Varadkar on changing abortion stance: ‘Things aren’t as black and white as they appear in your 20s’

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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.

Continued: http://www.thejournal.ie/leo-varadkar-4-3846268-Feb2018/

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Ireland: Mixed views after Cabinet agrees to vote on replacing Eighth

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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
Vivienne Clarke

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.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/mixed-views-after-cabinet-agrees-to-vote-on-replacing-eighth-1.3373571

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Ireland: Nuance and abortion: Churches, other faiths, and atheists differ

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Nuance and abortion: Churches, other faiths, and atheists differ
All churches and faiths abhor abortion but most agree it can be the lesser evil

Patsy McGarry
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.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/religion-and-beliefs/nuance-and-abortion-churches-other-faiths-and-atheists-differ-1.3371629?mode=amp

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Ireland: Martin: Evidence to abortion committee prompted change of mind

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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.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/martin-evidence-to-abortion-committee-prompted-change-of-mind-1.3361247

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Ireland: Government set to accept abortion committee’s recommendations

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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.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/government-set-to-accept-abortion-committee-s-recommendations-1.3356674

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Ireland: Cabinet should accept recommendation of abortion up to 12 weeks – Harris

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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.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/cabinet-should-accept-recommendation-of-abortion-up-to-12-weeks-harris-1.3355941

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Ireland: Cabinet gets free vote on both abortion bills

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Cabinet gets free vote on both abortion bills
Stephen O’Brien, Political Editor

January 14 2018, The Sunday Times

Fine Gael cabinet ministers will have a free vote on the “repeal the eighth” referendum bill in March, and also on a bill next autumn to permit abortion on request up to 12 weeks if the referendum is passed.

Senior government sources say ministers will have complied with the principle of collective cabinet responsibility if they instruct Simon Harris, the health minister, to draft a bill and prepare a referendum to repeal article 40.3.3. of the constitution, which confers an equal right to life on “the mother” and “the unborn”. Individual ministers would then be free to vote against that legislation in the Dail.

Continued: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/cabinet-gets-free-vote-on-both-abortion-bills-z6rvrqlmd

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Ireland: Leo Varadkar’s shifting view on abortion will be key to campaign

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Leo Varadkar’s shifting view on abortion will be key to campaign
‘I consider myself to be pro-life in that I accept that the unborn child is a human life with rights,’ Taoiseach told Dáil in 2014, but also said Eighth Amendment was ‘too restrictive’

Jan 11, 2018
Pat Leahy

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar on Wednesday again declined to give his views on the report of the Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment, which has recommended legislating for abortion on request up to 12 weeks. However, several Fine Gael sources, including some who have discussed the issue with the Taoiseach, expect that he will back the proposals, joining the seven cabinet ministers who have so far expressed their support.

Continued at source: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/leo-varadkar-s-shifting-view-on-abortion-will-be-key-to-campaign-1.3351288

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Ireland: Concern that abortion proposal a step too far – Varadkar

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Concern that abortion proposal a step too far - Varadkar
Wednesday, 10 Jan 2018

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said there is concern among many politicians that the proposal to allow abortions in Ireland without restrictions up to 12 weeks may go one step too far for the majority of the public.

Mr Varadkar said this recommendation went further than he and many people would have anticipated a year or two ago.

Continued at source: https://www.rte.ie/news/ireland/2018/0110/932212-eighth-amendment-abortion/

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Ireland: Cabinet to discuss Oireachtas Committee report on abortion

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Cabinet to discuss Oireachtas Committee report on abortion
Simon Harris to bring memo to today’s meeting laying out likely steps before a referendum

Jan 10, 2017
Pat Leahy, Sarah Bardon, Fiach Kelly

The Cabinet is to discuss the report of the Oireachtas Committee on abortion at its meeting on Wednesday morning as preparations continue for a likely referendum before the summer.

The Minister for Health, Simon Harris, will bring a memo to the Cabinet’s first meeting of 2018 laying out the likely steps before a referendum which Mr Harris will tell colleagues can be held in either late May or early June.

Continued at source: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/cabinet-to-discuss-oireachtas-committee-report-on-abortion-1.3350273

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