Ireland – Liam Weeks: ‘Abortion: the issue that never goes away’

Liam Weeks: 'Abortion: the issue that never goes away'
New disagreements suggest the referendum has made abortion more political than ever

Liam Weeks
December 9 2018

After six referendums and 35 years of debate, there was a sentiment, or at least an expectation, that the abortion issue had finally been put to bed last May.

But, as the events surrounding Minister Simon Harris's plans to legislate for the referendum result have shown, abortion remains a live political issue.

Continued: https://www.independent.ie/opinion/comment/liam-weeks-abortion-the-issue-that-never-goes-away-37607855.html

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Ireland – Fill me in – What does the new abortion legislation say?

Fill me in - What does the new abortion legislation say?
Referendum fatigue since May 25th has made it hard to keep up.

Dec 6, 2018

IT’S BEEN OVER six months since Ireland resoundingly voted yes to repealing the 8th Amendment and to giving people choice in their pregnancy.

The date of the Referendum – May 25th – will go down in history, but it was the years and months and weeks leading up to this date that truly won the vote.

The victory for reproductive rights was a hard fought, long drawn-out and emotionally draining battle. Since the euphoria and relief of that day in May, activists, campaigners and supporters have felt a collective fatigue that made it nigh impossible to click into any article on the subject.

Continued: https://www.dailyedge.ie/what-is-the-law-on-abortion-in-ireland-4380421-Dec2018/

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Irish Lawmakers Vote to Allow Abortion, Part of Landmark Liberal Shift

Irish Lawmakers Vote to Allow Abortion, Part of Landmark Liberal Shift

By Ed O’Loughlin
Dec. 6, 2018

DUBLIN — Fighting off last-ditch resistance, Irish lawmakers overwhelmingly passed a bill introducing free and legal abortion to a nation that was long a bastion of staunchly conservative Catholicism, seven months after voters repealed a constitutional ban on abortion.

An often heated session of the Parliament’s lower house on Wednesday had to be extended several times, as a small number of members — mainly independent conservatives — talked at length on dozens of amendments, almost all of which were voted down by large majorities. The bill’s opponents attempted to prolong the debate even further, which could have derailed the government’s plan to make abortion available in January.

continued: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/06/world/europe/ireland-legal-abortion-vote.html

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Irish parliament’s lower house passes historic bill to legalise abortion

Irish parliament's lower house passes historic bill to legalise abortion
Politicians are racing to have law in place by January

Adam Withnall
Dec 5, 2018

The lower house of Ireland's parliament has passed historic legislation to make abortion legal for the first time, after members voted overwhelmingly in favour at the stroke of midnight on Wednesday.

The bill put before the lower house, the Dáil, would legalise free access to abortion up to 12 weeks. After that, it would permit abortion only in cases where the woman was at risk of serious harm or death, or where a doctor has given a diagnosis of a fatal foetal abnormality.

Continued: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/ireland-abortion-irish-parliament-dail-bill-legalise-oireachtas-a8669661.html

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This abortion law isn’t what Ireland voted for

This abortion law isn't what Ireland voted for
The Dáil should listen to the voters, not generate red tape that could stop vulnerable people getting the care they need

Emer O’Toole
Tue 4 Dec 2018

In 1983, as the Irish electorate voted in favour of a constitutional ban on abortion, campaigners warned in bold print: “This Amendment Could Kill Women.”

It did.

Following the tragedy of Savita Halappanavar’s death in 2012, Irish politicians were forced to legislate on a 20-year-old supreme court decision, one that consecutive governments had conspicuously kicked into the long grass. In 1992, a judge had ruled that a suicidal teenage rape victim had the right to an abortion. When the government finally produced the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act 2013, it was so clearly unfit for purpose that the Abortion Rights Campaign doubted it would enable a suicidal teenage rape victim to access a termination at all.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/dec/04/abortion-law-ireland-voted-dail-listen

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Ireland – Legislating for abortion is very complex and a clear guiding principle is required

Opinion: Legislating for abortion is very complex and a clear guiding principle is required
The ‘yes’ side contained a wide range of views about when abortion should be permitted – the government can’t please them all, writes Professor Dermot Cox.

Fri Nov 30, 2018
Dermot Cox

THE EIGHTH AMENDMENT did not prohibit abortion – in fact it never mentioned the word abortion, rather it articulated a guiding principle that the foetus had rights that were on par with those of the mother.

The government’s rationale for repealing the eighth was that it tied their hands to legislate in this area. Now it has stated that it will introduce legislation on abortion as this reflects the will of the people in the referendum.

Continued: https://www.thejournal.ie/readme/opinion-legislating-for-abortion-is-very-complex-and-a-clear-guiding-principle-is-required-4367894-Nov2018/

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Ireland – Harris seeks availability of second doctor in abortion cases

Harris seeks availability of second doctor in abortion cases

Thursday, 29 Nov 2018
By Ailbhe Conneely, RTÉ News Political reporter

The Minister for Health has put forward an amendment to the Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy Bill allowing a second practitioner to carry out an abortion procedure if the first practitioner is unavailable.

The amendment relates to the three day wait period, which allows for 72 hours between a woman's first visit and the second visit.

Continued: https://www.rte.ie/news/politics/2018/1128/1013989-abortion-dail/

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Ireland – Abortion: Wait rather than risk a tragedy

Abortion: Wait rather than risk a tragedy

Saturday, November 17, 2018

The Government hopes to pass abortion legislation before Christmas and Taoiseach Leo Varadakar has said he is confident the Government’s timeline to have pregnancy termination services available in January 2019 can be met.

Those are both big asks as the process of setting up the service has already met a number of hurdles. In the first instance, there remains a cohort of TDs and senators opposed to introducing abortion services here and they will do anything they can to stop or delay it.

Continued: https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/views/ourview/abortion-wait-rather-than-risk-a-tragedy-885875.html

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Ireland – Harris wants free abortions for women from Northern Ireland

Harris wants free abortions for women from Northern Ireland

Ellen Coyne, Senior Ireland Reporter
November 12 2018

The Irish government is trying to find a way to offer free abortion services to women from Northern Ireland.

Sources close to Simon Harris said the health minister was “frustrated” by legal barriers that would block the state from covering the cost of an abortion for women coming from the North once the law in the republic is changed.

Continued: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/ireland/harris-wants-free-abortions-for-women-from-northern-ireland-hbhphbdj5

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Ireland – 200 amendments but only one is passed as abortion debate rages on

200 amendments but only one is passed as abortion debate rages on

Ellen Coyne, Senior Ireland Reporter
November 9 2018

After three days of intense debate that was often impassioned and deeply personal, only one of 180 amendments to the abortion bill was accepted.

Simon Harris, the health minister, added a clause that will mean the bill legalising terminations will be reviewed after five years. However, that will be shortened to three years at a later stage. The legislation was being examined by a select health committee.

Continued: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/200-amendments-but-only-one-is-passed-as-abortion-debate-rages-on-crvnpf8jr

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