N.Ireland – Abortion pills prosecution could have ‘chilling effect’

Abortion pills prosecution could have 'chilling effect'

By Catherine Smyth, BBC News NI
6 November 2018

The decision to prosecute a woman accused of buying abortion pills for her 15-year-old daughter could have a "chilling effect" on woman and girls in a similar situation, a court has heard.

A lawyer representing the Northern Irish woman made the comments at the High Court in Belfast. The woman is challenging the decision to prosecute her.

Continued: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-46099973

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Ireland – Harris says abortion legislation doesn’t mention the word ‘abortion’ for legal reasons

Harris says abortion legislation doesn't mention the word 'abortion' for legal reasons
The Health Minister also said he wants the Bill to be inclusive of members of the trans community.

Nov 6, 2018

SIMON HARRIS HAS said the word ‘abortion’ is not mentioned in the Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy Bill due to legal advice.

The Health Minister and members of the Oireachtas Health Committee are meeting today to consider amendments to the Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy Bill.

A number of TDs want the wording of the Bill to be changed, with Solidarity–People Before Profit TD Bríd Smith saying not using the word ‘abortion’ is an “obfuscation and a deliberate ignoring what’s going on here”.

Continued: https://www.thejournal.ie/abortion-legislation-ireland-2-4324746-Nov2018/

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Ireland – Public did not ‘vote for abortion in all circumstances’ – Simon Harris

Public did not ‘vote for abortion in all circumstances’ – Simon Harris
Abortion Bill: TDs debate 180 proposed amendments by pro-choice and anti-abortion TDs

Tue, Nov 6, 2018
Patsy McGarry, Colin Gleeson

Minister for Health Simon Harris argued that the public did not “vote for abortion in all circumstances” earlier this year as he resisted calls for all regulations surrounding the termination of pregnancy not to carry a criminal sanction if breached.

The Minister was speaking as the Oireachtas Health Committee debated some of the 180 proposed amendments to the Health (Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy) Bill 2018 put forward by pro-choice and anti-abortion TDs.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/public-did-not-vote-for-abortion-in-all-circumstances-simon-harris-1.3688034

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Ireland – Anti-abortion TDs’ push to make foetus burials ‘offensive’

Anti-abortion TDs’ push to make foetus burials ‘offensive’

Jennifer Bray, Ireland Deputy Political Editor
November 5 2018

Simon Harris has criticised attempts by a small number of TDs to make burials or cremations compulsory after a woman has an abortion.

Nine TDs want to amend the abortion bill to make it a criminal offence for a woman not to have a burial or a cremation after a termination, including in cases in which they had taken abortion pills prescribed by a GP at home.

Continued: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/anti-abortion-tds-push-to-make-foetus-burials-offensive-says-simon-harris-rn35kh50f

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Harris under pressure to ease abortion restrictions

Harris under pressure to ease abortion restrictions

Ellen Coyne, Senior Ireland Reporter
November 1 2018

Simon Harris has come under pressure from a prominent pro-choice TD to lift strict requirements for women who need abortions.

Kate O’Connell, the Fine Gael TD, has tabled amendments to the health minister’s abortion bill including one that would lift a requirement for women to be examined by a medical professional before they can have a termination.

Continued: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/harris-under-pressure-to-ease-abortion-restrictions-j6v35nxpb

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Ireland – Frame abortion law in terms of access, not criminality

Frame abortion law in terms of access, not criminality
It is no answer to say that good faith healthcare providers have nothing to fear, when they are still potentially exposed to criminal investigation, says Maeve Taylor.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018
Maeve Taylor

The Eighth Amendment has been excised from the Constitution and is no longer part of Irish law.

Following the referendum, Minister for Health Simon Harris published the Health (Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy) Bill. When enacted, it will influence not only how women access care and how healthcare providers deliver it, but also how society thinks about abortion.

Continued: https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/views/analysis/frame-abortion-law-in-terms-of-access-not-criminality-882168.html

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Woman tweets her journey from Northern Ireland to Liverpool to have an abortion after she was told her baby won’t survive

Woman tweets her journey from Northern Ireland to Liverpool to have an abortion after she was told her baby won’t survive

Laura Abernethy
Tuesday 23 Oct 2018

A woman has tweeted the story of her heartbreaking journey from Northern Ireland to get an abortion in Liverpool after doctors told her that her baby has a rare birth defect that means it would die soon after birth.

Abortion is illegal in Northern Ireland, except when there is a ‘real and serious’ physical or mental health risk to the mother. There are no exceptions for cases of fatal foetal abnormality, meaning mothers must carry their baby to full-term and give birth, even if they know it will not survive.

Continued: https://metro.co.uk/2018/10/23/woman-tweets-her-journey-from-northern-ireland-to-liverpool-to-have-an-abortion-after-she-was-told-her-baby-wont-survive-8059826/

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Court: Medics fear life imprisonment over restrictive NI abortion laws

Court: Medics fear life imprisonment over restrictive NI abortion laws

Friday, October 05, 2018

Northern Ireland’s restrictive abortion laws have left medics fearing life imprisonment, a court heard.

They have had a chilling effect on doctors, a lawyer for a woman forced to travel to England for a termination for a fatal foetal abnormality said.

Continued: https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/ireland/court-medics-fear-life-imprisonment-over-restrictive-ni-abortion-laws-873902.html

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Fresh legal challenge lodged against abortion laws in Northern Ireland

Fresh legal challenge lodged against abortion laws in Northern Ireland

Monday, October 01, 2018

A fresh legal challenge against Northern Ireland’s restrictive abortion laws has been mounted.

Sarah Ewart is applying for a judicial review, seeking a declaration of incompatibility with human rights law in cases of fatal foetal abnormalities.

Five years ago, Ms Ewart travelled from Northern Ireland for a termination in England after a 20-week scan revealed her baby had anencephaly, which meant its brain and skull had not developed and it would either die before being born or shortly afterwards.

Continued: https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/ireland/fresh-legal-challenge-lodged-against-abortion-laws-in-northern-ireland-872700.html

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Ireland – Legislation providing for abortion approved by Cabinet

Legislation providing for abortion approved by Cabinet

Thursday, 27 Sep 2018
By Mícheál Lehane, Political Correspondent

The Government has approved the text of the Health Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy Bill.

It is the legislation that will give effect to the result of the Referendum on the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution held earlier this year.

The bill will be introduced and debated in the Dáil next week.

Continued: https://www.rte.ie/news/ireland/2018/0927/998329-eighth-amendment/

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