Abortion law change: Is Northern Ireland really next?

Abortion law change: Is Northern Ireland really next?
Pro-choice activists in the North hope a string of court cases will advance their cause

Sat, Jan 12, 2019
Susan McKay

On the 29th of this month, Sarah Ewart will appear before the High court in Belfast to present her case that women in Northern Ireland should have access to rights enjoyed by women in all other parts of the United Kingdom.

Ewart is bracing herself – this appearance, while demanding, will be infinitely less agonising than other ordeals she has been through. Five years ago, aged 23, the Belfast woman travelled to an abortion clinic in England to terminate a much wanted pregnancy that was otherwise going to end with the birth of a baby with a foetal abnormality.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/abortion-law-change-is-northern-ireland-really-next-1.3753579

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Pro-choice campaigners target North’s abortion laws

Pro-choice campaigners target North’s abortion laws
Women’s rights activists confident 2019 will see North’s restrictive regime reformed

Mon, Jan 7, 2019
Amanda Ferguson Belfast

Ashleigh Topley was devastated to learn at her 20-week scan that her baby had a fatal foetal abnormality and “would never take a breath”.

“Being denied a termination and then being forced to endure 15 weeks of willing my much-wanted daughter’s heart to stop and waiting for the pregnancy to end naturally can only be described as torture,” she says.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/pro-choice-campaigners-target-north-s-abortion-laws-1.3749396

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Ireland – Clinical guidelines on abortion services to be published

Clinical guidelines on abortion services to be published
Training for GPs and gynaecologists ahead of introduction of services in January

Dec 16, 2018
Harry McGee, Elaine Edwards

Clinical guidelines on the provision of abortion services in the State will be published by two key medical bodies on Monday ahead of the introduction of the service in the new year.

The Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, and the Irish College of General Practitioners (ICGP), will circulate guidelines to all their members as part of the preparations.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/clinical-guidelines-on-abortion-services-to-be-published-1.3733327

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Ireland – Abortion services will be ‘unrecognisable’ in year’s time – Peter Boylan

Abortion services will be ‘unrecognisable’ in year’s time – Peter Boylan
HSE’s clinical adviser says ‘plenty’ of GPs available to provide services to those up to 12 weeks pregnant

Sun, Dec 16, 2018
Elaine Edwards

The abortion services put in place from January 1st will be “unrecognisable” in a year’s time once they are up and running, the clinical adviser to the Health Service Executive on the introduction of the service, Dr Peter Boylan has said.

Dr Boylan, a former master of the National Maternity Hospital, was asked on Sunday whether he believed the planned services would be operating from next month.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/health/abortion-services-will-be-unrecognisable-in-year-s-time-peter-boylan-1.3733138

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Abortion in Ireland: A guide to how it will work

Abortion in Ireland: A guide to how it will work
Everything you need to know before the planned introduction of termination services

Dec 7, 2018
Paul Cullen

With just three weeks to go before the planned introduction of abortion in Ireland, there remains widespread scepticism among health professionals that the deadline of January 1st will be met. The legislation to give effect to the measure still has to complete its passage through the Oireachtas and questions about resources and supports have still to be fully answered. The thorny issue of conscientious objection also looms large for many doctors, nurses and pharmacists, and existing Medical Council ethical guidelines governing the medical profession will not be revised in time for the deadline.

Notwithstanding these considerable doubts, the Government and in particular Minister for Health Simon Harris has made the provision of abortion by the start of next month an absolute priority. At this point, it therefore seems likely the service will begin as planned in the New Year.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/health/abortion-in-ireland-a-guide-to-how-it-will-work-1.3724020

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Ireland – Minister for Health introduces abortion bill to Seanad

Minister for Health introduces abortion bill to Seanad

Updated / Thursday, 6 Dec 2018
By Ailbhe Conneely, RTÉ News Political reporter

The Minister for Health has outlined the approach he will be taking regarding the consideration of the Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy Bill in the Seanad.

Introducing the bill this afternoon, Simon Harris acknowledged that people had different views on the legislation.

While he said the job of legislators was to scrutinise, Mr Harris said he would do what he promised the people.

continued: https://www.rte.ie/news/politics/2018/1206/1015590-seanad-abortion-bill/

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Ireland – Medical staff given outside help to prepare for legalised abortion

Medical staff given outside help to prepare for legalised abortion

Ellen Coyne, Senior Ireland Reporter
December 3 2018

The World Health Organisation is to teach Irish doctors and examine their beliefs about abortion.

The initiative, to help prepare them for providing legal terminations from next month, comes as the Department of Health asked the HSE to make sure abortion services would be available in all 19 maternity hospitals from January.

Continued: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/medical-staff-given-outside-help-to-prepare-for-legalised-abortion-m8nm0kwg9

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Ireland – Master’s voice: Mahony stresses need to properly fund abortion services

Master's voice: Mahony stresses need to properly fund abortion services

Eilish O'Regan
December 1 2018

Outspoken Dr Rhona Mahony, who finishes her seven-year term as Master of the National Maternity Hospital this month, has appealed for the new extended abortion service to be properly resourced. The privacy of women availing of the service and the staff involved must also be protected, she said.

Dr Mahony, who was a prominent supporter of the Repeal the Eighth campaign, has revealed that 60 women attending the hospital during 2016, whose unborn baby was diagnosed with a fatal foetal abnormality, travelled to Britain for a termination.

Continued: https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/health/masters-voice-mahony-stresses-need-to-properly-fund-abortion-services-37583677.html

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Norway – Instrumentalising women’s reproductive vulnerability for political gain: where in the world does it stop?

Instrumentalising women’s reproductive vulnerability for political gain: where in the world does it stop?
November 30, 2018

A move to restrict abortion in Norway is a particularly stark example of the readiness with which women’s reproductive vulnerability is traded as a kind of political capital

There is an extraordinary piece of instrumentalisation of women’s health for political gain going on in an unlikely quarter, just now.

Norway has both a relatively good record on women’s rights, and a balanced and popular abortion law with no popular or parliamentary mandate for change. It also has low and falling abortion rates, 80% of which are conducted as a woman’s choice under 9 weeks, and just 4%—far more tightly regulated than, for example, in either Sweden or the UK—in the second trimester.

Continued: https://blogs.bmj.com/bmj/2018/11/30/instrumentalising-womens-reproductive-vulnerability-for-political-gain-where-in-the-world-does-it-stop/

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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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