New report on women’s health criticises Ireland’s restrictive abortion laws

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New report on women’s health criticises Ireland’s restrictive abortion laws
European Commissioner for Human Rights focuses on laws in Republic and North

Dec 5, 2017
Seán Dunne

A new report published by the Council of Europe’s Commissioner for Human Rights has questioned Ireland’s restrictive abortion laws.

The report, ‘Women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights in Europe’, examines women’s health within the EU and looks at abortion services.

Continued at source: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/health/new-report-on-women-s-health-criticises-ireland-s-restrictive-abortion-laws-1.3316324

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India: Woman’s plea for abortion: SC forms 7-doctor medical board

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Woman's plea for abortion: SC forms 7-doctor medical board

Press Trust of India, New Delhi
Jun 23 2017

The Supreme Court today constituted a medical board of seven doctors of the SSKM Hospital in Kolkata to ascertain health of a 24-week pregnant woman wanting to undergo abortion on the grounds of foetus abnormality.

A vacation bench of justices D Y Chandrachud and S K Kaul directed the medical board to submit the report by June 29 after ascertaining the health of the mother and the foetus. During the hearing, the counsel for the West Bengal government said it has been decided to constitute a team of seven doctors to ascertain the medical condition.

Continued at source: Deccan Herald: http://www.deccanherald.com/content/618820/womans-plea-abortion-sc-forms.html

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Ireland: Citizens’ Assembly hears neo-natal screening poses ethical issues

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40 Irish women had abortions after tests showed baby would have Down Syndrome, meeting told
Jan 7, 2016
by Ronan McGreevy, Irish Times

New neo-natal screenings which can detect chromosomal disorders such as Down Syndrome pose ethical issues for society, the Citizens’ Assembly has been told.

The Citizens’ Assembly is meeting in Malahide this weekend to discuss possible changes to the law on abortion.

The members are hearing from experts on the medical, legal and ethical issues raised by fatal and other foetal abnormalities and how they relate to the human rights of women and the current constitutional protection of the unborn.

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Source: Irish Times

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Northern Ireland: Fatal foetal abnormality: David Ford’s abortion bill begins assembly passage

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Dec 6, 2016
BBC.com

Former justice minister David Ford's abortion bill is to begin its passage through the Northern Ireland Assembly later. The private bill seeks to legalise abortion in cases of fatal foetal abnormalities.

If passed, it would enable women in that situation to access a legal termination in Northern Ireland. It follows a previous attempt by Mr Ford to change the law while justice minister.

The next stage will take place in the new year.

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Source: BBC.com

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Report on Northern Ireland’s ban on abortion in cases of fatal foetal abnormality ‘may not be made public’

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Published 01/12/2016, Belfast Telegraph

A much anticipated report examining Northern Ireland's ban on abortion in cases of fatal foetal abnormality (FFA) may not be made public.

Justice Minister Claire Sugden appeared to cast doubt over the move when she told MLAs the decision would require full Executive approval.

She said: "The report was never intended to be for publication to the general public. It was to inform both myself and the Health Minister and then we would have discussions with the wider Executive.

"That's not to say we won't publish the report."

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Source: Belfast Telegraph

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Ireland: Minister calls for abortion to be more widely available

Children's Minister Katherine Zappone believes abortions should be more widely available. Photo: Tom Burke

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by Kevin Doyle

Published 05/08/2016 | 02:30

Children's Minister Katherine Zappone believes that only offering abortions in cases of incest, rape and fatal foetal abnormality would "do nothing at all for most women in Ireland".

The minister wants the forthcoming citizens' assembly to look at widening the reasons for permitting an abortion beyond the three that are currently the subject of widespread public discourse.

Writing in today's Irish Independent, Ms Zappone says the Eighth Amendment must be repealed, but that a referendum now "with an unclear popular consensus" would be unwise.

The Independent TD recently faced criticism after voting against Mick Wallace's bill that would have allowed for terminations in the cases of fatal foetal abnormalities.

Despite a free vote on the issue, Ms Zappone stuck with the Fine Gael view that a citizens' assembly is the way forward.

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Source: The Independent

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