FEATURE: What's been happening in Ireland & International Women’s Day in Norway
International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion
18 March 2019
In the midst of the continuing shower of news from all over the world that I share with you, I’ve been collecting stories for a feature on Ireland. This is not a definitive piece, that will come from those who have been on the frontlines, but is based primarily on written information from a few key people and what has been in the media. This history describes an almost unique series of events, and one worth learning from. It’s a story of optimism winning over pessimism, of passionate positive action breaking down out-of-date barriers, and particularly of women’s personal stories, doorstep advocacy, highly visible supportive doctors and policymakers, all working with government to change the mindset of a nation and win a critical mass of support. They successfully created a sea-change in law, policy and service delivery in the blink of an eye. Edited by Marge Berer
The story in a nutshell
It took only seven months from the referendum that repealed the 8th Amendment to the Constitution in May 2018 for the law to be changed, providers trained, methods approved and ordered, and abortion services to become available officially in Ireland on 2 January 2019, free for everyone who is covered by existing schemes, such as the Maternity and Infant Care Scheme.
Coombe letter refusing abortion ‘suggests chilling effect’ of law
Couple say they were told anomaly was fatal before hospital dubbed it ‘complex anomaly’
Jan 18, 2019
Kitty Holland, Social Affairs Correspondent
The letter from the Coombe hospital to the couple at the centre of the latest abortion controversy is sympathetic, but clear.
An abortion is not possible in this case as the baby might not die before birth or within 28 days, the legally prescribed time under which abortions in cases of fatal foetal abnormalities are allowed.
Apprehension on all sides before launch of Irish abortion services
Legislation and logistics have been fast-tracked to turn last May’s vote into reality
Rory Carroll Ireland correspondent
Tue 1 Jan 2019
Ireland is poised to roll out its first regular abortion services in the coming weeks in the wake of the referendum vote to lift the country’s near-total ban on abortion.
Politicians and officials fast-tracked legislation and logistical preparations to turn last year’s landslide vote in favour of liberalisation into reality for women who wish to terminate pregnancies.
Ireland introduces legal abortion services
As of Tuesday it is again legal for women in Ireland to seek to terminate their pregnancies following last year's referendum.
Tuesday 01 January 2019
Ireland has introduced its first abortion services today following a 2018 referendum decision to liberalise the country's ban on terminating pregnancies.
Laws were quickly passed following the referendum to ensure that as of midnight on Tuesday, the country's national health service was able to offer terminations free of charge.
Abortion services: New counselling hotline goes live
My Options will provide the names of GPs and hospitals offering abortion services
Mon, Dec 31, 2018
Abortion services have been introduced in the Republic of Ireland on Tuesday following a landslide vote in favour of liberalising the country’s laws.
As of midnight terminations have become available free of charge, GPs and family planning services as well as hospitals across the country.
Simon Harris clashes with anti-abortion TD during Dáil debate
‘Why do women in crisis have to come last? They have come last in this country for far too long’
Nov 27, 2018
Minister for Health Simon Harris has criticised attempts to change the proposed abortion law so that taxpayers’ money would not be used to enable a woman to have access to abortion services.
Independent TD Carol Nolan, formerly of Sinn Féin, sought to introduce the new provision to the proposed abortion legislation saying that “free abortions will mean more abortions”.
Peter Boylan 'pretty confident' abortion services will be in place by 2019 deadline
The man in charge of implementing abortion services here has said he is confident they will be available in Ireland by the beginning of next year.
The former master of the National Maternity Hospital, Dr Peter Boylan, is confident the January timeline set by Health Minister Simon Harris can be met.
Law to replace Eighth Amendment not subject of vote, says commission
Referendum Commission urges everyone to vote as it launches information campaign
April 24, 2018
The forthcoming referendum is not a vote on the law that may replace the Eighth Amendment, the Referendum Commission has said.
The commission, chaired by Ms Justice Isobel Kennedy, will launch its public information campaign on Tuesday ahead of the referendum on May 25th.