Abortion debate: Eighth creates ‘inequalities’ in foetal abnormalities care

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Abortion debate: Eighth creates ‘inequalities’ in foetal abnormalities care
Gynaecologist: Doctors cannot provide same care to women having terminations abroad

May 20, 2018
Barry Roche

The Eighth Amendment creates inequalities in care for pregnant women dealing with fatal foetal abnormalities depending on how they choose to respond to the diagnosis, a specialist in foetal medicine has said.

Dr Nóirín Russell, a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist at Cork University Maternity Hospital, said about 36 of the 8,000 women who attend the hospital every year are told that their baby has an abnormality of such severity that survival after birth is unlikely.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/abortion-debate-eighth-creates-inequalities-in-foetal-abnormalities-care-1.3502060

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Ireland – ‘The journey I had to take after my 20-week scan was torturous’

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'The journey I had to take after my 20-week scan was torturous'
Journalist Laura Bourne recounts her heartbreaking journey to motherhood

Laura Bourne
May 15 2018

I’ve never been one for clichés.

But on October 28, 2016, when my husband and I met our baby boy Archie for the first and final time, in a room lit up with fairy lights on a quiet floor of Liverpool Women’s Hospital, it struck me that this experience would either be the making or breaking of me.

Continued: https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/abortion-referendum/the-journey-i-had-to-take-after-my-20week-scan-was-torturous-36908423.html

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Ireland – Here are 18 heartbreaking reasons to vote Yes

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Here are 18 heartbreaking reasons to vote Yes
The Eighth Amendment added to the pain and grief we suffered on losing our baby, writes David Hanlon

David Hanlon
May 13 2018

This is a short account of how the Eighth Amendment to the Irish Constitution affected my wife, our baby and me.

We lost our baby at 25 weeks gestation one year ago at a hospital in England. We have never known such pain and grief, and we hope you never will.

Continued: https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/abortion-referendum/here-are-18-heartbreaking-reasons-to-vote-yes-36901037.html

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Fact Check: Is repeal necessary for abortions in fatal foetal cases?

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Fact Check: Is repeal necessary for abortions in fatal foetal cases?
Together for Yes claims Constitutional change needed for FFA abortion law

May 9, 2018
Sarah Bardon Political Reporter

Question:
Is removing the Eighth Amendment necessary before legislation can be introduced to allow abortions in cases of fatal foetal abnormality (FFA)?
Who is making the claim?

The claim is made by the Together for Yes campaign group, which is advocating for a Yes vote in the forthcoming referendum.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/fact-check-is-repeal-necessary-for-abortions-in-fatal-foetal-cases-1.3489530

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Eighth ‘prevents me from providing complete pregnancy care’

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Eighth ‘prevents me from providing complete pregnancy care’
Doctor says two women travel for abortions weekly after foetal abnormality diagnosis

May 3, 2018
Sarah Burns

Two women a week have to travel abroad as a result of the Eighth Amendment to terminate a pregnancy after receiving a diagnosis of a complex foetal abnormality, a consultant in obstetrics and maternal foetal medicine has said.

Dr Jennifer Donnelly, from the Rotunda Hospital in Dublin, said the amendment, a constitutional provision which guarantees the mother and unborn an equal right to life, “prevents me from providing complete pregnancy care to women and their families”.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/eighth-prevents-me-from-providing-complete-pregnancy-care-1.3482876

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Ireland – Proposed abortion law ‘follows best legal and medical practice’

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Proposed abortion law ‘follows best legal and medical practice’
Irish legislation cannot be described as being ‘like the abortion law in Britain’, says expert

May 2, 2018
Ronan McGreevy

The proposed abortion law in Ireland which will come in if the Eighth Amendment is repealed will be much more restrictive than the law in Britain, a legal expert has said.

Fiona De Londras, Professor of Global Legal Studies at the University of Birmingham, said there is no provision for unrestricted abortion up to six months under the proposed Irish law except in extreme circumstances.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/proposed-abortion-law-follows-best-legal-and-medical-practice-1.3481736

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Ireland – Coveney reveals what convinced him to back abortion

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Coveney reveals what convinced him to back abortion

Ralph Riegel
April 30 2018

Tánaiste Simon Coveney revealed he dramatically changed his position on potential post-Eighth Amendment legislation following an emotional private meeting with a young woman who had gone through a crisis pregnancy.

The Cork TD said he "confronted myself" over the potential aftermath of the amendment's repeal.

Continued: https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/abortion-referendum/coveney-reveals-what-convinced-him-to-back-abortion-36857139.html

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Ireland – Women ‘abandoned’ if choosing to abort, Mahony says

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Women ‘abandoned’ if choosing to abort, Mahony says
Couple who had to go to UK for termination say No campaign posters cause anguish

April 29, 2018
Sarah Bardon

Women who choose to have an abortion when they are informed their baby will not survive outside the womb are abandoned by the State, the master of the National Maternity Hospital, Holles Street, has said.

Speaking at the launch of Labour’s campaign to repeal the Eighth Amendment, Dr Rhona O’Mahony said the State’s current abortion regime was hypocritical towards women who travelled abroad for a termination when they learned of a fatal foetal abnormality.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/women-abandoned-if-choosing-to-abort-mahony-says-1.3478208

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Ireland – Fatal foetal abnormality: ‘The kindest thing for our baby was to terminate’

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Fatal foetal abnormality: ‘The kindest thing for our baby was to terminate’
Couple told to wait for heartbeat to stop in pregnancy that would not go to full term

April 28, 2018
Barry Roche

A couple who had to travel to the UK for an abortion after their baby was diagnosed with a fatal foetal abnormality have urged voters to repeal the Eighth Amendment so no one else will have to endure the trauma they did.

Susan and Tim Corcoran, from Donoughmore, Co Cork said that in 2013 a scan revealed their baby girl was suffering from Edwards syndrome, a genetic disorder, and would not survive to full term.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/fatal-foetal-abnormality-the-kindest-thing-for-our-baby-was-to-terminate-1.3478014

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Ireland – ‘I considered a termination with Jane, but not having one turned out to be right for me’

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‘I considered a termination with Jane, but not having one turned out to be right for me’
Martine experienced two fatal foetal abnormalities – and made a different choice for each

April 27, 2018
Kathy Sheridan

As we finish the interview in her big, bright family home in Co Kildare, Martine Hurley O’Dwyer offers some photographs, among them a throat-catching, sidelong image of a younger, obviously pregnant Martine, long hair obscuring her face, sitting on the side of a hospital bed. Others include a tiny foetus and handprints.

She has also given a hand-written summary of the story she wants to tell.

“I am a mum who has had two babies diagnosed with different fatal foetal abnormalities on two different pregnancies”, she writes. “One of my babies had anencephaly and another had Edwards syndrome.”

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/health-family/i-considered-a-termination-with-jane-but-not-having-one-turned-out-to-be-right-for-me-1.3474031

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