Ireland: Varadkar defends comments on UK abortion journeys

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Varadkar defends comments on UK abortion journeys

Philip Ryan
October 15 2017

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has defended comparing woman travelling to the UK for abortions to people who travel to Amsterdam and Las Vegas to take part in activities which are not legal in Ireland.

In a 2010 interview in the Sunday Independent's LIFE magazine, Mr Varadkar was asked if he believed it was a double standard to force thousands of woman to travel to the UK and elsewhere for abortions.

The Taoiseach replied: "I don't think that's double standards. People travel overseas to do things overseas that aren't legal in Ireland all the time.

Continued at source: http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/politics/varadkar-defends-comments-on-uk-abortion-journeys-36227952.html

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Irish voters oppose fully liberalising abortion laws, poll shows

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Irish voters oppose fully liberalising abortion laws, poll shows

Survey reveals just 24% back legalised terminations in all cases up to 22 weeks, ahead of planned referendum next year
Pro-choice protesters marching through Dublin

Henry McDonald Ireland correspondent
Friday 6 October 2017

Irish voters would reject any move to legalise abortion in all circumstances up to 22 weeks, an opinion poll has found.

As the prime minister, Leo Varadkar, and his minority Fine Gael government prepare to frame an abortion reform referendum scheduled for next year, it has emerged that only 24% of voters are in favour of legalising terminations in nearly all cases.

Continued at source: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/06/irish-voters-oppose-legalisation-abortion-poll-shows

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The Fight for Abortions in Ireland

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The Fight for Abortions in Ireland

As the country prepares to hold a referendum on abortion, religiously-motivated opposition to it may be on the wane.

Yasmeen Serhan
Oct 3, 2017 Global

Tens of thousands of people gathered in Dublin Saturday for the annual March for Choice, a demonstration calling on Ireland’s government to ease its near-total abortion ban. It was the first major rally organized by pro-choice advocates since the government announced an upcoming referendum: Next summer, the country will vote on whether it should change its abortion laws. The advocates told me that if the referendum works out in their favor, they may not have to organize any more marches.

But it’s not yet clear how likely the laws are to change, or even what changes will be proposed. The exact wording of the vote is not expected to be determined before December.

Continued at source: https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2017/10/ireland-abortion-referendum/541527/

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How Dublin’s March for Choice was reported around the world

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How Dublin's March for Choice was reported around the world
Reuters, the New York Times and French newspaper Le Monde covered the demonstration.
Oct 1, 2017

WHAT DID THE world’s media make of Ireland’s pro-choice march yesterday?

When Leo Varadkar was ordained as Taoiseach in June, we saw Ireland repeatedly referred to in foreign news outlets as an insular, conservative, Catholic nation.

After the success of the Yes Equality campaign, and with an ethnically diverse, young, gay man chosen as Ireland’s political leader (albeit not by the electorate), that world view of Ireland could be in the process of shifting.

Continued at source: http://www.thejournal.ie/march-for-choice-international-media-3624566-Oct2017/

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March for Choice: Edinburgh shows solidarity with the women of Ireland

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March for Choice: Edinburgh shows solidarity with the women of Ireland

By Sarah Aron and Maya Cohen
October 1, 2017

"Not the church, not the state, women must decide our fate.”

These words rang clear in the air outside the Scottish Parliament on Saturday September 30 as men, women, and children showed their solidarity with the women of Ireland.

This protest was organised by the Scottish Irish Abortion Rights Campaign (SIARC) in support of the 6th annual March for Choice.

Continued at source: http://www.studentnewspaper.org/march-for-choice-edinburgh-shows-solidarity-with-the-women-of-ireland/

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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: Abortion campaigners tell Government what they really, really want

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Abortion campaigners tell Government what they really, really want
March for Choice: ‘Free, safe, legal’ is the slogan as thousands muster in Dublin
Sat, Sep 30, 2017
Ronan McGreevy

Abortion is a black and white issue. Those Repeal jumpers, designed in anger last year by campaigner Anna Cosgrave, have become a ubiquitous fashion and political statement.

On Saturday lunchtime there were thousands of them in evidence. Those elemental colours, symbolising darkness and light, stood out against the bright shafts of sunlight glinting on the ornamental pool in the Garden of Remembrance on Parnell Square in Dublin.

Continued at source: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/abortion-campaigners-tell-government-what-they-really-really-want-1.3239929

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We can topple Ireland’s ludicrous abortion law, but it’s not a done deal

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We can topple Ireland’s ludicrous abortion law, but it’s not a done deal
The referendum to ‘repeal the 8th’ is a reward for brave campaigning by Irish women. But unlike the same-sex marriage vote, we face huge political hostility

Emer O'Toole
Wednesday 27 September 2017 14.17

It is 34 years since the Irish people voted to amend the constitution to designate the right to life of the “unborn” as equal to that of a pregnant woman, effectively banning abortion. And for 34 years Irish feminists and their allies have been campaigning to end the shame and suffering that have been the fruits of our holy eighth amendment.

In 2011 the Abortion Rights Campaign organised its first annual March for Choice in Dublin. The police told the media that only 500 people had attended, a figure easily contradicted by video evidence. The national press barely blinked at us. The following year the then taoiseach, Enda Kenny, told Time magazine that abortion was “not of priority” for his government. We were not on the radar.

Continued at source: The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/sep/27/ireland-abortion-referendum-not-done-deal-repeal-the-8th-political-hostility

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Ireland to Hold Abortion Referendum Next Year

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Ireland to Hold Abortion Referendum Next Year
By ED O’LOUGHLIN
SEPT. 26, 2017

Ireland will vote in a referendum next year on whether to lift or ease the country’s constitutional ban on abortion, one of the most restrictive such laws in the Western world.

Leo Varadkar, the Irish prime minister, announced on Tuesday that the vote would be held in May or June on the prohibition, which has been bitterly contested. Polls suggest that a majority of voters approve relaxation of the law, but they also show little support for allowing abortion on request.

Continued at source: New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/26/world/europe/ireland-abortion-ban-referendum.html

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Ireland to hold referendum on abortion laws next year

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Ireland to hold referendum on abortion laws next year

Women convicted of having an illegal termination in Ireland currently face up to 14 years in prison.

Tuesday 26 September 2017
By Bethan Staton, News Reporter

Ireland is to hold a referendum on whether to scrap its ban on abortion, Prime Minister Leo Varadkar has announced.

The vote will take place in May or June next year, shortly before a visit from Pope Francis.

Abortion is currently illegal in the Republic of Ireland, except in cases where the mother's life is in danger.

Continued at source: Sky News: http://news.sky.com/story/ireland-to-hold-referendum-on-abortion-laws-next-year-11054540

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