Ireland – ‘Very different situation’ – Harris ‘frustrated’ that ‘No’ side compares proposed abortion law to that of UK

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'Very different situation' - Harris 'frustrated' that 'No' side compares proposed abortion law to that of UK

Shona Murray
May 14 2018

Minister for Health Simon Harris has hit out at ‘inaccurate’ claims by the ‘No’ side about the government's legislation should the eighth amendment be repealed in the referendum.

He said posters depicting people with down syndrome and other disabilities claiming these people were "only alive" because of Ireland’s restrictive abortion laws were “upsetting”.

Continued: https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/abortion-referendum/very-different-situation-harris-frustrated-that-no-side-compares-proposed-abortion-law-to-that-of-uk-36904203.html

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Ireland – Abortion legislation: the really contentious bits

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Abortion legislation: the really contentious bits
The most contested sections of the proposed abortion legislation and what campaigners say about them

May 12, 2018
Sarah Bardon

The referendum on May 25th will ask people their views on whether the Eighth Amendment should remain in the Constitution, or whether it should be removed to allow for the “regulation of the termination of pregnancy”.

At present, Article 40.3.3. – introduced by the Eighth Amendment in 1983 – gives the unborn and the mother an equal right to life.

The Referendum Commission has stressed this is the decision people will be asked to make. However, much of the debate during the campaign has focused on the legislation that may follow a repeal vote.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/abortion-legislation-the-really-contentious-bits-1.3490740

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Ireland – Abortion up to 12 weeks needed to deal with ‘exceptional cases’ – Sinn Féin

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Abortion up to 12 weeks needed to deal with ‘exceptional cases’ - Sinn Féin
Party wants legislation in place by early autumn if Eighth Amendment is repealed

April 26, 2018
Sarah Bardon

Sinn Féin has called on the Government to ensure legislation to allow for abortion in certain circumstances is introduced by early autumn, if the Eighth Amendment is removed from the Constitution.

The party formally launched its campaign to repeal Article 40.3.3 of the Constitution yesterday and insisted it would canvass in every county for a Yes vote.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-up-to-12-weeks-needed-to-deal-with-exceptional-cases-sinn-f%C3%A9in-1.3475757

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Ireland – Obstetricians and Gynaecologists to hold meeting on abortion

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Obstetricians and Gynaecologists to hold meeting on abortion
Doctors to discuss proposed abortion legislation but opposing views likely to surface

April 11, 2018
Marie O'Halloran

The Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists will hold an extraordinary general meeting on Friday to discuss the Government’s proposed abortion legislation.

Divergence of views on abortion proposals is expected to arise but chairman of the institute Dr Peter Boylan rejected a claim made by retired obstetrician Dr Eamon McGuinness that there was “possibly a little dispute” on the executive about the decision to support repeal of the Eighth Amendment.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/health/obstetricians-and-gynaecologists-to-hold-meeting-on-abortion-1.3458520

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Ireland: Varadkar will have a fight on his hands to pass 12-weeks legislation

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Varadkar will have a fight on his hands to pass 12-weeks legislation
Even if abortion referendum passes, Dáil will be another battleground

Feb 3, 2018
Pat Leahy

A third in favour, a third against and a third that has yet to declare its hand. That is, roughly, how the Dáil looks when it comes to the proposal to legalise abortion on request up to 12 weeks.

The survey of TDs’ attitudes cannot be taken as the definitive word on their voting intentions. The legislation has yet to be published. It may never come before the Dáil, if the referendum is defeated. If it passes, the political context within which these decisions are made will be changed. And people will change their minds; many of them will change them more than once.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/varadkar-will-have-a-fight-on-his-hands-to-pass-12-weeks-legislation-1.3378194

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