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

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Ireland – Shareholders in private hospitals threaten legal action to block abortion laws

Shareholders in private hospitals threaten legal action to block abortion laws

27/08/2018

Minority shareholders in some private hospitals are threatening to block the new abortion laws in the courts.

They have outlined their demands in a letter to the Oireachtas Health Committee, saying they want their religious beliefs protected without being financially disadvantaged.

Continued: https://www.breakingnews.ie/ireland/shareholders-in-private-hospitals-threaten-legal-action-to-block-abortion-laws-864756.html

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Ireland – Abortion laws ‘must not leave doctors in fear of prosecution’

Abortion laws ‘must not leave doctors in fear of prosecution’

Jennifer Bray, Ireland Deputy Political Editor
August 24 2018

The government has been urged to improve its draft legislation on abortion to stop doctors interpreting the new laws too conservatively.

A position paper by experts from Dublin City University, the University of Birmingham and Queen Mary University of London said that the government should consider asking doctors who have a conscientious objection to providing abortion care to declare it before the law comes into effect. Clinical guidelines that are due to be introduced alongside the legislation should clarify when and how a doctor who holds a conscientious objection should disclose it, it says.

Continued: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/abortion-laws-must-not-leave-doctors-in-fear-of-prosecution-wpwvkqnsp

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South Africa – Anti-Choice Culture Is Allowed To Flourish At UCT. Why?

Anti-Choice Culture Is Allowed To Flourish At UCT. Why?

Aug 22, 2018
Temwa-Dango Mwambene

I am not one to write open letters, but I am enraged. I am very tired but unfortunately for “racist cishetero patriarchal Christian torture” not tired enough (yet) to take action. I am tired of the University of Cape Town (UCT), particularly the Faculty of Health Sciences, taking ethically weak stances on issues that they are meant to be at the forefront of advocating for, writes TEMWA-DANGO MWAMBENE.

I have been at UCT for four years and I remember the then vice-chancellor Dr Max Price welcoming us on the first year MBChB registration day and speaking about how UCT is a place for rigorous academic debate and contrasting views and as an example invited us to participate in the upcoming ‘Israeli-Apartheid’ week. A week, if UCT had any ethical integrity, that should rather be dedicated to collective initiatives around awareness and actions in support of the Palestinian liberation struggle. But this open letter is not about UCT’s inability to take a pro-Palestine position but about abortions.

Continued: http://www.thedailyvox.co.za/anti-choice-culture-is-allowed-to-flourish-at-uct-why-temwa-dango-mwambene/

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Ireland – GPs may decide nine-week limit to allow abortion

GPs may decide nine-week limit to allow abortion

Eilish O'Regan
August 21 2018

Family doctors may decline to provide a medical abortion to a woman who is more than nine weeks' pregnant if access to ultrasound is not available.

Proposed legislation widening the grounds for abortion following repeal of the Eighth Amendment will allow medical terminations up to 12 weeks in pregnancy.

Continued: https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/health/gps-may-decide-nineweek-limit-to-allow-abortion-37235995.html

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Argentine doctors protest legal abortion ahead of key vote

Argentine doctors protest legal abortion ahead of key vote

By almudena calatrava, associated press
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Aug 1, 2018

A campaign to expand legal abortions in the homeland of Pope Francis is bitterly dividing Argentines — and increasingly even the profession that would be asked to carry them out.

Hundreds of physicians have staged anti-abortion protests as an abortion rights bill moves toward a vote in the Senate next week. Some have demonstrated while carrying fetus-shaped dolls and waving signs saying: "I'm a doctor, not a murderer." At one recent protest, they laid white medical coats on the ground outside the presidential palace.

Continued: https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/argentine-doctors-protest-legal-abortion-ahead-key-vote-56955758

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Irish Bishops issue Catholic hospital guidelines that don’t allow abortion

Irish Bishops issue Catholic hospital guidelines that don't allow abortion

BY Seán Fahey
July 25, 2018

The Irish Catholic Bishops’ council are making movements to stop abortions from being carried out in Catholic-operated hospitals across the country.

The guidelines would be in direct contradiction of incoming laws that will legalise abortion in the state after May's historic vote.

The Code of Ethical Standards for Healthcare, which has been published by the religious group, and currently available in Veritas stores, also forbids gender reassignment surgeries.

Continued: https://www.buzz.ie/news/irish-bishops-catholic-hospital-abortion-293530

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Proposed Queensland abortion laws will improve access for regional and remote women, pro-choice advocates say

Proposed Queensland abortion laws will improve access for regional and remote women, pro-choice advocates say

ABC Capricornia
By Megan Hendry and Amy McCosker
July 25, 2018

Pro-choice advocates have thrown their support behind proposed changes to Queensland's abortion laws, saying it will give women in regional and remote areas better access to services.

Women in a large parts of north and west Queensland have limited access to abortion services and have been forced to travel vast distances to Rockhampton, Townsville or even interstate, according to not-for-profit abortion service provider, Marie Stopes Australia.

Continued: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-07-26/abortion-laws-will-improve-access-for-regional-and-remote-women/10004142

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How ‘conscientious objectors’ threaten women’s newly-won abortion rights in Latin America

How ‘conscientious objectors’ threaten women’s newly-won abortion rights in Latin America
From Uruguay to Chile, medical staff are refusing to provide abortion services even after their legalisation.

Diana Cariboni
18 July 2018

Women’s rights to legal abortion have increased in Latin America – but so have campaigns and policies for medical staff to be able to ‘conscientiously object’ and refuse to participate in these procedures.

“We didn’t see it coming,” said feminist activist Lilián Abracinskas in Uruguay, a secular country where abortion, same-sex marriage and the marijuana market were each legalised in the last decade.

Continued: https://www.opendemocracy.net/5050/diana-cariboni/conscientious-objectors-threaten-abortion-rights-latin-america

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Why the fight for legal abortion is only half the battle

Why the fight for legal abortion is only half the battle

July 13, 2018
By Shannon Kowalski and Susan Wood

For years, Irish women have been forced to travel abroad or seek underground abortion services. But, a historic vote in May delivered a landslide rebuke that rescinded the country’s constitutional provision recognizing the equal rights to life of both a woman and a fetus, opening the door to expanded reproductive autonomy. The euphoria over this victory has barely settled, and already steps are being taken to curb Irish women’s hard-won right. The new front of resistance to women’s rights emerges from those who seek to allow medical professionals to deny women abortion services based on their own religious or moral beliefs. It would be a mistake for Ireland’s legislators to allow such refusals, which ultimately endanger and discriminate against women.

Since 2000, 28 countries have liberalized their abortion laws. In response to this progress, anti-choice advocates and policy makers have mounted a deliberate campaign to undermine women’s access to legal abortion services. A primary tactic has been establishing laws and policies that allow doctors to opt out of fulfilling their professional obligation to provide health care services on the basis of their personal beliefs. The use of these so-called “conscience” claims is on the rise worldwide.

Continued: http://www.euronews.com/2018/07/13/why-the-fight-for-legal-abortion-is-only-half-the-battle-view

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