Frame abortion law in terms of access, not criminality
It is no answer to say that good faith healthcare providers have nothing to fear, when they are still potentially exposed to criminal investigation, says Maeve Taylor.
Wednesday, October 31, 2018
The Eighth Amendment has been excised from the Constitution and is no longer part of Irish law.
Following the referendum, Minister for Health Simon Harris published the Health (Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy) Bill. When enacted, it will influence not only how women access care and how healthcare providers deliver it, but also how society thinks about abortion.
Measures to protect from ‘offensive imagery’ to be considered
Harris says abortion services will be available irrespective of ability to pay and geography
June 21, 2018
The Department of Health has been asked to consider measures to protect people from offensive imagery outside maternity hospitals and other health facilities in drafting the legislation on abortion.
Minister for Health Simon Harris also said there would be equitable access to abortion services regardless of someone’s ability to pay or geographic location.
Abortion regime will remain the same until legislation passed
Unclear how long it will take for new law to be passed if Eighth Amendment is repealed
Apr 30, 2018
The Irish abortion regime will remain as it is until new legislation is passed, even if the referendum on removing the abortion provision in the Constitution is passed on May 25th.
How long it will take for the Oireachtas to pass a new law is unclear, but it could be done before the end of the year. However, should the Government fall in the meantime, that timetable would most likely be extended.
Myths and lies about abortion must be debunked
We are all entitled to our own opinions and beliefs – but not our own facts
Apr 2, 2018
David Robert Grimes
Abortion has long been a contentious issue in Ireland, replete with emotive and frequently dubious rhetoric. This was recently exemplified by Save the Eighth billboard campaign featuring an abortion nurse detailing the horrors he had witnessed.
This testimony was somewhat undermined by the revelation it had been fabricated, leading to the unedifying sight of campaign manager John McGuirk rapidly pivoting from legal threats to grudging acceptance, a volte-face hard to distinguish from surrealist performance art. As the referendum looms ever closer, it is inevitable campaigning will become more charged, both online and off.
Varadkar on changing abortion stance: 'Things aren't as black and white as they appear in your 20s'
He said today that he is of the view that the Eighth Amendment “harms women”.
Feb 11, 2018
TAOISEACH LEO VARADKAR has said that he came to change his mind on the issue of abortion through a combination of life experience and realising “things aren’t as black and white as they appear in your 20s”.
Speaking on RTÉ’s This Week programme, the Fine Gael leader was asked about the upcoming referendum on the Eighth Amendment, Brexit and the National Development Plan.
Mixed views after Cabinet agrees to vote on replacing Eighth
Reaction: Harris says suggesting that women would abort disabled child is offensive
Jan 30, 2018
It is offensive to suggest that Irish women would seek an abortion to avoid having a child with a disability, Minister for Health Simon Harris has said.
Mr Harris pointed out that the Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment had voted specifically to avoid disability as grounds for abortion.
Nuance and abortion: Churches, other faiths, and atheists differ
All churches and faiths abhor abortion but most agree it can be the lesser evil
Mon, Jan 29, 2018
It is highly unlikely Ireland’s Catholic and Protestant churches or its other faiths will take an active part in political campaigning leading up to the abortion referendum later this year.
They tend to avoid such campaigning in the main, apart from some individual clergy.
However, they will articulate their views in sermons or when asked by media, including being invited to take part in debates, and through their own leaflets, online and in other relevant publications.
Martin: Evidence to abortion committee prompted change of mind
Fianna Fáil leader says matter is deeply personal and not a party political issue
Jan 19, 2018
Pat Leahy, Vivienne Clarke, Fiach Kelly
Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin says he changed his stance on abortion having evaluated the evidence from the Oireachtas Committee on the Eight Amendment.
Fianna Fáil TDs were stunned on Thursday evening by the unexpected declaration by Mr Martin that he would vote for the proposal to legalise abortion on request in the early months of pregnancy.
The announcement earned him plaudits from repeal campaigners but shocked some members of his party.
Government set to accept abortion committee’s recommendations
Taoiseach advises against straying too far from proposals to repeal Eighth Amendment
Jan 16, 2018
Sarah Bardon, Pat Leahy, Fiach Kelly
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has signalled for the first time that the Government will accept the recommendations of the Oireachtas committee on the Eighth Amendment.
This means that legislation will be prepared to allow for abortion on request up to 12 weeks into a pregnancy. The proposed legislation will be brought before the Dáil if a referendum on liberalising Ireland’s abortion laws is passed this summer.
Cabinet should accept recommendation of abortion up to 12 weeks - Harris
Fine Gael TDs and senators meet to debate abortion
Jan 15, 2018
Sarah Bardon, Fiach Kelly, Barry Roche
The Government should accept the recommendations of the Oireachtas committee on the Eighth Amendment, Minister for Health Simon Harris has said.
Speaking at conference in Dublin on Monday, Mr Harris said his position on the issue of abortion was clear. The Minister was speaking ahead of a debate on the matter at a special Fine Gael parliamentary party meeting on Monday afternoon.