Ireland – Sinn Fein votes to back relaxation of abortion laws

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Sinn Fein votes to back relaxation of abortion laws
Party backs motion to support reform following historic referendum vote in Republic

Tom Barnes
June 16 2018

Sinn Fein has voted “decisively” to support the liberalisation of abortion law across the island of Ireland following the historic vote to legalise the procedure in the Republic.

Party members overwhelmingly backed a motion calling to terminations to be provided through a GP-led service for a “limited gestational period”.

Continued: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/sinn-fein-abortion-policy-legalisation-laws-northern-ireland-republic-a8402706.html

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Ireland – No GP should be allowed opt out of abortions

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Newton Emerson: No GP should be allowed opt out of abortions
Conscientious objection amounts to saying ‘We don’t serve your sort around here, love’

Thu, Jun 14, 2018
Newton Emerson

The UK supreme court sat for the first time in Belfast last month, hearing an appeal into the “gay cake” case, among others.

“People will of course not expect an answer any time soon,” the president of the court said upon reserving judgment.

Another thing nobody expects is for the court to let bakers opt into a register of those willing to ice gay cakes, comprising only a handful of bakers in the country, with people obliged to travel to find them.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/newton-emerson-no-gp-should-be-allowed-opt-out-of-abortions-1.3529281

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Ireland – Public list of GPs providing abortion ‘now likely’

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Public list of GPs providing abortion 'now likely'
Pharmacists seek right to have conscientious objection

Eilish O'Regan and Shona Murray
June 12 2018

A public list of GPs who are registered to provide medical abortions may be necessary to ensure women looking for a termination are not left confused about where to get the service, it emerged yesterday.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar reiterated that while GPs can have a conscientious objection to providing medical abortions, they will be ethically obliged to refer a woman to a doctor who is participating in the scheme.

Continued; https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/health/public-list-of-gps-providing-abortion-now-likely-37000509.html

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Ireland – Government expects to design ‘opt-in’ GP system for abortion

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Government expects to design ‘opt-in’ GP system for abortion
Doctors not participating will be obliged to refer patients elsewhere for treatment

June 12, 2018
Sarah Bardon Political Reporter

The Government is expected to design an opt-in system for medical professionals willing to provide abortion services and allow doctors conscientiously object to providing the care.

The legislation to regulate the termination of pregnancy, in line with the decision made in last month’s referendum to repeal the Eighth Amendment, is being considered by the Attorney General Séamus Woulfe’s office.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/government-expects-to-design-opt-in-gp-system-for-abortion-1.3527090

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Ireland – Eighth Amendment challenges ‘will not delay legislation’

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Eighth Amendment challenges ‘will not delay legislation’
Government sources insist such actions were expected and will not ‘derail’ plans

June 6, 2018
Fiach Kelly, Mary Carolan

Potential legal challenges to the result of the referendum on the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution will not delay the passage of legislation to give effect to Ireland’s new abortion regime, Government sources say.

Three separate applications have been initiated seeking permission to bring petitions challenging the result of last month’s referendum. It saw a landslide vote of 66.4 per cent in favour of repealing the Eighth Amendment.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/eighth-amendment-challenges-will-not-delay-legislation-1.3520537

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NORTHERN IRELAND – “The North is next” – proposals put forward to try and make this happen

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NORTHERN IRELAND – “The North is next” – proposals put forward to try and make this happen

by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion
June 1, 2018

As in Ireland up to now, it is almost impossible to get an abortion in Northern Ireland. The most immediate fallout of the Irish referendum results on 26 May was the call from many quarters for Northern Ireland to be next. However, there are complex political realities that will get in the way. The first and most important is that policy on abortion was devolved by the UK Parliament to Northern Ireland and Scotland some years back, as part of changes introduced by the then Labour government to give Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland more local control over a range of issues.

The problem now is that Northern Ireland hasn’t had a functioning government for more than a year, so there is no way it can act. Secondly, there is no guarantee its government would reform the abortion law even if it suddenly got back on its feet. One of the strongest and most reactionary Northern Irish parties, the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), is dead set against legalising abortion. Moreover, they currently have a controlling say in the politics of the UK overall, because the Conservative Party does not have a parliamentary majority, and they made a deal with the DUP last year after the election to support them to get unpopular legislation through.

Continued: http://www.safeabortionwomensright.org/northern-ireland-the-north-is-next-proposals-put-forward-to-try-and-make-this-happen/

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Abortion reform will not be in place until next year, Varadkar says

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Abortion reform will not be in place until next year, Varadkar says
Taoiseach warns that clinical guidelines will need to be drawn up as well as legislation

May 29, 2018
Michael O'Regan, Maire O'Halloran

It will be January of next year before full effect is given to the will of the people as expressed in the abortion referendum, the Taoiseach has said.

Leo Varadkar said it was not just a matter of legislating for the issue in the Dáil and Seanad, but that clinical guidelines would have to be drawn up as well.

“It will be necessary to regulate and license new medicines.”

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/abortion-reform-will-not-be-in-place-until-next-year-varadkar-says-1.3512668

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‘Ball and chain’ of Irish abortion ban finally gone, Clare Daly says

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‘Ball and chain’ of Irish abortion ban finally gone, Clare Daly says
TD applauded by colleagues after impassioned speech during first Dáil sitting since referendum

May 29, 2018
Marie O'Halloran

Independents4Change TD Clare Daly became emotional in the Dáil on Tuesday as she described the abortion referendum result as “an enormous weight being lifted”.

In an impassioned speech which received a round of applause from TDs, Ms Daly said it was a “ball and chain that dogged us all our adult life being finally gone”.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/ball-and-chain-of-irish-abortion-ban-finally-gone-clare-daly-says-1.3512917

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Ireland – Yes campaign’s outreach to middle ground delivered the landslide

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Yes campaign’s outreach to middle ground delivered the landslide
Undecideds swung in huge numbers to Yes, as politicians struggled to keep up with pace of change

May 27, 2018
Pat Leahy

Politicians and politics are playing catch-up, following Friday’s vote. It happened before, with contraception, divorce and homosexuality. Now it has happened with abortion.

It’s not so much that the vote will change our society, but rather that it signals that society has already changed. It has conceded to women power over their own lives that had been previously withheld by the State.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/yes-campaign-s-outreach-to-middle-ground-delivered-the-landslide-1.3510338

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Savita’s Law? Pro-choice groups back call from family to name abortion legislation after her

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Savita's Law? Pro-choice groups back call from family to name abortion legislation after her

David Young, Rachel Farrell and Laura Larkin
May 27 2018

PRO-CHOICE campaigners have backed calls for Ireland's new abortion laws to be named after Savita Halappanavar, the expectant mother who died after being refused a termination.

The Together for Yes coalition said the gesture would recognise the "great debt" the Irish people owed to Savita, the 31-year-old Indian dentist who died in a Galway hospital after doctors refused to perform an abortion as she miscarried.

Continued: https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/abortion-referendum/savitas-law-prochoice-groups-back-call-from-family-to-name-abortion-legislation-after-her-36950926.html

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