Together for Yes begins tour of Ireland ahead of abortion vote

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Together for Yes begins tour of Ireland ahead of abortion vote
Group embarks on 12-day trip to push for repeal of ‘unforgiving’ Eighth Amendment

Sun, May 6, 2018
Conor Pope

The Together for Yes group has embarked on a 12-day tour of 22 locations across the State in an effort to convince more voters to back repeal of the Eighth Amendment in the forthcoming referendum on the issue.

Co-director Orla O’Connor told the campaign group’s first “Get Together For Yes” gathering, held in Athlone on Sunday, that the May 25th ballot was not a vote on abortion as “we already have abortion in Ireland”, but a vote “to decide if we will regulate it, make it safe, and care for the women of Ireland”.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/together-for-yes-begins-tour-of-ireland-ahead-of-abortion-vote-1.3486142

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Ireland – Abortion is already here, says Dr Boylan

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Abortion is already here, says Dr Boylan
Dr Peter Boylan. Photo: Gareth Chaney, Collins

Kevin Doyle
May 7 2018

Abortion is "already here" but needs to be made safe, the chair of the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, Dr Peter Boylan, has said.

Launching the Together For Yes national campaign in Athlone yesterday, Dr Boylan described the Eighth Amendment as "a failed experiment".

Continued: https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/abortion-referendum/abortion-is-already-here-says-dr-boylan-36879917.html

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Ireland – Q&A: Who will pay for abortions if the Eighth Amendment is repealed?

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Q&A: Who will pay for abortions if the Eighth Amendment is repealed?
Will taxpayers cover the cost of abortion under the public system?

May 6, 2018

In our Q&A: Eighth Amendment Referendum series, we are answering questions our readers have submitted in relation to the upcoming vote on 25 May.

THE QUESTION

One common question we received was related to the cost of terminations under the government’s plans and who would pay for them.

Some of those queries were:
Will abortions be paid for under the public health system? If abortions are to be paid for by public funds in public hospitals then will the government be giving additional funds to an already cash-strapped system? Will all hospitals carry out abortions or will there be special abortion units or clinics around the country?

Continued: http://www.thejournal.ie/abortion-q-and-a-cost-3989859-May2018/

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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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Lenny Abrahamson says Eighth Amendment is ‘national disgrace’

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Lenny Abrahamson says Eighth Amendment is ‘national disgrace’
Oscar-nominated film maker says amendment is a symptom of the ‘old darkness’

Sat, Apr 14, 2018
Mark Hilliard

Oscar-nominated film maker Lenny Abrahamson has described the Eighth Amendment as a “national disgrace”, allowing for policy by an “impulse to control” rather than compassion.

Mr Abrahamson, who was speaking at a rally in support of the Repeal campaign in Dublin on Saturday, said the legal framework was indicative of the attempt of “old Ireland” to cling on and to deny a movement of change.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/lenny-abrahamson-says-eighth-amendment-is-national-disgrace-1.3462272

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Ireland – ‘It is completely false to say abortion will take place right up until the end of pregnancy’

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'It is completely false to say abortion will take place right up until the end of pregnancy'
Dr Peter Boylan met with Health Minister Simon Harris today to discuss the risk associated with taking abortion pills.

April 12, 2018

“IT IS COMPLETELY FALSE to say abortion will take place right up until the end of pregnancy,” said Dr Peter Boylan today.

Health Minister Simon Harris and Arts Minister Josepha Madigan (who is tasked with driving Fine Gael’s referendum campaign) joined Dr Boylan today to discuss the medical harm posed to women by the Eighth Amendment.

The health minister said there was already a lot of “misinformation” being spread on the issue of late-term abortions.

Continued: http://www.thejournal.ie/peter-boylan-abortion-3955243-Apr2018/

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Ireland – Obstetricians and Gynaecologists to hold meeting on abortion

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Obstetricians and Gynaecologists to hold meeting on abortion
Doctors to discuss proposed abortion legislation but opposing views likely to surface

April 11, 2018
Marie O'Halloran

The Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists will hold an extraordinary general meeting on Friday to discuss the Government’s proposed abortion legislation.

Divergence of views on abortion proposals is expected to arise but chairman of the institute Dr Peter Boylan rejected a claim made by retired obstetrician Dr Eamon McGuinness that there was “possibly a little dispute” on the executive about the decision to support repeal of the Eighth Amendment.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/health/obstetricians-and-gynaecologists-to-hold-meeting-on-abortion-1.3458520

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Ireland – Government will seek to ban late-term abortions

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Government will seek to ban late-term abortions
Initiative to take effect if the Eighth Amendment removed from Constitution

Mar 26, 2018
Sarah Bardon

The Government will aim to prohibit late-term abortions except in the case of fatal foetal abnormalities, if the Eighth Amendment is removed from the Constitution.

Abortions which take place on the grounds of a threat to the life or health of the woman would not be permitted beyond viability, usually around the 23rd-24th week of pregnancy.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/government-will-seek-to-ban-late-term-abortions-1.3440056

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Ireland – McAleese has ‘no plans’ to campaign on abortion referendum

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McAleese has ‘no plans’ to campaign on abortion referendum
Former president says obstetricians’ criticism of the current law was compelling

Mar 12, 2018
Vivienne Clarke

Former President Mary McAleese says she has no plans to take part in the campaign for repeal of the Eighth Amendment.

In an RTÉ radio interview on Monday, she said he was disappointed the Eighth Amendment did not do what it had been supposed to do but she declined to be drawn on how exactly she planned to vote.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/mcaleese-has-no-plans-to-campaign-on-abortion-referendum-1.3423957

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Ireland ‘would have illegal abortion epidemic without access to UK terminations’

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Ireland 'would have illegal abortion epidemic without access to UK terminations'
The Oireachtas Committee is taking evidence on the Eighth Amendment

October 18 2017

Ireland would have an "epidemic of illegal abortions" and a "massive increase" in maternal mortality" if women were unable to access abortion in the UK, a senior doctor has warned.

Dr Peter Boylan, of the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, said it is well-documented that in countries where abortion is banned, the rate of women dying "remains high".

Continued at source: http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/republic-of-ireland/ireland-would-have-illegal-abortion-epidemic-without-access-to-uk-terminations-36240075.html

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