Ireland – Catholic hospitals set to ban abortion

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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

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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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Rise in women travelling from Northern Ireland to England for abortions

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Rise in women travelling from Northern Ireland to England for abortions
Campaigners say having different abortion laws on either side of Irish border breaches Good Friday agreement

James Tapper
Sat 21 Jul 2018

The number of women travelling from Northern Ireland to have an abortion in England has jumped dramatically since the government set up a special hotline in March.

A total of 342 women and girls – including at least one 12-year-old – went to England for a termination through the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) in the three months since March: a significant increase on the 190 women who travelled to use the same service in the previous nine months.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jul/21/women-travelling-from-northern-ireland-to-england-for-abortions

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Ireland – Applications to challenge abortion referendum result rejected

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Applications to challenge abortion referendum result rejected
Judge orders result of vote cannot come into effect for a week to allow plaintiff seek appeal

July 20, 2018
Mary Carolan

The president of the High Court has refused two separate applications for permission to bring petitions challenging the Yes result of the abortion referendum.

Mr Justice Peter Kelly also made an order with the effect the referendum result cannot come into formal effect for at least a week to allow Charles Byrne seek an appeal to the Court of Appeal.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime-and-law/courts/high-court/applications-to-challenge-abortion-referendum-result-rejected-1.3571476

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Ireland – GPs may demand ‘significant’ fees for providing abortions

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GPs may demand ‘significant’ fees for providing abortions
Government is warned that medics may use new services as a negotiating ploy

Sat, Jul 14, 2018
Fiach Kelly Deputy Political Editor

Ministers have been warned that GPs may use Government promises to introduce abortion services by next year as a negotiating ploy to seek “significant” fees for carrying out terminations.

The Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) has in the past used deadlines to introduce new services by a specific date to seek much higher fees from the State, the Cabinet has been told.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/health/gps-may-demand-significant-fees-for-providing-abortions-1.3564362

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Ireland – Abortion Bill will commit to exclusion zones around services

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Abortion Bill will commit to exclusion zones around services
Zones of 100m-150m intended to stop women being harassed while accessing services

Fri, Jul 6, 2018
Sarah Bardon

The Government will commit to the introduction of exclusion zones of 100m-150m to prevent women facing vulgar imagery when accessing abortion services.

Minister for Health Simon Harris is to bring the Heads of the Health (Regulation of the Termination of Pregnancy) Bill to Cabinet on Tuesday, which will outline the circumstances in which abortions will be available in this country.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/abortion-bill-will-commit-to-exclusion-zones-around-services-1.3556802

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Ireland – Claims ministers ‘duped’ voters in Eighth referendum rejected

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Claims ministers ‘duped’ voters in Eighth referendum rejected
High Court hearing action by Drogheda man seeking to challenge referendum result

June 27, 2018
Mary Carolan

Government ministers do not have to meet standards of “legal accuracy” when campaigning in referendums and only an extreme situation might entitle the courts to intervene in their campaigning, the State has told the High Court.

No such situation arose concerning how Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Health Simon Harris campaigned in favour of repealing the anti-abortion Eighth amendment, Frank Callanan SC said.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/claims-ministers-duped-voters-in-eighth-referendum-rejected-1.3545559

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Student Leadership Helped to Legalize Abortion in Ireland

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Student Leadership Helped to Legalize Abortion in Ireland

June 27, 2018
by Addie Duckett

On May 25, in a huge win for women, people across Ireland voted overwhelmingly to support the repeal of the eighth amendment to Ireland’s constitution. The referendum passed with 66.4% voting ‘yes’ in a rebuke of the draconian abortion laws that have governed the country for decades. This vote follows the 2015 passage of the Marriage Equality act, marking a trend of successful liberalization efforts largely indebted to the dedication of youth and student leadership throughout the country.

The eighth amendment, originally passed in 1983, established the equal right to life of pregnant women and their unborn fetuses, outlawing abortion in nearly all cases. Until 1992, it also remained illegal to travel abroad to seek an abortion, though many women still did so.

Continued: http://feministcampus.org/student-leadership-helped-to-legalize-abortion-in-ireland/

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Ireland – Minister wants abortion services in place from next January

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Minister wants abortion services in place from next January

Thursday, 21 Jun 2018
By Joe Mag Raollaigh

The Minister for Health has reiterated that he wants to introduce abortion services from January 2019.

Speaking at the AGM of the National Women's Council, Simon Harris said that there are a number of legal challenges to the referendum result and he respects the court must do its work.

Continued: https://www.rte.ie/news/politics/2018/0621/972142-national-womens-council/

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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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