Ireland – Supreme Court clears way for abortion law

Supreme Court clears way for abortion law
Government ‘on track’ to have legislation through in the next parliamentary session

Fri, Sep 7, 2018
Mary Carolan, Pat Leahy

President Michael D Higgins is expected to sign the abortion referendum bill into law next week, deleting the constitutional ban on abortion and paving the way for the government to introduce legislation allowing for abortion to the Dáil in the coming weeks.

The Supreme Court on Friday decided that there were no grounds to hear an appeal of a decision by the Court of Appeal last month which upheld the High Court’s rejection of a challenge to the abortion referendum result.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime-and-law/courts/supreme-court/supreme-court-clears-way-for-abortion-law-1.3621863

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Ireland’s Path to Legalizing Abortion

Ireland’s Path to Legalizing Abortion
At a time when the United States may render it illegal

Shirley Graham
July 5, 2018

On May 25, 2018, I traveled from Washington, D.C., to Dublin to vote in a referendum that would decide whether women in Ireland would have full access to their reproductive healthcare and rights. I was one of the 40,000 diaspora Irish who returned from different corners of the globe (only recent emigres were eligible) to be part of a feminist movement that would make history. When the repeal of the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution was passed the next day with 66 percent voting in favor, the country heaved a collective sigh of relief.

In the lead-up to the referendum, women were forced to share previously untold stories of private ordeals and personal tragedies in order to persuade the Irish population that it could no longer export this problem to the United Kingdom.

Continued: http://prospect.org/article/ireland%E2%80%99s-path-legalizing-abortion

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Ireland – Government not ‘legally able’ to introduce abortion Bill, Harris says

Government not ‘legally able’ to introduce abortion Bill, Harris says
Attorney General says law cannot be considered by Oireachtas until challenges dealt with

June 14, 2018
Sarah Bardon Political Reporter

The Government may not be able to introduce legislation to regulate the termination of pregnancy until the autumn, Minister for Health Simon Harris has said.

Speaking on Thursday, Mr Harris said he had received clear legal advice from Attorney General Séamus Woulfe stating that the law to implement the result on the referendum on the Eighth Amendment cannot be considered by the Oireachtas until all court challenges to the outcome have concluded.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/government-not-legally-able-to-introduce-abortion-bill-harris-says-1.3530823

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Ireland – Drafting of abortion law to proceed despite court challenge

Drafting of abortion law to proceed despite court challenge
Concluding all possible legal avenues by early July will be extremely difficult

June 7, 2018
Pat Leahy

The Department of Health will continue to draft abortion legislation and make preparations for the introduction of abortion services while a court challenge to the result of the referendum proceeds.

The Government still hopes to table legislation in the Dáil before the summer recess, currently scheduled for July 12th or 13th. That would enable the committee stage of the Bill to take place in September before the Dáil returns, meaning that the legislation could be through the Dáil by late September.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/drafting-of-abortion-law-to-proceed-despite-court-challenge-1.3521632

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Ireland – Eighth Amendment challenges ‘will not delay legislation’

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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Miriam Lord: Yes, Yes, Yes. A resounding, emphatic Yes

Miriam Lord: Yes, Yes, Yes. A resounding, emphatic Yes
Suffocating old certainties, unrepresentative lobby groups and celibate clerics swept aside

May 25, 2018
Miriam Lord

Yes, Yes, Yes. A resounding, emphatic Yes. And what a way to say it – the only way to say it: with conviction and clarity. This massive vote to repeal the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution leaves no doubt. The Irish people have taken ownership of their abortion issue. They have taken it out of the hands of unrepresentative lobby groups and celibate clerics and decided how they want to approach it.

On Friday, with steely assurance, a new generation of all the generations faced down the suffocating old certainties and swept them aside. On Friday, May 25th, 2018, they stood up and were not afraid to be counted. Because those days are gone now.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/miriam-lord-yes-yes-yes-a-resounding-emphatic-yes-1.3508854

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