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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Fianna Fail TD ‘struggling with his conscience’ cannot support Abortion Bill

Fianna Fail TD ‘struggling with his conscience’ cannot support Abortion Bill
Claims abortion will be used as contraception are offensive and ignorant - Harris

Thu, Oct 18, 2018
Marie O'Halloran

Minister for Health Simon Harris has described as “horrific and bizarre” a suggestion that abortion will in time be used as contraception.

He described such a mindset as worrying and said these sorts of views were offensive, ignorant, and showed a “fundamental lack of respect for women”.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/oireachtas/fianna-fail-td-struggling-with-his-conscience-cannot-support-abortion-bill-1.3668370

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Ireland – Abortion ultrasounds may be contracted

Abortion ultrasounds may be contracted

Monday, October 15, 2018
By Catherine Shanahan, Health Correspondent

The option of contracting commercial scanning clinics to provide an ultrasound service to women seeking an abortion, under proposed new legislation, is being considered.

However, doctors have queried how they will source the required expertise, given that there is a shortage of sonographers.

Continued: https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/ireland/abortion-ultrasounds-may-be-contracted-875732.html

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Draft abortion law ‘could face freedom of conscience case’

Draft abortion law 'could face freedom of conscience case'

Updated / Sunday, 14 Oct 2018
By Joe Little, Religious & Social Affairs Correspondent

A leading member of the Medico-Legal Alliance has hinted that the country's draft abortion law may face a legal challenge similar to the Asher's Bakery freedom of conscience case.

Senior Counsel Ben Ó Floinn said it would be regrettable if such a challenge became necessary in order to secure a wide-ranging freedom of conscience for doctors who will not provide terminations.

Continued: https://www.rte.ie/news/2018/1013/1002952-abortion-conscience/

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Ireland – Abortion: Women nine weeks pregnant may be referred to obstetrician

Abortion: Women nine weeks pregnant may be referred to obstetrician
Minister appeals for colleagues to continue to be ‘constructive not obstructive’ in abortion debate

Thu, Oct 4, 2018
Marie O'Halloran

Women between nine and 12 weeks pregnant seeking an abortion may be referred to a consultant obstetrician, Minister for Health Simon Harris has indicated.

Mr Harris was introducing the Health (Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy) Bill, which gives effect to the outcome of the abortion referendum when 66 per cent of voters supported abortion. He said TDs were making history in bringing the legislation forward to allow for abortion services in Ireland and repealing the Eighth Amendment after 35 years in the Constitution.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/oireachtas/abortion-women-nine-weeks-pregnant-may-be-referred-to-obstetrician-1.3651724

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Ireland – Three day wait for medical abortion is set out in new law

Three day wait for medical abortion is set out in new law

Eilish O'Regan
October 1 2018

The controversial “three day” rule which will apply to women seeking a medical abortion up to twelve weeks of pregnancy is included in new legislation published today.

The clause is part of the Health (Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy) Bill which comes before the Dáil this week and aims to extend the grounds for abortion following the repeal of the Eighth Amendment.

Continued: https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/health/three-day-wait-for-medical-abortion-is-set-out-in-new-law-37373163.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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Ireland – Abortion legislation: ‘woman’ reference, 28 days, consent and other changes

Abortion legislation: ‘woman’ reference, 28 days, consent and other changes
Some believe ‘woman’ reference in abortion Bill may exclude trans people

Wed, Jul 11, 2018
Sarah Bardon Political Reporter

The Government has published the proposed legislation to regulate abortion services to be introduced following the recent referendum to repeal the Eighth Amendment.

The heads of the Health (Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy) Bill was published on Tuesday evening, unveiling a number of minor amendments to the proposed general scheme that was published before the vote on May 25th.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-legislation-woman-reference-28-days-consent-and-other-changes-1.3561706

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