Abortion reform will not be in place until next year, Varadkar says

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Abortion reform will not be in place until next year, Varadkar says
Taoiseach warns that clinical guidelines will need to be drawn up as well as legislation

May 29, 2018
Michael O'Regan, Maire O'Halloran

It will be January of next year before full effect is given to the will of the people as expressed in the abortion referendum, the Taoiseach has said.

Leo Varadkar said it was not just a matter of legislating for the issue in the Dáil and Seanad, but that clinical guidelines would have to be drawn up as well.

“It will be necessary to regulate and license new medicines.”

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/abortion-reform-will-not-be-in-place-until-next-year-varadkar-says-1.3512668

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Ireland made up its mind on abortion years ago, say campaigners

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Ireland made up its mind on abortion years ago, say campaigners
Exit poll in referendum shows 75% of voters had not changed mind on issue in past five years

Lisa O'Carroll in Roscommon
Sat 26 May 2018

Ireland has profoundly changed its attitudes towards women, campaigners have said after a behavioural survey showed most voters made up their minds to repeal abortion laws years ago.

The details of an exit poll by the broadcaster RTE, released in full on Saturday morning, confounded all expectations with no urban-rural divide, little gender difference in voting and only one in 10 saying they had been influenced by posters or religion. The only age group to vote no were the over-65s.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/may/26/ireland-made-up-its-mind-on-abortion-years-ago-say-campaigners

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Repeal the Eighth: Ireland to vote on abortion

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Repeal the Eighth: Ireland to vote on abortion
Voters to take part in a referendum later this month to decide whether or not to liberalise abortion laws.

by Barbara McCarthy
May 10, 2018

People across Ireland take to the polls on May 25 to vote in a highly anticipated referendum to repeal the Eighth Amendment.

First voted into the Irish Constitution in 1983, the Eighth Amendment recognises the right to life of the unborn child, effectively placing a ban on abortion.

Continued: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/05/repeal-eighth-ireland-vote-abortion-180508075317347.html

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Ireland sets May date for historic abortion referendum

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Ireland sets May date for historic abortion referendum
Vote on 25 May will offer citizens opportunity to overhaul one of world’s strictest regimes

Henry McDonald , Ireland correspondent
Wed 28 Mar 2018

Ireland will vote in a referendum on 25 May on liberalising its strict abortion laws, the government has confirmed, in an announcement that officially begins two months of campaigning.

Abortion has long been a divisive issue in the once stridently Catholic country. A complete ban was only lifted in 2013, when terminations were allowed in cases where the mother’s life was in danger.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/mar/28/ireland-sets-abortion-referendum-date

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Calls to impeach Dublin student president over anti-abortion stance

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Calls to impeach Dublin student president over anti-abortion stance

University College Dublin’s Katie Ascough faces vote after removing abortion information from student handbook

Henry McDonald in Dublin
Wednesday 11 October 2017

Tensions in Ireland over abortion have erupted at a university campus with attempts to impeach a student union president over her decision to ban information on pregnancy terminations from a student handbook.

The bid to oust University College Dublin’s Katie Ascough over her strong anti-abortion views comes ahead of what is widely expected to be a rancorous wider campaign in the run-up to next year’s planned abortion reform referendum.

Continued at source: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/11/calls-impeach-dublin-student-president-anti-abortion-stance-katie-ascough

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‘Abortion is never taken lightly…you’re in mourning’ – Irish woman behind Twitter account documenting friend’s journey to UK for termination

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Published 11/12/2016, The Independent

The woman behind the Twitter account which documented her Irish friend’s journey to the UK to have an abortion has told how they weren’t the only Irish people who travelled that day.

Back in August, two friends set up the account @TwoWomenTravel and tweeted the experience.

From the plane journey, to sitting in the waiting room of the clinic, she described how difficult both the decision and procedure were in her first ever radio interview.

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Source: The Independent

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