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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Friends of Savita condemn ‘rude, ridiculous’ Rónán Mullen claim

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Friends of Savita condemn ‘rude, ridiculous’ Rónán Mullen claim
‘If there was abortion on demand... she wouldn’t have been pregnant,’ said Senator
Oct 20, 2017
Kitty Holland

Friends in Galway of Savita Halappanavar have described comments by Senator Ronan Mullen on the circumstances in which she died as “very sad”, “rude” and “ridiculous”.

Sreeni Rao, whose wife Mrdula was Ms Halappanavar’s closest friend in Ireland and who visited her in Galway University Hospital during her last week, said he could not understand the comments.

Continued at source: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/friends-of-savita-condemn-rude-ridiculous-r%C3%B3n%C3%A1n-mullen-claim-1.3262357

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Ireland: Oireachtas committee votes for abortion law change

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Oireachtas committee votes for abortion law change
Kate O’Connell says this is not end of the debate, but is a step in right direction

Oct 19, 2017
Sarah Bardon

The Oireachtas committee examining Ireland’s abortion law has agreed that Article 40.3.3 of the Constitution should not be retained in full.

The decision ensures the committee will recommend a referendum, which the Government has scheduled to take place next year. The proposal was made by Sinn Féin and supported by Fianna Fáil TD Billy Kelleher. Fifteen committee members voted in favour, three voted against including Fine Gael TD Peter Fitzpatrick, and two Fianna Fáil members abstained.

Continued at source: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/oireachtas-committee-votes-for-abortion-law-change-1.3261128

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Ireland: Abortion committee members cast doubt on final agreement

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Abortion committee members cast doubt on final agreement
Niamh Lyons, Ireland Political Editor

September 13 2017, The Times

Members of the Eighth Amendment committee have expressed doubts about whether the group can deliver an agreed set of recommendations, with fears that up to three reports could emanate from the hearings.

The committee meets today to sign off on its draft work plan and organise its future hearings into modules.

Continued at source: The Times UK: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/ireland/abortion-committee-members-cast-doubt-on-final-agreement-ltpxfjhxv

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Ireland: Deep divisions hamper abortion committee

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Deep divisions hamper abortion committee
Monday, June 26, 2017
Alison O’Connor

As Judge Mary Laffoy gets ready to present her report on the Citizens’ Assembly, Alison O’Connor says we are in for a tortuous few months before we get to vote on the issue.

THIS week, Judge Mary Laffoy will deliver her report to the Government on the conclusions of the Citizens’ Assembly on the future of the eighth amendment to the Constitution.

On one level, we are fully aware of what it is the 100 members who made up the Citizens’ Assembly want, because they voted on it, causing ripples of shock throughout the country, back in April.

Continued at source: Irish Examiner: http://www.irishexaminer.com/viewpoints/analysis/deep-divisions-hamper-abortion-committee-453323.html

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Ireland: No protection for citizens to decide abortion

Fears are mounting that those who will consider holding a referendum on abortion will be targeted by pro-life campaigners

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by Sarah McInerney

August 14 2016, 12:01am, The Sunday Times (UK)
Fears are mounting that those who will consider holding a referendum on abortion will be targeted by pro-life campaigners

Members of the citizens’ assembly, which will consider holding a referendum on abortion, are to have their names published on its website, despite fears that they could be targeted by pro-life and pro-choice campaigners.

A number of TDs have expressed alarm that the 99 members of the public who will be chosen to take part will come under pressure by lobby groups on both sides of the abortion debate.

Kate O’Connell, a Fine Gael TD in Dublin Bay South, said they should be protected by the government. “It would be very difficult for any private individual if the pro-choice or pro-life campaign were camped outside their house when they get up in the morning,” she said. “That can’t be allowed to happen. It’s just not acceptable. I think it should be nearly like a jury, where they are protected.”

Source: The Times, UK

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