Ireland: ‘Our reproductive health laws have come to the attention of the UN Torture Committee’

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'Our reproductive health laws have come to the attention of the UN Torture Committee'

Ireland’s abortion laws are cruel, inhuman, degrading and discriminatory, writes Niall Behan.

Aug 4, 2017
Niall Behan CEO, Irish Family Planning Association

WHEN THE INTERNATIONAL experts on the United Nations Convention Against Torture reviewed Ireland last week, one of their principal areas of concern was reproductive coercion.

Felice Gaer, the Committee’s Vice-Chair and its longest serving member, grilled the state delegation about Article 40.3.3 of the Constitution—the Eighth Amendment—and the ways in which a woman’s right to informed consent and bodily autonomy during pregnancy and childbirth are affected by this provision.

And she had many questions about what she termed “this serious, difficult subject in Ireland of abortion”.

Continued at link: The Journal: http://www.thejournal.ie/readme/our-reproductive-health-laws-have-come-to-the-attention-of-the-un-torture-committee-3526954-Aug2017/

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Ireland: 25 annoying things about being pregnant

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25 annoying things about being pregnant

Amnesty International Ireland
Published on Aug 3, 2017

All pregnant women and girls are risk under the 8th Amendment. Watch until the end. Join our campaign: http://bit.ly/itstimecampaign #Repealthe8th #25annoyingthings

Continued at source: Amnesty International Ireland: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-P55gfs1Xos&feature=youtu.be

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Ireland: Abortion law drafts defended by Harris

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Abortion law drafts defended by Harris

Ellen Coyne, Senior Ireland Reporter
July 31 2017, The Times

Simon Harris has said that new abortion laws must be ready to go to fit Leo Varadkar’s timetable for a referendum on the Eighth Amendment.

The health minister defended his decision to start drafting legislation that could legalise abortion in certain circumstances before a special Oireachtas committee has had the time to decide if the constitutional ban should be lifted.

Continued at source: The Times: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/ireland/abortion-law-drafts-defended-byharris-mgpqgsbpd

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Call on government to make Irish abortion laws reflect that of rest of Europe

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Call on government to make Irish abortion laws reflect that of rest of Europe
Saturday, July 29, 2017

Abortion Rights Campaigners say it is time Ireland's abortion laws are brought into line with the rest of Europe.

Campaigners have reacted to comments made by the UN this week which challenged Ireland’s lack of progression on the issue.

The comments came from a United Nation committee which found that Ireland violated the human rights of a woman who had to travel to Britain for an abortion after her baby was diagnosed with a fatal foetal abnormality.

Continued at source: Irish Examiner: http://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/ireland/call-on-government-to-make-irish-abortion-laws-reflect-that-of-rest-of-europe-799972.html

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Ireland’s abortion regime to be scrutinised by British politicians

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Ireland’s abortion regime to be scrutinised by British politicians
Inquiry will focus on issues relating to women travelling from Ireland to Britain

July 18, 2017
Mary Minihan

A fresh inquiry into Ireland’s abortion regime will be undertaken by a group of British and Irish politicians.

A committee of the British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly, chaired by former Northern Ireland Office minister Lord Alfred Dubs, will focus on issues relating to women travelling from Ireland to Britain to seek terminations.

Lord Dubs announced the inquiry into the “cross-jurisdictional” implications of abortion policy at the assembly meeting in Kilkenny on Tuesday.

Continued at source: Irish Times: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/ireland-s-abortion-regime-to-be-scrutinised-by-british-politicians-1.3158798

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The Irish Citizens’ Assembly publishes its report and recommendations

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The Irish Citizens’ Assembly publishes its report and recommendations

by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion
July 7, 2017

The report and recommendations of the Citizens’ Assembly (the Assembly) on the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution have been laid before the Houses of the Oireachtas (parliament) today by Chair of the Assembly Ms. Justice Mary Laffoy. According to the terms of reference establishing the Assembly, the report will now be referred for consideration to a Committee of both Houses which will in turn bring its conclusions to the Houses for debate.

In her introduction to the report, the Chair of the Assembly Ms Laffoy, said her primary objective in the drafting of the report was “To ensure that there is a clear, complete and accurate record of the work of the Assembly on the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution and to demonstrate what happened both before and at the meetings, so that there is openness and transparency on the manner in which the members were informed on this topic.

Continued at source: International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion: http://www.safeabortionwomensright.org/the-irish-citizens-assembly-publishes-its-report-and-recommendations/

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Ireland: Varadkar has ‘no difficulty’ with abortion referendum before next summer

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Varadkar has 'no difficulty' with abortion referendum before next summer
Irish Independent
July 5, 2017

LEO Varadkar has said he will have “no difficulty” with a referendum on abortion taking place before next summer if the wording can be finalised by then.

The Taoiseach told the Dáil that he has “no interest" in putting the issue, asking the public whether they want to repeal the Eighth Amendment, which gives equal rights to a mother and her unborn child, on the long finger.

Continued at source: CampusIE: http://campus.ie/surviving-college/varadkar-has-no-difficulty-abortion-referendum-next-summer

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UK: Weakened Tories forced into Northern Ireland abortion u-turn

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Weakened Tories forced into Northern Ireland abortion u-turn

Sarah Sachs-Eldridge, Socialist Party national organizer
July 4, 2017

Thursday 29 June 2017 saw a significant step forward for women in Northern Ireland (NI). Funding to cover the financial costs for them to access abortions in England was pledged by the Tory minority government.

The Tories' 'supply and confidence' deal with the ten DUP MPs turned a spotlight on Northern Irish politics. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Abortion Act that introduced free, legal abortion for women in England, Wales and Scotland within certain limitations. It was understood by those who fought for this legislation that women should have the right to choose when and whether to have children and that the right to an abortion is a life or death issue. But no major party in NI supports extending it there.

Continued at source: Socialist Party: http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/955/25805/05-07-2017/weakened-tories-forced-into-northern-ireland-abortion-u-turn

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Ireland: Citizens’ Assembly members warn politicians over ‘delaying tactic’

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Citizens’ Assembly members warn politicians over ‘delaying tactic’

Members who voted in favour of more liberal abortion regime want issue put to a vote
June 29, 2017
Ronan McGreevy

Members of the Citizens’ Assembly have called for better sex education in schools and for more support for pregnant women in Ireland.

The report of Ms Justice Mary Laffoy into the outcome of the assembly on abortion contained a series of recommendations agreed by the members by consensus.

Continued at link: Irish Times: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/citizens-assembly-members-warn-politicians-over-delaying-tactic-1.3137774

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