Ireland – Liam Weeks: ‘Abortion: the issue that never goes away’

Liam Weeks: 'Abortion: the issue that never goes away'
New disagreements suggest the referendum has made abortion more political than ever

Liam Weeks
December 9 2018

After six referendums and 35 years of debate, there was a sentiment, or at least an expectation, that the abortion issue had finally been put to bed last May.

But, as the events surrounding Minister Simon Harris's plans to legislate for the referendum result have shown, abortion remains a live political issue.

Continued: https://www.independent.ie/opinion/comment/liam-weeks-abortion-the-issue-that-never-goes-away-37607855.html

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Ireland – Miriam Lord: It’s like the abortion referendum never happened

Miriam Lord: It’s like the abortion referendum never happened
Mattie McGrath blew a gasket at suggestions he might have been filibustering

Dec 5, 2018
Miriam Lord
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And once more, all the issues which have already been examined and discussed inside out and upside down in both houses of the Oireachtas and in various committee rooms will be discussed for as long as certain Senators can possibly make it until the Bill finally passes into law.

But there was going to be no rehashing in the Seanad until certain TDs had rehashed themselves to a procedural standstill in the Dáil. They had no intention of going quietly.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/miriam-lord-it-s-like-the-abortion-referendum-never-happened-1.3721649

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Ireland – Abortion law change to make doctors report woman’s marital status sought

Abortion law change to make doctors report woman’s marital status sought
Amendments to record patient’s previous terminations and ethnicity proposed by anti-abortion TDs

Tue, Dec 4, 2018
Jennifer Bray

A number of anti-abortion TDs have proposed new changes to the abortion legislation which would require a doctor to report whether a woman had any previous abortions, what age and ethnicity she is and whether she is married.

If a medical practitioner does not do this, they could be fined or jailed for up to five years.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-law-change-to-make-doctors-report-woman-s-marital-status-sought-1.3719749

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Ireland – Committee finishes considering abortion legislation

Committee finishes considering abortion legislation

Thursday, 8 Nov 2018
By Ailbhe Conneely, RTÉ News Political reporter

Consideration of the Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy Bill at Committee Stage has ended tonight following three days of examination.

The Select Oireachtas Committee on Health spent three days discussing 180 amendments to the legislation.

The Minister for Health did not accept any changes to the legislation.

Continued: https://www.rte.ie/news/politics/2018/1108/1009600-abortion-legislation-committee/

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Ireland – Heated exchanges as TDs consider changes to abortion legislation

Heated exchanges as TDs consider changes to abortion legislation
Harris says law will not allow women to seek terminations on basis of sex, race, disability

Wed, Nov 7, 2018
Sarah Burns

There were heated exchanges as TDs debated proposed changes to the State’s abortion legislation on Wednesday but Minister for Health Simon Harris has not yet accepted any of the 145 amendments considered.

The Oireachtas Health Committee concluded its second day of debate on the 180 proposed amendments to the Health (Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy) Bill 2018.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/heated-exchanges-as-tds-consider-changes-to-abortion-legislation-1.3689608

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Ireland – Health committee rejects abortion legislation amendments by pro-life TDs

Health committee rejects abortion legislation amendments by pro-life TDs

Wednesday, November 07, 2018
By Elaine Loughlin
Political Correspondent

Latest: The Health Committee has rejected amendments to abortion legislation put forward by a group of pro-life TDs.

Simon Harris at the Health Commitee today. Photo: Oireachtas TV

The Committee has so far examined almost 130 amendments of 180 tabled in relation to a Bill to allow for abortion in this country.

Continued: https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/ireland/health-committee-rejects-abortion-legislation-amendments-by-pro-life-tds-883774.html

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Ireland – Harris says abortion legislation doesn’t mention the word ‘abortion’ for legal reasons

Harris says abortion legislation doesn't mention the word 'abortion' for legal reasons
The Health Minister also said he wants the Bill to be inclusive of members of the trans community.

Nov 6, 2018

SIMON HARRIS HAS said the word ‘abortion’ is not mentioned in the Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy Bill due to legal advice.

The Health Minister and members of the Oireachtas Health Committee are meeting today to consider amendments to the Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy Bill.

A number of TDs want the wording of the Bill to be changed, with Solidarity–People Before Profit TD Bríd Smith saying not using the word ‘abortion’ is an “obfuscation and a deliberate ignoring what’s going on here”.

Continued: https://www.thejournal.ie/abortion-legislation-ireland-2-4324746-Nov2018/

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Ireland – Nine TDs want law to ensure aborted foetuses are buried or cremated

Nine TDs want law to ensure aborted foetuses are buried or cremated
A number of TDs have put down amendments ahead of the three-day discussion of the proposed abortion legislation next week.

Fri Nov 2, 2018

ANTI-ABORTION TDS have proposed that the remains of a foetus be either buried or cremated following termination of pregnancy.

The measure is just one of several amendments put down ahead of the three-day discussion of the proposed abortion legislation at the Oireachtas Health Committee next week.

Continued: https://www.thejournal.ie/abortion-law-burial-foetus-4319054-Nov2018/

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Ireland – TDs criticise Health Minister over new abortion law

TDs criticise Health Minister over new abortion law

Thursday, 25 Oct 2018 16:33
By Ailbhe Conneely, RTÉ News Political reporter

A number of deputies who campaigned for a No vote in the recent abortion referendum have accused the Minister for Health of failing to engage meaningfully with them over the Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy Bill.

Independent deputies Mattie McGrath, Michael Collins, Carol Nolan, Peter Fitzpatrick and Danny Healy-Rae said that while the public voted to remove the Eighth Amendment from the Constitution, they did not vote in favour of the Bill in its current form.

Continued: https://www.rte.ie/news/politics/2018/1025/1006625-abortion-bill/

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Ireland – Bill to legalise abortion services introduced in Dáil

Bill to legalise abortion services introduced in Dáil

Thursday, 4 Oct 2018
By Ailbhe Conneely, RTÉ News Political reporter

The Minister for Health has introduced the Regulation of the Termination of Pregnancy Bill in the Dáil, which seeks to legalise abortion services in Ireland.

Simon Harris said legislators in the national parliament hold a privileged position, especially when acting on the instruction of the people in a referendum.

Continued: https://www.rte.ie/news/politics/2018/1004/1000958-abortion/

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