‘I had no real interest in politics, until this’ – Ireland’s accidental abortion activists

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‘I had no real interest in politics, until this’ – Ireland’s accidental abortion activists
On 25 May, voters in Ireland will decide whether to legalise abortion. Doctors, grandparents and those who have been forced to travel the UK to seek terminations have been raising their voices in a bid to shift the narrative

Joyce Fegan
Tue 22 May 2018

In September 1983, article 40.3.3 – the eighth amendment – was voted into the Irish constitution. It equated the life of the “unborn” with that of the mother. It gave rise to a ban on abortion in all circumstances from the moment of conception.

It also led to a grave national silence, whereby abortion was outsourced to neighbouring jurisdictions, with Britain becoming a place of medical refuge for at least 168,703 Irish women.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/may/22/ireland-abortion-vote-accidental-activists-eighth-amendment

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Ireland – Here’s what people on Twitter were saying about last night’s referendum debate on the Late Late Show

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Here's what people on Twitter were saying about last night's referendum debate on the Late Late Show
It was a fairly tense evening.
Sat April 28, 2018

LAST NIGHT, THE first televised debate on the referendum to repeal the Eighth Amendment took place on The Late Late Show.

Dr. Peter Boylan, the former Master of the National Maternity Hospital in Holles Street was representing the ‘Yes’ side, with the support of general practitioner Dr. Mary Favier.

On the ‘No’ side, were broadcaster Wendy Grace and Love Both spokeswoman Caroline Simons.

Continued: http://www.dailyedge.ie/what-people-were-saying-about-last-nights-referendum-debate-3983802-Apr2018/

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Ireland – Women feel need for abortion ‘cover stories’ for work, survey author says

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Women feel need for abortion ‘cover stories’ for work, survey author says
Four in five respondents say women’s health should be priority in reform of abortion law

March 23, 2018
Olivia Kelleher

Irish women undergoing abortions feel under pressure to create a “cover story” for the workplace which is adding to their burden and stigma, an author of a survey on abortion has said.

Fiona Bloomer of the University of Ulster said the research, carried out on behalf of the Alliance for Choice, found that women in Ireland feel they have to come up with an excuse for their absence from work when they are taking time off to have an abortion.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/health/women-feel-need-for-abortion-cover-stories-for-work-survey-author-says-1.3437162

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