Irish Lawmakers Vote to Allow Abortion, Part of Landmark Liberal Shift

Irish Lawmakers Vote to Allow Abortion, Part of Landmark Liberal Shift

By Ed O’Loughlin
Dec. 6, 2018

DUBLIN — Fighting off last-ditch resistance, Irish lawmakers overwhelmingly passed a bill introducing free and legal abortion to a nation that was long a bastion of staunchly conservative Catholicism, seven months after voters repealed a constitutional ban on abortion.

An often heated session of the Parliament’s lower house on Wednesday had to be extended several times, as a small number of members — mainly independent conservatives — talked at length on dozens of amendments, almost all of which were voted down by large majorities. The bill’s opponents attempted to prolong the debate even further, which could have derailed the government’s plan to make abortion available in January.

continued: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/06/world/europe/ireland-legal-abortion-vote.html

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Ireland – Abortion Q&A: Everything you need to know from service availability to conscientious objection

Abortion Q&A: Everything you need to know from service availability to conscientious objection

Monday, December 03, 2018
By Catherine Shanahan, Health Correspondent

Health correspondent Catherine Shanahan answers all the pressing questions concerning the abortion legislation

Q: When will abortion be legally available in Ireland?

A: In theory, from January 1, 2019. The new law will provide for a termination where there a risk to the life or serious harm to the health of a pregnant woman; where there is a fatal foetal abnormality; or where the pregnancy has not gone beyond 12 weeks.

Continued: https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/views/analysis/abortion-qa-everything-you-need-to-know-from-service-availability-to-conscientious-objection-889587.html

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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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Ireland – 25% of GPs won’t provide abortion service, finds poll

25% of GPs won’t provide abortion service, finds poll

Friday, November 9, 2018
By Stephen Rogers, Irish Examiner Reporter

A quarter of GPs will not provide an abortion service and would be reluctant to refer a pregnant woman to a colleague, a survey by the Irish College of General Practitioners (ICGP) found.

The ICGP’s online consultation process noted only a third (32%) of the 3,500 GPs surveyed are currently willing and able to provide termination of pregnancy services.

Continued: https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/ireland/25-of-gps-wont-provide-abortion-service-finds-poll-884224.html

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Ireland – Health Committee hearing on abortion bill amendments

Health Committee hearing on abortion bill amendments

Tuesday, 6 Nov 2018
By Ailbhe Conneely, RTÉ News Political reporter

The Oireachtas Select Committee on Health has concluded its first day of deliberation over amendments to the Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy Bill.

The Committee has concluded ten sections out of 26 sections, in which there are 180 amendments.

So far the Minister for Health, Simon Harris, has not accepted any changes in the legislation.

Continued: https://www.rte.ie/news/politics/2018/1106/1008921-oireachtas-pregnancy-bill/

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Ireland – Women to get abortion pills direct from GPs

Women to get abortion pills direct from GPs

Eilish O'Regan
October 16 2018

Women who have a medical abortion can be dispensed medication by their GP or hospital doctor.

It will mean that women who avail of abortion, when the law extending the grounds for termination is in force, will not have to fill a prescription in a pharmacy.

This will help to preserve their privacy and avert the need to have to produce a prescription script in public.

Continued: https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/health/women-to-get-abortion-pills-direct-from-gps-37424459.html

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Ireland – No GP should be allowed opt out of abortions

Newton Emerson: No GP should be allowed opt out of abortions
Conscientious objection amounts to saying ‘We don’t serve your sort around here, love’

Thu, Jun 14, 2018
Newton Emerson

The UK supreme court sat for the first time in Belfast last month, hearing an appeal into the “gay cake” case, among others.

“People will of course not expect an answer any time soon,” the president of the court said upon reserving judgment.

Another thing nobody expects is for the court to let bakers opt into a register of those willing to ice gay cakes, comprising only a handful of bakers in the country, with people obliged to travel to find them.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/newton-emerson-no-gp-should-be-allowed-opt-out-of-abortions-1.3529281

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Ireland – Abortion provision is threatened by austerity

Abortion provision is threatened by austerity
Funding cuts are making GPs wary of providing terminations under new plans

June 1, 2018
Mary Favier

The removal of the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution on May 25th guarantees improvements in the healthcare that can be delivered to Irish women and girls. The proposal to allow for unrestricted access to abortion up to 12 weeks has been given a clear mandate, with the Irish people voting two to one in favour.

It is reasonable to conclude that Irish general practitioners, reflecting the views of the electorate, were also largely in favour; indeed it could be argued that they will have been more likely to be pro-repeal as they provide healthcare to people who are pregnant and sometimes this involves crisis pregnancies.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/abortion-provision-is-threatened-by-austerity-1.3515220

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