Ireland made up its mind on abortion years ago, say campaigners

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Ireland made up its mind on abortion years ago, say campaigners
Exit poll in referendum shows 75% of voters had not changed mind on issue in past five years

Lisa O'Carroll in Roscommon
Sat 26 May 2018

Ireland has profoundly changed its attitudes towards women, campaigners have said after a behavioural survey showed most voters made up their minds to repeal abortion laws years ago.

The details of an exit poll by the broadcaster RTE, released in full on Saturday morning, confounded all expectations with no urban-rural divide, little gender difference in voting and only one in 10 saying they had been influenced by posters or religion. The only age group to vote no were the over-65s.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/may/26/ireland-made-up-its-mind-on-abortion-years-ago-say-campaigners

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The Catholic Church is absent in Ireland’s abortion referendum

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The Catholic Church is absent in Ireland’s abortion referendum
Abortion in Ireland is like gay marriage, emblematic of moving on from a religious past

Melanie McDonagh
5 May 2018

The Irish referendum on abortion takes place in just under three weeks’ time, and while the polls suggest a hefty majority in favour, the narrative of inexorable change towards a more liberal Ireland sometimes goes off script. At a feminist forum last month, the anarchic grande dame of Irish republican feminism, Nell McCafferty, 74, brooded out loud: ‘I’ve been trying to make up my mind on abortion. Is it the killing of a human being?’ She couldn’t answer. ‘But it’s not that I’m unable — I am unwilling to face some of the facts about abortion.’

Continued: https://www.spectator.co.uk/2018/05/the-catholic-church-is-absent-in-irelands-abortion-referendum/

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Ireland – ‘Repeal the 8th’ mural reappears in Temple Bar

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‘Repeal the 8th’ mural reappears in Temple Bar
Maser’s mural was removed from side of the Project Arts Centre on Monday

April 27, 2018
Mark Hilliard

A mural backing repeal of the Eighth Amendment has reappeared in Dublin’s Temple Bar following its ordered removal from a nearby wall earlier this week.

The previous version, featuring the words “Repeal” inside a red love heart, was removed from the side of the Project Arts Centre building on Monday.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/repeal-the-8th-mural-reappears-in-temple-bar-1.3476832

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Ireland – Heart failure patient unable to get abortion as life ‘not at immediate risk’

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Heart failure patient unable to get abortion as life ‘not at immediate risk’
Woman with one lung and congenital cardiac condition unable to obtain termination

April 26, 2018
Kitty Holland

A Co Wexford woman who believed her pregnancy could kill her due to her existing health conditions was unable to have a termination after doctors judged her life was not at immediate risk.

Claire Malone (30), a widowed mother of two young children, became unexpectedly pregnant last summer.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/heart-failure-patient-unable-to-get-abortion-as-life-not-at-immediate-risk-1.3475728

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How 99 strangers in a Dublin hotel broke Ireland’s abortion deadlock

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How 99 strangers in a Dublin hotel broke Ireland's abortion deadlock
Ahead of a public vote in May, the work of a citizens’ assembly to debate the previously taboo subject is still being felt

Patrick Chalmers in Dublin
Thu 8 Mar 2018

Ninety-nine random strangers, a North Dublin hotel and a lot of cups of tea and coffee – not exactly the stuff of political revolution.

Yet little more than a year later, it appears that an unlikely assemblage of housewives, students, ex-teachers, truck drivers and others has brought Ireland to the brink of radical change to its abortion laws.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/mar/08/how-99-strangers-in-a-dublin-hotel-broke-irelands-abortion-deadlock

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Ireland: Amnesty challenges Sipo order to return abortion campaign donation

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Amnesty challenges Sipo order to return abortion campaign donation
Group says €137,000 payment from Open Society Foundations not for political purposes

Feb 12, 2018
Aodhan O'Faolain

Amnesty International’s Irish section has challenged an order by the Standards in Public Office Commission (Sipo) requiring it to return a €137,000 donation to its campaign to hold a referendum on the State’s abortion laws.

The donation was made in August 2015 by the Swiss-based Open Society Foundations (OSF), founded by billionaire George Soros, for the “My Body, My Rights” campaign, which involved organising events and seminars for politicians prior to the 2016 general election.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime-and-law/courts/high-court/amnesty-challenges-sipo-order-to-return-abortion-campaign-donation-1.3389577

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From Linda Kavanagh to Tracy Harkin: A guide to who’s who in Ireland’s divisive abortion debate

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From Linda Kavanagh to Tracy Harkin: A guide to who's who in Ireland's divisive abortion debate
With Ireland's landmark referendum on the Eighth Amendment looming, voices on both sides of the abortion debate are getting ­ louder. But who exactly is lining out?

John Meagher
February 4 2018

It has been a momentous week for campaigners on both sides of the great abortion debate as it was finally confirmed that a referendum would be held this summer. Friday, May 25, is thought to be the most likely day for the referendum, one that pro-choice supporters hope will forever lift the ban on abortion.

But despite a series of opinion polls that indicate that the majority of the country wants change, the pro-life side believes a large cohort of people opposed to abortion have not had their voices heard.

Continued: https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/abortion-referendum/from-linda-kavanagh-to-tracy-harkin-a-guide-to-whos-who-in-irelands-divisive-abortion-debate-36558195.html

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Ireland: Standards commission explains why George Soros’ donation to fund Amnesty abortion campaign was illegal

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Standards commission explains why George Soros' donation to fund Amnesty abortion campaign was illegal
The law bans any foreign donations that aren’t from an Irish citizen who resides outside the island.

Dec 13, 2017

THE STANDARDS IN Public Office Commission (SIPO) has explained why it ordered Amnesty International to return a donation made by billionaire George Soros for its My Body My Rights campaign.

Sipo said current legislation governing donations to political groups forces those who receive donations over €100 to register as a third-party. The Electoral Act also bans foreign donations from an individual other than an Irish citizen who resides outside the island of Ireland – meaning Soros’ €137,000 donation did not meet the criteria for an acceptable donation.

Continued at source: http://www.thejournal.ie/george-soros-banned-3748738-Dec2017/

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Ireland: Amnesty welcomes Sinn Féin Ard Fheis policy change on access to abortion

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Amnesty welcomes Sinn Féin Ard Fheis policy change on access to abortion
Nov 18, 2017

Amnesty International has welcomed today’s passing of a motion at Sinn Féin’s Ard Fheis which extends the party’s support for abortion access to when a woman or girl’s physical or mental health is at risk.

The motion also reasserts their opposition to the criminalisation of women who make the decision to have an abortion. It also commits the party to developing a women’s health policy, which takes into consideration the recommendations of the Citizens’ Assembly on access to abortion in the Republic of Ireland.

Continued at source: https://www.amnesty.org.uk/press-releases/amnesty-welcomes-sinn-fein-ard-fheis-policy-change-access-abortion

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Ireland: Majority would support abortion on demand, says Amnesty poll

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Majority would support abortion on demand, says Amnesty poll
Red C Poll finds 85% of people support abortion choice if pregnancy is result of rape

Oct 31, 2017
Kitty Holland

A majority of people would support abortion on demand, a poll commissioned by Amnesty International and published on Wednesday has found.

The Red C Poll of 1,000 adults, conducted by telephone between October 16th and 19th, found that 60 per cent of people believe women should have abortion on demand, either outright or within gestational limits.

Its findings, said executive director of Amnesty International Ireland Colm O’Gorman, show the public strongly support “women making their own decisions about their pregnancies”.

Continued at source: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/majority-would-support-abortion-on-demand-says-amnesty-poll-1.3275762

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