaly-scans-p29zvt35p

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Ireland: Deep divisions hamper abortion committee

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Deep divisions hamper abortion committee
Monday, June 26, 2017
Alison O’Connor

As Judge Mary Laffoy gets ready to present her report on the Citizens’ Assembly, Alison O’Connor says we are in for a tortuous few months before we get to vote on the issue.

THIS week, Judge Mary Laffoy will deliver her report to the Government on the conclusions of the Citizens’ Assembly on the future of the eighth amendment to the Constitution.

On one level, we are fully aware of what it is the 100 members who made up the Citizens’ Assembly want, because they voted on it, causing ripples of shock throughout the country, back in April.

Continued at source: Irish Examiner: http://www.irishexaminer.com/viewpoints/analysis/deep-divisions-hamper-abortion-committee-453323.html

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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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