Abortion is legal in Ireland—but the fight isn’t over

Abortion is legal in Ireland—but the fight isn’t over
Groups like ours helped fight for inclusive, accessible healthcare. Together, we achieved a culture change. But there's a phenomenal amount still to do

by Anna Carnegie
January 10, 2019

Last year, on May 25th 2018, the Irish public voted emphatically to repeal the country’s constitutional ban on abortion and enable the passage of legislation to provide abortion on request up to 12 weeks of pregnancy, and in limited circumstances thereafter.

The months since the referendum were a whirlwind of court challenges, parliamentary debates, marches, and media coverage. Finally, on the 13th December, the Irish senate passed the Health (Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy) Bill 2018, paving the way for a new law and signifying a much welcome, and long overdue, step forward. On the 20th, President Michael D Higgins signed the bill into law.

Continued: https://www.prospectmagazine.co.uk/other/abortion-is-legal-in-ireland-but-the-fight-isnt-over

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Irish Family Planning Association to provide abortion services from January 7th

Irish Family Planning Association to provide abortion services from January 7th
Referral pathway must be finalised by HSE before service can begin, says medical director

Dec 21, 2018
Paul Cullen

The Irish Family Planning Association (IFPA) is to start providing abortion services from January 7th – but only if the proper supports are in place.

Having completed its preparations for providing abortions, the IFPA intends to begin the service at its clinics in Dublin city centre and Tallaght next month “as long as the key elements of HSE services are finalised”.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/health/irish-family-planning-association-to-provide-abortion-services-from-january-7th-1.3739824

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Ireland – GPs to be paid around €400 per abortion as roll-out of service nears

GPs to be paid around €400 per abortion as roll-out of service nears

Eilish O'Regan
November 13 2018

GPs who deliver medical abortions are expected to be paid a fee in the region of €400 per patient.

The fee is expected to be finalised in talks between the Department of Health and the Irish Medical Organisation tomorrow.

Continued: https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/health/gps-to-be-paid-around-400-per-abortion-as-rollout-of-service-nears-37522662.html

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Women who have a medical abortion ‘likely to need three visits to GP’, says health chairman

Women who have a medical abortion 'likely to need three visits to GP', says health chairman

Friday 8 November 2018
Eilish O'Regan

Women who are certified for a medical abortion are likely to have to make three visits to their GP, the Oireachtas health committee has heard.

Dr Michael Harty, chairman of the committee and who is also a GP, said it was important the woman gets a face-to-face consulation with the doctor.

Continued: https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/health/women-who-have-a-medical-abortion-likely-to-need-three-visits-to-gp-says-health-chairman-37505041.html

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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 – Sinn Féin warns against ‘filibustering’ during abortion bill debate

Sinn Féin warns against 'filibustering' during abortion bill debate

Tuesday, 16 Oct 2018
By Conor McMorrow, Reporter, RTÉ Political Staff

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald has asked for a "full, deliberative and frank debate" on the legislation to change Ireland's abortion laws but cautioned against filibustering.

The debate on the Health (Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy) Bill 2018 resumed this evening. Ms McDonald said "this legislation will require very, very careful thought and deliberation".

Continued: https://www.rte.ie/news/2018/1016/1004645-abortion-dail-debate/

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