Harris: Abortion services will be in place by January

Harris: Abortion services will be in place by January
The Health Minister says they are on track to deliver on time following the referendum in May.

Friday, September 21, 2018

The Health Minister Simon Harris has confirmed women will have to wait three days for abortions once they have seen their GP under the new legislation.

The wait period has been criticised as slighting women's ability to make decisions about their own healthcare .

Continued: https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/ireland/harris-abortion-services-will-be-in-place-by-january-870568.html

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Ireland – Abortion services will be free, Harris confirms

Abortion services will be free, Harris confirms

Wednesday, September 19, 2018
By Fiachra Ó Cionnaith, Irish Examiner Political Correspondent

Ireland's imminent abortion services will be completely free to ensure they can be fully accessed by anyone who needs them, end the need to travel abroad for care and to prevent an influx of private abortion clinics into this country.

Health Minister Simon Harris confirmed the new services will not cost anything just 24 hours after President Michael D Higgins signed the referendum result into law, thereby formally removing the eighth amendment from the constitution.

Continued: https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/ireland/abortion-services-will-be-free-harris-confirms-870089.html

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Ireland – Doctors should not be forced to ‘aid and abet’ abortions, says John Bruton

Doctors should not be forced to ‘aid and abet’ abortions, says John Bruton
Former taoiseach believes asking physicians who oppose terminations to refer patients is unnecessary

Sep 8, 2018
Colin Gleeson

Former taoiseach John Bruton has said doctors opposed to abortion should not be forced to refer women seeking terminations to other physicians.

Mr Bruton, in a speech to the Pro Life Education dinner in the Clayton Hotel, Dublin, on Saturday night, said he feared anti-abortion doctors would be “targeted” by those who wanted to “catch them out”.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/doctors-should-not-be-forced-to-aid-and-abet-abortions-says-john-bruton-1.3623094

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Ireland – Abortion legislation to come before Dáil within weeks, says Harris

Abortion legislation to come before Dáil within weeks, says Harris

Saturday, 8 Sep 2018
By Joe Mag Raollaigh

Legislation that will pave the way for the introduction of abortion in Ireland will be brought to the Dáil in a matter of weeks.

However, Minister for Health Simon Harris has warned against reopening the referendum debate after former Taoiseach John Bruton said the proposed legislation needs to be amended.

Mr Harris confirmed today that the Bill is being finalised.

Continued: https://www.rte.ie/news/politics/2018/0908/992511-abortion-legislation-dail/

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Ireland – Doctors could be allowed refer women to UK for abortion ahead of new services

Doctors could be allowed refer women to UK for abortion ahead of new services
Referendum Bill expected to be signed by President next week following Supreme Court ruling

Sat, Sep 8, 2018
Brian Hutton

Doctors in Ireland could be allowed refer women to the UK for abortions in the coming months ahead of planned new services here in January, Minister for Health Simon Harris has signalled.

The abortion referendum Bill is expected to be signed by President Michael D Higgins next week following a ruling on Friday by the Supreme Court blocking any further legal challenges to last May’s referendum result.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/doctors-could-be-allowed-refer-women-to-uk-for-abortion-ahead-of-new-services-1.3623087

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Ireland – No abortion legislation until court challenges concluded

No abortion legislation until court challenges concluded
Three court cases have delayed introduction of law to regulate pregnancy termination

Sun, Aug 12, 2018
Sarah Bardon Political Reporter

The Government will not introduce any legislation to implement the outcome of the referendum on the Eighth Amendment until court challenges to the result have concluded.

Reports emerged this weekend that Minister for Health Simon Harris was considering introducing an interim law to assist women who have received a diagnosis of a fatal foetal abnormality and to decriminalise women who procure an abortion.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/no-abortion-legislation-until-court-challenges-concluded-1.3594020

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Why the fight for legal abortion is only half the battle

Why the fight for legal abortion is only half the battle

July 13, 2018
By Shannon Kowalski and Susan Wood

For years, Irish women have been forced to travel abroad or seek underground abortion services. But, a historic vote in May delivered a landslide rebuke that rescinded the country’s constitutional provision recognizing the equal rights to life of both a woman and a fetus, opening the door to expanded reproductive autonomy. The euphoria over this victory has barely settled, and already steps are being taken to curb Irish women’s hard-won right. The new front of resistance to women’s rights emerges from those who seek to allow medical professionals to deny women abortion services based on their own religious or moral beliefs. It would be a mistake for Ireland’s legislators to allow such refusals, which ultimately endanger and discriminate against women.

Since 2000, 28 countries have liberalized their abortion laws. In response to this progress, anti-choice advocates and policy makers have mounted a deliberate campaign to undermine women’s access to legal abortion services. A primary tactic has been establishing laws and policies that allow doctors to opt out of fulfilling their professional obligation to provide health care services on the basis of their personal beliefs. The use of these so-called “conscience” claims is on the rise worldwide.

Continued: http://www.euronews.com/2018/07/13/why-the-fight-for-legal-abortion-is-only-half-the-battle-view

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Ireland – Abortion Bill will commit to exclusion zones around services

Abortion Bill will commit to exclusion zones around services
Zones of 100m-150m intended to stop women being harassed while accessing services

Fri, Jul 6, 2018
Sarah Bardon

The Government will commit to the introduction of exclusion zones of 100m-150m to prevent women facing vulgar imagery when accessing abortion services.

Minister for Health Simon Harris is to bring the Heads of the Health (Regulation of the Termination of Pregnancy) Bill to Cabinet on Tuesday, which will outline the circumstances in which abortions will be available in this country.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/abortion-bill-will-commit-to-exclusion-zones-around-services-1.3556802

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Ireland’s Path to Legalizing Abortion

Ireland’s Path to Legalizing Abortion
At a time when the United States may render it illegal

Shirley Graham
July 5, 2018

On May 25, 2018, I traveled from Washington, D.C., to Dublin to vote in a referendum that would decide whether women in Ireland would have full access to their reproductive healthcare and rights. I was one of the 40,000 diaspora Irish who returned from different corners of the globe (only recent emigres were eligible) to be part of a feminist movement that would make history. When the repeal of the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution was passed the next day with 66 percent voting in favor, the country heaved a collective sigh of relief.

In the lead-up to the referendum, women were forced to share previously untold stories of private ordeals and personal tragedies in order to persuade the Irish population that it could no longer export this problem to the United Kingdom.

Continued: http://prospect.org/article/ireland%E2%80%99s-path-legalizing-abortion

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Introduction of legislation on abortion not possible before summer break

Introduction of legislation on abortion not possible before summer break
No mention of abortion Bill in list of 19 Bills Government is seeking to progress in next fortnight

June 27, 2018
Pat Leahy

The Government has conceded it will not now be possible to introduce legislation on abortion before the summer break, significantly extending the time before the legislation is on the statute books.

In a document circulated to members of the Dáil Business Committee, the Government has listed a large number of Bills it intends to bring to the House before the summer recess begins in mid-July. However, there is no mention of the abortion Bill in the list of 19 Bills that the Government is seeking progress on in the next fortnight.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/introduction-of-legislation-on-abortion-not-possible-before-summer-break-1.3544827

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