Ireland – Simon Coveney: My indecision on abortion is final (I think)

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Simon Coveney: My indecision on abortion is final (I think)
Simon Coveney is suffering brickbats for changing his mind on abortion. Is this only a personal crisis, or does it reflect a split in the government, asks Stephen O’Brien

Stephen O’Brien, Political Editor
April 1 2018

The headline in the Irish Examiner confirmed that all was not well in Cork. “Coveney plan for legal lock in tatters,” the newspaper declared on Wednesday as the tanaiste, a local TD, made the news for the third day running.

“Tanaiste Simon Coveney has been left humiliated after his two-thirds Dail majority legal-lock plan for the government’s post-referendum abortion law was labelled unconstitutional, naive and deeply damaging to the ‘yes’ campaign,” the Examiner railed.

Continued: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/simon-coveney-my-indecision-on-abortion-is-final-i-think-qjxq07h2p

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How 99 strangers in a Dublin hotel broke Ireland’s abortion deadlock

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How 99 strangers in a Dublin hotel broke Ireland's abortion deadlock
Ahead of a public vote in May, the work of a citizens’ assembly to debate the previously taboo subject is still being felt

Patrick Chalmers in Dublin
Thu 8 Mar 2018

Ninety-nine random strangers, a North Dublin hotel and a lot of cups of tea and coffee – not exactly the stuff of political revolution.

Yet little more than a year later, it appears that an unlikely assemblage of housewives, students, ex-teachers, truck drivers and others has brought Ireland to the brink of radical change to its abortion laws.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/mar/08/how-99-strangers-in-a-dublin-hotel-broke-irelands-abortion-deadlock

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From Linda Kavanagh to Tracy Harkin: A guide to who’s who in Ireland’s divisive abortion debate

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From Linda Kavanagh to Tracy Harkin: A guide to who's who in Ireland's divisive abortion debate
With Ireland's landmark referendum on the Eighth Amendment looming, voices on both sides of the abortion debate are getting ­ louder. But who exactly is lining out?

John Meagher
February 4 2018

It has been a momentous week for campaigners on both sides of the great abortion debate as it was finally confirmed that a referendum would be held this summer. Friday, May 25, is thought to be the most likely day for the referendum, one that pro-choice supporters hope will forever lift the ban on abortion.

But despite a series of opinion polls that indicate that the majority of the country wants change, the pro-life side believes a large cohort of people opposed to abortion have not had their voices heard.

Continued: https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/abortion-referendum/from-linda-kavanagh-to-tracy-harkin-a-guide-to-whos-who-in-irelands-divisive-abortion-debate-36558195.html

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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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Abortion debate: Ireland’s most Catholic times were its ‘least Christian’

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Abortion debate: Ireland’s most Catholic times were its ‘least Christian’
Minister of State opposes ‘purposeful destruction’ of a viable pregnancy

Jan 18, 2018
Michael O'Regan, Marie O'Halloran

Ireland was at its least Christian point during its most Catholic years, Fine Gael TD Kate O’Connell has told the Dáil debate on abortion.

Ms O’Connell, who supports the repeal of the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution, which guarantees the equal right to life of the unborn, said the position of the Catholic Church had been sewn into the Constitution in 1937, two years after the sale, advertising and importation of contraceptives was banned.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/oireachtas/abortion-debate-ireland-s-most-catholic-times-were-its-least-christian-1.3360353

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Ireland: TDs line up support for abortion reform

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TDs line up support for abortion reform

Ellen Coyne, Senior Ireland Reporter
December 21 2017

Pro-choice politicians are starting a campaign to convince Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and Sinn Féin to back a law legalising abortion in Ireland.

Repealing the Eighth Amendment, to allow abortion up to 12 weeks into a pregnancy and lifting sanctions from doctors and women was formally recommended to the government in a report published by an Oireachtas committee yesterday.

Continued at source: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/ireland/tds-line-up-support-for-abortion-reform-rd6sfsnvx

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Ireland: Fine Gael TD calls on abortion committee to push recommendation

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Fine Gael TD calls on abortion committee to push recommendation
Fianna Fáil TD says he will respect rights of party members to advocate different positions

Dec 20, 2017
Sarah Bardon

Fine Gael TD Kate O’Connell has urged members of the Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment to bring their political parties with them in allowing abortions up to 12 weeks.

Speaking at the launch of the Oireachtas committee's report, Ms O'Connell has urged members of the Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment to bring their political parties with them is allowing abortion up to 12 weeks.

Continued at source: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/fine-gael-td-calls-on-abortion-committee-to-push-recommendation-1.3334374

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Ireland: Oireachtas committee on Eighth Amendment publishes 40-page report

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Oireachtas committee on Eighth Amendment publishes 40-page report
Members say they cannot compel the Government to accept their recommendations

Dec 20, 2017
Sarah Bardon

Members of the Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment have insisted they cannot compel the Government to accept their recommendations.

The committee published its 40 page report on Wednesday outlining the decisions taken by members and the rationale for them.

Continued at source: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/oireachtas-committee-on-eighth-amendment-publishes-40-page-report-1.3333670

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Ireland: No restriction on abortion in first 12 weeks, say TDs

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No restriction on abortion in first 12 weeks, say TDs

Stephen O’Brien, Political Editor
December 10 2017

The Oireachtas committee on the eighth amendment is likely to vote in favour of abortion without restriction in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy when it agrees its final report on Wednesday.

Committee sources say there appears to be a majority in favour of accepting the recommendation of the citizens’ assembly that termination of pregnancy, without restriction, should be lawful up to 12 weeks’ gestation.

Continued at source: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/ireland/no-restriction-on-abortion-in-first-12-weeks-say-tds-vkdrmtlf9

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Ireland ‘cold, neglectful, lonely’ for women in crisis pregnancy

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Ireland ‘cold, neglectful, lonely’ for women in crisis pregnancy
Harris urges end to ‘tyranny of labels’ as ‘I’ve never met anyone who is not in favour of life’

Nov 11, 2017
Marie O'Halloran

The Government has to face the reality that women are having dangerous abortions and take action, Minister for Health Simon Harris has said.

He told the Fine Gael national conference that “I’ve sat in far too many rooms with women who have found this country to be cold, neglectful, lonely and isolating when they have a crisis pregnancy.”

continued at source: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/ireland-cold-neglectful-lonely-for-women-in-crisis-pregnancy-1.3288866

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