Harris accused of letting abortion protest exclusion zones 'fall off the agenda'
The group that staged a protest outside the National Maternity Hospital with three small white coffins plans to return this Saturday.
July 10, 2019
MINISTER FOR HEALTH Simon Harris has been accused of letting legislation to introduce protest exclusion zones around maternity hospitals fall off the government’s agenda.
Pro-life protesters staged a demonstration with three white child-size coffins outside the National Maternity Hospital last weekend. This group is planning to return this Saturday.
Abortion campaigners hail ‘historic day’ but eye changes
Activists celebrate but urge full decriminalisation and removal of three-day wait period
Dec 13, 2018
Ailbhe Smyth heard around 4pm that there was a possibility that legislation clearing the way for abortion in Ireland could pass earlier than the expected 10pm finishing time.
She hopped on a Luas and headed to the city centre to make her way to Leinster House. Following years of effort, this was not a moment to miss. She was not alone.
FEATURE - Ireland: The Abortion Bill passes the first house
International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion.
11 December 2018
Abortion bill passed by a large majority
On 6 December 2018, the lower house of the Irish parliament passed the Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy Bill at midnight with a vote of 90 for, 15 against, and 12 abstentions, after hours of debate and consideration of 60 amendments, almost all of which were voted down with large majorities. Minister of Health Simon Harris remained in strict control throughout the process, rejecting amendments by pro-choice members to make the bill less restrictive and by conservative/anti-abortion members to make it more restrictive, claiming throughout that he was determined to give the people the bill he promised before the referendum on the 8th Amendment to the Constitution in May. A small number of conservative members fought till the end, talking at length each amendment. Then, finally, it was passed. It moved the very next morning to the upper house. Ivana Bacik, a Labour Party member in the upper house, said she thought it very likely that the bill would become law before the holiday recess later this month.
Ronan Mullen pledges to 'fight the good fight' in Seanad abortion debate
Friday, December 07, 2018
By Daniel McConnell
Health Minister Simon Harris is set to reject amendments to his controversial abortion legislation when it is debated in the Seanad on Monday.
Concerns have been expressed by senators on both sides of the debate with pro-life opponents to the bill criticising attempts to rush the legislation through, while pro-choice senators have expressed concern over elements of the bill as currently drafted.
Slow passage: All eyes on Seanad as delays risk timeline of abortion bill
December 7 2018
Senators are wont to complain that nobody pays attention to the upper house - they won't have that to say over the coming days, as their handling of the abortion legislation will come under intense scrutiny.
The painfully slow passage of the legislation through the Dáil - which saw extensive debate, some old-fashioned mudslinging, and no meaningful change to the bill in the end - put the timeline for services at risk.
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.
Minister for Health introduces abortion bill to Seanad
Updated / Thursday, 6 Dec 2018
By Ailbhe Conneely, RTÉ News Political reporter
The Minister for Health has outlined the approach he will be taking regarding the consideration of the Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy Bill in the Seanad.
Introducing the bill this afternoon, Simon Harris acknowledged that people had different views on the legislation.
While he said the job of legislators was to scrutinise, Mr Harris said he would do what he promised the people.
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.”
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.
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.