Ireland: Abortion referendum will not be delayed, says Harris

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Abortion referendum will not be delayed, says Harris
Minister denies reports Eighth Amendment vote could be postponed until October

Jan 2, 2018
Sarah Bardon

The Minister for Health has insisted the Government is committed to holding a referendum on the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution this summer.

Simon Harris denied weekend newspaper reports that the vote would be delayed until October, due to the tight timeframe facing the Government.

Continued at link: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum-will-not-be-delayed-says-harris-1.3342481

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Ireland: Abortion and the eighth amendment: putting it up to the politicians

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Abortion and the eighth amendment: putting it up to the politicians
The abortion committee has voted in favour of repealing the eighth amendment — now it’s up to the Dail

Justine McCarthy
December 17 2017

After 13 weeks, 16 meetings, 47 witnesses and sporadic outbreaks of umbrage, a stunned silence suddenly descended on committee room three in the basement of Leinster House on Wednesday evening. The Oireachtas committee on the eighth amendment had just voted to recommend the repeal of the constitution's most divisive clause, the 34-year ban on abortion.

“Should we clap or what?” asked Brid Smith, a Solidarity-People Before Profit TD who has told how she took a boat to England in 1985 to have a pregnancy terminated. Laughter rippled through the public gallery and around the horseshoe-shaped committee desk. It stopped where Rónán Mullen, an independent senator, and the TDs Mattie McGrath, an independent, and Peter Fitzpatrick of Fine Gael sat together, stony-faced.

Continued at source: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/ireland/abortion-and-the-eighth-amendment-putting-it-up-to-the-politicians-fjz8f0pzm

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Ireland: Fine Gael wants cabinet unity over abortion

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Fine Gael wants cabinet unity over abortion

Justine McCarthy and Stephen O’Brien
December 17 2017

Health minister Simon Harris wants the cabinet to adopt a united front on next year’s abortion referendum, although just six of the 15 ministers say they support the findings of a special Oireachtas committee.

Analysis of ministers’ previous statements on abortion and their voting records on related Oireachtas motions indicates 12 ministers could support the removal of the 34-year-old abortion ban from the constitution.

The six who have stated their support are Charlie Flanagan, Eoghan Murphy, Regina Doherty, Josepha Madigan, Katherine Zappone and Shane Ross.

Continued at source: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/ireland/fine-gael-wants-cabinet-unity-over-abortion-nzqhskm2p

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Ireland: ‘Vital’ that abortion not be a crime, says Zappone

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‘Vital’ that abortion not be a crime, says Zappone
Minister’s vexed remarks come as committee reviewing amendment set to make proposals

Dec 7, 2017
Kitty Holland, Sarah Bardon

Abortion should be legal, safe and freely available to anyone who needs it, Minister for Children Katherine Zappone has said.

In her strongest comments to date, Ms Zappone said the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution must be removed and should not be replaced with other constitutional wording.

In a speech delivered at Dublin City University on Thursday evening, the Minister said decriminalisation of abortion was “vital”, while the 2013 Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act needed to be replaced with a law “under which abortion is safe, legal and available to all who need it”.

Continued at source: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/vital-that-abortion-not-be-a-crime-says-zappone-1.3319483

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Thousands attend Dublin abortion rights protest

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Thousands attend Dublin abortion rights protest
March for Choice is first major march since timeframe of referendum unveiled
Sat, Sep 30, 2017
Ronan McGreevy, Ciarán D'Arcy

Thousands of people took to the streets of Dublin on Saturday calling for the liberalisation of Ireland’s abortion laws.

The demonstration began at the Garden of Remembrance at 2pm and progressed down O’Connell Street, before turning onto the quays and crossing over the Liffey. From there it proceeded up Pearse Street and towards the rally area in Merrion Square.

Continued at source: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/thousands-attend-dublin-abortion-rights-protest-1.3239832

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Ireland: Zappone: public would reject full liberalisation of abortion laws

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Zappone: public would reject full liberalisation of abortion laws
Minister for Children says she wants to encourage ‘conversations’ in run-up to referendum

Fri, Sep 29, 2017
Mary Minihan

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone has said she believes the public would not support a referendum proposing the extensive liberalisation of Ireland’s abortion laws recommended by the Citizens’ Assembly.

Her comments come as the Coalition to Repeal the Eighth Amendment said it would oppose any “watering down” of the assembly recommendations, including the recommendation of 64 per cent of its members that termination of pregnancy without restriction should be lawful.

Continued at source: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/zappone-public-would-reject-full-liberalisation-of-abortion-laws-1.3238976

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Ireland: Zappone ‘deeply concerned’ at venues refusing abortion meetings

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Zappone ‘deeply concerned’ at venues refusing abortion meetings
Pro-life TDs from Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin sign statement deploring cancellations

Fri, Sep 29, 2017

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone has said she is “deeply concerned” about venues withdrawing permission for anti-abortion and pro-choice group meetings because of pressure from rival organisations.

She said it was vital that people on all sides of the debate had an opportunity to gather in hotels and community centres to talk about the referendum on the Eighth Amendment, scheduled for May or June next year.

Continued at source: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/zappone-deeply-concerned-at-venues-refusing-abortion-meetings-1.3238854

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Ireland: Katherine Zappone seeks AG advice on abortion Bill

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Katherine Zappone seeks AG advice on abortion Bill
Minister told legislation could assist abusive partners more than pregnant women
Wed, Mar 8, 2017
Fiach Kelly

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone was told by four of her women Cabinet colleagues that an abortion Bill she sought more time to examine would help abusive partners rather than pregnant women.

The Cabinet has once again disagreed on an Opposition abortion Bill with Ms Zappone seeking further advice from the Attorney General on the proposal from the Anti-Austerity Alliance-People Before Profit and Green Party.

Continued at source: Irish Times: http://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/katherine-zappone-seeks-ag-advice-on-abortion-bill-1.3001814

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Ireland: Minister calls for abortion to be more widely available

Children's Minister Katherine Zappone believes abortions should be more widely available. Photo: Tom Burke

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by Kevin Doyle

Published 05/08/2016 | 02:30

Children's Minister Katherine Zappone believes that only offering abortions in cases of incest, rape and fatal foetal abnormality would "do nothing at all for most women in Ireland".

The minister wants the forthcoming citizens' assembly to look at widening the reasons for permitting an abortion beyond the three that are currently the subject of widespread public discourse.

Writing in today's Irish Independent, Ms Zappone says the Eighth Amendment must be repealed, but that a referendum now "with an unclear popular consensus" would be unwise.

The Independent TD recently faced criticism after voting against Mick Wallace's bill that would have allowed for terminations in the cases of fatal foetal abnormalities.

Despite a free vote on the issue, Ms Zappone stuck with the Fine Gael view that a citizens' assembly is the way forward.

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Source: The Independent

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