Irish parliament debates bill to legalise abortion

Irish parliament debates bill to legalise abortion

By Deirdre Finnerty BBC News
4 October 2018

The Irish parliament is debating a bill to legalise abortion services in the country.

It is the first time the Irish parliament has addressed the issue since the Eighth Amendment - a near total constitutional ban on abortion - was removed.

The country voted to overturn its abortion ban in a referendum in May.

Continued: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-45731990

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Ireland – Abortion Rights Campaign to host seventh annual March for Choice later this month

Abortion Rights Campaign to host seventh annual March for Choice later this month
The march is set to highlight the fact that no legislation has been put in place since the referendum was repealed.

Kate Demolder
Sep 24, 2018

The seventh Annual March for Choice – organised by the Abortion Rights Campaign (ARC) – will take place in Dublin later this month, to highlight the fact that "nothing has changed" since the referendum on abortion was repealed back in May.

The march, taking place on Saturday 29 September, will see thousands take to the street to celebrate "recent victories and to ensure that no one is left behind as we move forward."

Continued: https://www.joe.ie/news/march-choice-september-641777

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Ireland – Concern over timeline for introducing abortion services

Concern over timeline for introducing abortion services

Wednesday, 19 Sep 2018
RTÉ News Political reporter

The Minister for Health has said he intends to meet medical professionals shortly regarding clinical guidelines being prepared for abortion services here.

Simon Harris's comments come following today's Oireachtas Health Committee, at which concerns were raised by representatives of GPs, gynaecologists and obstetricians over the lack of meetings between stakeholders on the matter.

Continued: https://www.rte.ie/news/politics/2018/0919/994727-abortion/

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Ireland – ‘Very, very difficult’: Doctors raise doubts over abortion services timeline

‘Very, very difficult’: Doctors raise doubts over abortion services timeline
Oireachtas health committee is told start date for GP-led structure from early next year is ‘challenging’

Wed, Sep 19, 2018

Doctors have expressed concerns that they will not be able to implement the Government’s plan to roll out GP-led abortion services from its intended start date in January.

Representatives from the Irish College of General Practitioners and the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists raised doubts at the Oireachtas health committee about being able to implement guidelines and provide abortion services by the Government’s proposed start-date early next year.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/health/very-very-difficult-doctors-raise-doubts-over-abortion-services-timeline-1.3634396

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Ireland’s President signs law repealing constitutional ban on abortion

Ireland’s President signs law repealing constitutional ban on abortion
Michael D Higgins officially repealed the Eighth Amendment following a vote in May’s referendum on the issue.

September 18 2018

The bill repealing the Eighth Amendment, amending Ireland’s abortion laws was signed on Tuesday by the President of Ireland.

The Irish electorate voted to repeal the Eighth Amendment in May’s referendum, with just under 67% voting in favour of repeal.

Continued: https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/republic-of-ireland/irelands-president-signs-law-repealing-constitutional-ban-on-abortion-37330222.html

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Ireland – President signs Bill repealing Eighth Amendment into law

President signs Bill repealing Eighth Amendment into law
Move paves way for Government to introduce law on abortion in coming weeks

Tue, Sep 18, 2018
Fiach Kelly

The Eighth Amendment to the Constitution has officially been repealed after President Michael D Higgins signed the Bill giving effect to the abortion referendum result into law.

It means that there is no longer a constitutional ban on abortion and the Oireachtas is now free to legislate to change Ireland’s existing abortion regime.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/president-signs-bill-repealing-eighth-amendment-into-law-1.3633601

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Ireland – Challenge to abortion referendum result dismissed by Court of Appeal

Challenge to abortion referendum result dismissed by Court of Appeal
The judge said that the challenge was on such flimsy and slender grounds that it amounted to “a frustration of the democratic process in relation to referendums”

August 27, 2018

THE COURT OF Appeal has dismissed a Dublin woman’s challenge against the abortion referendum result.

Joanna Jordan from Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin, had appealed last month’s ruling by High Court President Justice Peter Kelly who ruled that neither Jordon met the necessary legal test set by the Referendum Act before a court can permit a petition to be brought.

Continued: http://www.thejournal.ie/abortion-referendum-challenge-dismissed-4203767-Aug2018/

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‘Reckless’ attempt to appeal abortion referendum result dismissed

‘Reckless’ attempt to appeal abortion referendum result dismissed
Court of Appeal says assertions made by Joanna Jordan ‘entirely devoid of substance’

Mon, Aug 27, 2018
Aodhan O'Faolain, Ray Managh

A Dublin woman’s attempt challenge to the result of May’s abortion referendum has been dismissed by the Court of Appeal.

Joanna Jordan, from Upper Glenageary Road, Dún Laoghaire, had appealed a ruling by High Court President Mr Justice Peter Kelly, who last month said she had not met the necessary legal test set by the Referendum Act before a court can permit a petition to be brought.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime-and-law/courts/reckless-attempt-to-appeal-abortion-referendum-result-dismissed-1.3608991

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Ireland – Catholic hospitals set to ban abortion

Catholic hospitals set to ban abortion
Terminations will be refused under bishops’ ethics code

Ellen Coyne, Senior Ireland Reporter
July 25 2018

Catholic hospitals could break the law and refuse to offer abortions in all circumstances, a “code of ethics” drafted by the Irish Catholic Bishops suggests. Guidelines for up to 20 main hospitals connected with religious orders include a ban on most assisted reproduction procedures. The few allowed are not to be given to unmarried women or LGBT couples.

The Code of Ethical Standards for Healthcare, which sets out what can be expected from Catholic healthcare services, bans contraception; gender reassignment surgery for transgender people, crisis pregnancy counselling with information on abortion and counselling for families going through a fatal foetal abnormality diagnosis that lists termination as an option.

Continued: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/catholic-hospitals-set-to-ban-abortion-v9zwkd2qk

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Irish Bishops issue Catholic hospital guidelines that don’t allow abortion

Irish Bishops issue Catholic hospital guidelines that don't allow abortion

BY Seán Fahey
July 25, 2018

The Irish Catholic Bishops’ council are making movements to stop abortions from being carried out in Catholic-operated hospitals across the country.

The guidelines would be in direct contradiction of incoming laws that will legalise abortion in the state after May's historic vote.

The Code of Ethical Standards for Healthcare, which has been published by the religious group, and currently available in Veritas stores, also forbids gender reassignment surgeries.

Continued: https://www.buzz.ie/news/irish-bishops-catholic-hospital-abortion-293530

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