Ireland’s opposition leader wants to liberalise abortion law

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Ireland's opposition leader wants to liberalise abortion law
Micheál Martin stuns sections of Fianna Fáil party by changing his mind over the contentious issue

Henry McDonald Ireland correspondent
Sun 11 Feb 2018

Ireland’s opposition leader has revealed he changed his mind in favour of liberalising the Republic’s strict anti-abortion laws after meeting women forced to travel to Britain to end their pregnancies after learning they had no hope their babies would be born alive.

Micheál Martin has stunned conservative sections of his Fianna Fáil party by backing the repeal of the eighth amendment to the Irish Republic’s constitution, which prohibits abortion, in a nationwide referendum in May.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/feb/11/micheal-martin-ireland-opposition-leader-wants-to-liberalise-abortion-law

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Ireland: Mixed views after Cabinet agrees to vote on replacing Eighth

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Mixed views after Cabinet agrees to vote on replacing Eighth
Reaction: Harris says suggesting that women would abort disabled child is offensive

Jan 30, 2018
Vivienne Clarke

It is offensive to suggest that Irish women would seek an abortion to avoid having a child with a disability, Minister for Health Simon Harris has said.

Mr Harris pointed out that the Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment had voted specifically to avoid disability as grounds for abortion.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/mixed-views-after-cabinet-agrees-to-vote-on-replacing-eighth-1.3373571

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Therapeutic abortion: a Costa Rican right ensnared in doubts and fears

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Therapeutic abortion: a Costa Rican right ensnared in doubts and fears

Paula Umaña
January 25, 2018

On Nov. 29, 2017, journalism student Paula Umaña published an in-depth feature for the weekly Semanario Universidad as part of Punto y Aparte, a mentoring program for young journalists. The Tico Times is proud to translate and publish her original piece with Semanario Universidad about therapeutic abortion in Costa Rica. Part I of III.

Because of lack of knowledge and fear of legal consequences, health care professionals contribute to the obstacles to therapeutic abortion in Costa Rica.

At 24, Lucía is in her last year of medicine at one of the country’s universities. When asked about therapeutic abortion, she says she remembers seeing it mentioned in one class and says “that it’s prohibited in Costa Rica”.

Continued: http://www.ticotimes.net/2018/01/25/therapeutic-abortion-a-costa-rican-right-ensnared-in-doubts-and-fears

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Ireland: Martin: Evidence to abortion committee prompted change of mind

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Martin: Evidence to abortion committee prompted change of mind
Fianna Fáil leader says matter is deeply personal and not a party political issue

Jan 19, 2018
Pat Leahy, Vivienne Clarke, Fiach Kelly

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin says he changed his stance on abortion having evaluated the evidence from the Oireachtas Committee on the Eight Amendment.

Fianna Fáil TDs were stunned on Thursday evening by the unexpected declaration by Mr Martin that he would vote for the proposal to legalise abortion on request in the early months of pregnancy.

The announcement earned him plaudits from repeal campaigners but shocked some members of his party.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/martin-evidence-to-abortion-committee-prompted-change-of-mind-1.3361247

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Irish abortion referendum will bring out the fanatics

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Irish abortion referendum will bring out the fanatics

Cahir O'Doherty
January 14, 2018

The 1983 abortion referendum in Ireland was a circus.

I wasn't old enough to vote in the last major abortion referendum in Ireland in 1983, but I remember it well. It would be impossible not to, it was so toxic and shameful.

In particular I remember the atmosphere of undeclared civil war that had erupted by that summer, filling the airwaves with enraged fanatics. Whisper campaigns and innuendo flourished everywhere, insane conspiracy theories were being presented as fact.

Continued: https://www.irishcentral.com/opinion/cahirodoherty/irish-abortion-referendum-brings-out-the-fanatics

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Polish MPs back even tougher restrictions on abortion

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Polish MPs back even tougher restrictions on abortion
If enacted, the ‘stop abortion’ bill would outlaw terminations carried out because of a congenital disorder of the foetus

Christian Davies in Warsaw
Thu 11 Jan ‘18

The Polish parliament has rejected proposed legislation to liberalise abortion laws, voting instead to pass proposals for tough new restrictions to a parliamentary committee for further scrutiny.

Poland already has some of the most restrictive abortion laws in Europe, with terminations permitted only when the life of the foetus is under threat, when there is a grave threat to the health of the mother, or if the pregnancy resulted from rape or incest.

Continued at source: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/11/polish-mps-reject-liberalised-abortion-laws-but-back-new-restrictions

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Poland’s lawmakers reject plan to ease strict abortion law

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Poland’s lawmakers reject plan to ease strict abortion law
Jan 10, 2017

WARSAW, Poland — Poland’s lawmakers rejected a proposal to liberalize the country’s strict abortion law Wednesday and voted to continue work on further toughening the rules.

The opposing approaches were embodied in two separate draft laws proposed by different civic groups.

The current law outlaws abortions in all but the most exceptional cases and only up to the 12th week of pregnancy. Abortion is allowed only when a woman’s health or life is in danger, a pregnancy results from crime, or a fetus is irreparably damaged.

continued at source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/polands-lawmakers-debate-proposed-changes-to-abortion-law/2018/01/10/b4309b22-f60f-11e7-9af7-a50bc3300042_story.html?utm_term=.cd519ab97c6d

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Ireland: Committee wants legislation to permit abortion up to 12 weeks

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Committee wants legislation to permit abortion up to 12 weeks
After three months of evidence Oireachtas group said constitutional reform necessary

Dec 21, 2017
Sarah Bardon

The Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment has concluded Article 40.3.3 should be removed from the Constitution and politicians should be allowed to legislate for abortion.

After three months of evidence and a series of votes, the committee stated the current regime for the termination of pregnancy is unfit for purpose and that constitutional reform is necessary.

Continued at source: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/committee-wants-legislation-to-permit-abortion-up-to-12-weeks-1.3334472

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Ireland: Sinn Féin ‘will not vote against’ free access to abortion up to 12 weeks

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Sinn Féin ‘will not vote against’ free access to abortion up to 12 weeks

Ellen Coyne, Senior Ireland Reporter
December 11 2017

Sinn Féin will not vote against free access to abortion up to 12 weeks, its spokeswoman on health has suggested.

Louise O’Reilly said her party would record its dissent if the Oireachtas committee on the Eighth Amendment recommends legalising terminations for all women. The committee is holding its final meeting on Wednesday when it will hold a vote on what kind of abortion law would follow the repeal of the state’s constitutional ban on abortion in next year’s referendum.

Continued at source: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/sinn-fein-will-not-vote-against-free-access-to-abortion-up-to-12-weeks-5jg3ll979

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USA: What It’s Like to Get an Abortion When You’re Six Months Pregnant

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What It's Like to Get an Abortion When You're Six Months Pregnant
Callie Beusman

Oct 2 2017
Rachel was 25 weeks pregnant when she learned her fetus had a severe, likely lethal abnormality that also put her health at risk. She had to drive 12 hours and pay $10,000 to get a potentially life-saving abortion.

In the fall of 2015, Rachel Goldberg was pregnant with her first child. She and her husband, who live in rural Missouri, were ecstatic about the prospect of starting a family, and she recalls eagerly anticipating her routine 20-week ultrasound check-up. She was excited to find out the sex—male, she would later learn—and she was hoping to get some photos to show her family and friends.

Continued at source: https://broadly.vice.com/en_us/article/8x8kzk/what-its-like-to-get-an-abortion-when-youre-six-months-pregnant?wpisrc=nl_todayworld&wpmm=1

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