RÉUNION/FRANCE – Proposal to include the right to abortion in the Constitution of France

RÉUNION/FRANCE – Proposal to include the right to abortion in the Constitution of France

by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion
Aug 7, 2019

The island of Réunion, east of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean off the east coast of Africa, is still a territory of France. Now, 50 members of the French National Assembly, including three from Réunion, have proposed that the right to abortion should be included in the French Constitution.

The French abortion law, the Veil Law, dates back to 1975, passed under Health Minister Simone Veil. Among the reasons that may hinder access to legal abortions today, however, despite this law, is the use of the conscience clause. In France, there is a general clause allowing “conscience” for all types of medical treatment, and a specific clause related to abortion. Feminist groups defending abortion rights have regularly called for the removal of the conscience clause for physicians in relation to abortion. On 26 June 2019, Marlene Schiappa, Secretary of State for Equality between Women and Men, described their demand as “legitimate” in a speech to the delegation for women’s rights of the National Assembly. She reported that committee had been set up in mid-June to determine what the “necessary legislative changes” should be as regards access to abortion. She stressed that it was important to allow time for this, in order to “involve all stakeholders”, according to Ouest-France.

Continued: https://www.safeabortionwomensright.org/reunion-france-proposal-to-include-the-right-to-abortion-in-the-constitution-of-france/


The Abortion Exodus – more Poles and Croats going abroad

The Abortion Exodus - more Poles and Croats going abroad

By Michael Bird, Lina Vdovii and Blaz Zgaga
BRUSSELS, 16. Jul, 2019

"The fact that I had to terminate the second pregnancy was terribly sad," said Warsaw-based Anna, now 39.

She was in her tenth week, and her doctors advised her to take a test to check for chromosomal abnormality, which discovered Down's Syndrome.

Continued: https://euobserver.com/social/145450


Right to abortion: Minister to take Brussels Declaration to UN

Right to abortion: Minister to take Brussels Declaration to UN

Friday, 15 February 2019

The Minister-President of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation, Rudy Demotte, is due from 10 to 14 March to go to New York.

The trip is with a view to taking the Brussels Declaration, which in particular is calling for legalizing abortion (in French-speaking Belgium called IVG), at the 63rd UN Commission on the Status of Women, said his department on Thursday.

Continued: http://www.brusselstimes.com/belgium/14096/right-to-abortion-demotte-will-take-brussels-declaration-to-un-at-beginning-of-march


Draft abortion law ‘could face freedom of conscience case’

Draft abortion law 'could face freedom of conscience case'

Updated / Sunday, 14 Oct 2018
By Joe Little, Religious & Social Affairs Correspondent

A leading member of the Medico-Legal Alliance has hinted that the country's draft abortion law may face a legal challenge similar to the Asher's Bakery freedom of conscience case.

Senior Counsel Ben Ó Floinn said it would be regrettable if such a challenge became necessary in order to secure a wide-ranging freedom of conscience for doctors who will not provide terminations.

Continued: https://www.rte.ie/news/2018/1013/1002952-abortion-conscience/


Ireland – Doctors should not be forced to ‘aid and abet’ abortions, says John Bruton

Doctors should not be forced to ‘aid and abet’ abortions, says John Bruton
Former taoiseach believes asking physicians who oppose terminations to refer patients is unnecessary

Sep 8, 2018
Colin Gleeson

Former taoiseach John Bruton has said doctors opposed to abortion should not be forced to refer women seeking terminations to other physicians.

Mr Bruton, in a speech to the Pro Life Education dinner in the Clayton Hotel, Dublin, on Saturday night, said he feared anti-abortion doctors would be “targeted” by those who wanted to “catch them out”.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/doctors-should-not-be-forced-to-aid-and-abet-abortions-says-john-bruton-1.3623094


Ireland – Abortion legislation to come before Dáil within weeks, says Harris

Abortion legislation to come before Dáil within weeks, says Harris

Saturday, 8 Sep 2018
By Joe Mag Raollaigh

Legislation that will pave the way for the introduction of abortion in Ireland will be brought to the Dáil in a matter of weeks.

However, Minister for Health Simon Harris has warned against reopening the referendum debate after former Taoiseach John Bruton said the proposed legislation needs to be amended.

Mr Harris confirmed today that the Bill is being finalised.

Continued: https://www.rte.ie/news/politics/2018/0908/992511-abortion-legislation-dail/


UK: Home abortions ‘could see more objections from GPs and pharmacists’

Home abortions 'could see more objections from GPs and pharmacists'

Feb 8, 2018

A midwife who campaigned for staff to opt out of abortion work fears plans for "at home" abortions could see a rise in objections from health staff.

Mary Doogan lost her fight to not be responsible for other colleagues involved in terminations. She thinks the plans to allow women to take the second abortion pill at home will implicate GPs and pharmacists.

Continued: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-42989711


Ireland: Medical professionals will be able to object to providing terminations

Medical professionals will be able to object to providing terminations
GPs, obstetricians and gynaecologists will be allowed to conscientiously object

Feb 7, 2018
Sarah Bardon

Medical professionals will be able to object to the administration of terminations under Government proposals.

Minister for Health Simon Harris has confirmed he will allow for GPs, obstetricians and gynaecologists to conscientiously object to providing terminations in medical settings. The Government is seeking to introduce legislation to allow for abortions up to 12 weeks and believes this should be a service led by GPs.

However those representing GPs are critical of the lack of engagement by Mr Harris on the proposed legislation.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/medical-professionals-will-be-able-to-object-to-providing-terminations-1.3382792


UK: I introduced the Abortion Act 50 years ago this week. This is why it now needs extending

I introduced the Abortion Act 50 years ago this week. This is why it now needs extending

Northern Ireland’s lack of access to abortion and the fact that we won’t decriminalise it altogether in England and Wales puts us miles behind our European neighbours who allow all women to access abortions on request

David Steel
Thursday 26 October 2017

I recently encountered a professor of medicine who fifty years ago was a young medical student witnessing the passing of the Abortion Act into law. His lecturer held up a newly printed copy of the Act and said: “This is a historic day because your generation of doctors will never have to confront the consequences of botched abortions”. If only this had truly been the case.

Continued at source: http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/abortion-act-northern-ireland-law-referendum-a8020826.html