Ireland – Poll shows strong support in favour of abortion referendum – but ’12 week’ proposal splits public

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Poll shows strong support in favour of abortion referendum - but '12 week' proposal splits public

Philip Ryan
February 18 2018

There is strong support in favour of a referendum to repeal the Eighth Amendment, according to a poll.

The Kantar Millward Brown poll, in today's Sunday Independent, finds a strong support in favour of a referendum to repeal the Eighth Amendment, with 63pc in favour.

Continued: https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/politics/poll-shows-strong-support-in-favour-of-abortion-referendum-but-12-week-proposal-splits-public-36615455.html

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Ireland’s opposition leader wants to liberalise abortion law

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Ireland's opposition leader wants to liberalise abortion law
Micheál Martin stuns sections of Fianna Fáil party by changing his mind over the contentious issue

Henry McDonald Ireland correspondent
Sun 11 Feb 2018

Ireland’s opposition leader has revealed he changed his mind in favour of liberalising the Republic’s strict anti-abortion laws after meeting women forced to travel to Britain to end their pregnancies after learning they had no hope their babies would be born alive.

Micheál Martin has stunned conservative sections of his Fianna Fáil party by backing the repeal of the eighth amendment to the Irish Republic’s constitution, which prohibits abortion, in a nationwide referendum in May.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/feb/11/micheal-martin-ireland-opposition-leader-wants-to-liberalise-abortion-law

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From Linda Kavanagh to Tracy Harkin: A guide to who’s who in Ireland’s divisive abortion debate

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From Linda Kavanagh to Tracy Harkin: A guide to who's who in Ireland's divisive abortion debate
With Ireland's landmark referendum on the Eighth Amendment looming, voices on both sides of the abortion debate are getting ­ louder. But who exactly is lining out?

John Meagher
February 4 2018

It has been a momentous week for campaigners on both sides of the great abortion debate as it was finally confirmed that a referendum would be held this summer. Friday, May 25, is thought to be the most likely day for the referendum, one that pro-choice supporters hope will forever lift the ban on abortion.

But despite a series of opinion polls that indicate that the majority of the country wants change, the pro-life side believes a large cohort of people opposed to abortion have not had their voices heard.

Continued: https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/abortion-referendum/from-linda-kavanagh-to-tracy-harkin-a-guide-to-whos-who-in-irelands-divisive-abortion-debate-36558195.html

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Ireland: Tánaiste ‘united with the Cabinet’ on abortion referendum

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Tánaiste ‘united with the Cabinet’ on abortion referendum
Coveney says referendum is once in a generation chance and a ‘no result will mean nothing can change’

Sun, Feb 4, 2018
Marie O'Halloran

Tánaiste Simon Coveney has insisted he is united with the Cabinet and will campaign for a Yes vote to repeal and replace the Eighth Amendment on abortion. He said the referendum is a once in a generation chance and a “no result will mean nothing can change”.

Mr Coveney was responding following a challenge from Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin who said that if there was an alternative to the Oireachtas committee’s recommendation “there’s an obligation to publish that alternative, to formulate it precisely and clearly so that there would be clarity about what people are saying”.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/t%C3%A1naiste-united-with-the-cabinet-on-abortion-referendum-1.3379720

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Ireland: TDs are evenly split on 12-weeks abortion proposal

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TDs are evenly split on 12-weeks abortion proposal
‘Irish Times’ survey raises doubt over whether such legislation would pass in Dáil

Feb 3, 2018
Pat Leahy

TDs are deeply divided on the proposal to introduce abortion on request up to 12 weeks, an Irish Times survey has found, and there is significant doubt over whether proposed abortion legislation would command a majority in the Dáil.

The Government has said it will introduce legislation to give effect of the findings of the Oireachtas Committee on abortion if the forthcoming referendum to abolish the Eighth Amendment, which bans abortion is almost all circumstances, is passed.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/tds-are-evenly-split-on-12-weeks-abortion-proposal-1.3378189

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Ireland’s abortion referendum is finally happening – but the campaign will be ugly

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Ireland’s abortion referendum is finally happening – but the campaign will be ugly
The anti-abortion side has hired a digital campaigns company that previously worked for Donald Trump.

By Niamh Ní Mhaoileoin
30 January 2018

This summer, after 35 years, Ireland will finally hold a “yes-no” vote on repealing the eighth amendment to its constitution, which prohibits abortion in almost all circumstances.

That the referendum is happening at all is a huge victory for feminist campaigners, who have spent decades battling cowardice and apathy on the part of government. What’s more, the campaign to repeal will have the support of both Leo Varadkar and Micheál Martin – the leaders of Ireland’s infamously conservative major parties – and of the entire cabinet. Even five years ago, this situation would have seemed impossible.

Continued: https://www.newstatesman.com/politics/feminism/2018/01/ireland-s-abortion-referendum-finally-happening-campaign-will-be-ugly

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At last, an abortion referendum. Women’s protest has won over Irish politicians

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At last, an abortion referendum. Women’s protest has won over Irish politicians

Emer O'Toole
Tue 30 Jan 2018

Leo Varadkar and Micheál Martin have shifted from anti-abortion stances. If we can convince them, we can convince our families and friends

On Monday night, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar confirmed that Ireland will hold a referendum on abortion in late May. The electorate will be asked if they want to repeal or retain the eighth amendment to the constitution, which effectively bans terminations. In the case of repeal, people will also be asked to approve an addition to the constitution allowing the Oireachtas, the Irish legislature, to legislate for abortion. The government will draft legislation for unrestricted access to terminations up to 12 weeks, but this will only be voted on if the referendum passes.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jan/30/abortion-referendum-ireland-women-protest-politicians-leo-varadkar-micheal-martin-repeal-mov?wpmm=1&wpisrc=nl_todayworld

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‘There is an openness’ – Fianna Fáil in flux on abortion

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‘There is an openness’ – Fianna Fáil in flux on abortion
Support for repeal is 50/50 but the real split is over the proposed 12-week window

Jan 27, 2018
Harry McGee

Moral conservatism has always seemed intrinsic to Fianna Fáíl. It’s not just 1983 and the Eighth Amendment. It’s all the other referendums since then. It’s the way Micheál Martin was rebuffed, only four years ago, by his own parliamentarians during the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill. It was the 70 per cent who voted to retain the Eighth Amendment in a debate on the margins of its ardfheis last autumn.

Though a liberal wing has emerged among its TDs and senators in recent years, the image has persisted for 35 years. That partly explains the volcanic reaction among colleagues to Martin’s volte-face on the Eighth Amendment last week.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/us/there-is-an-openness-fianna-f%C3%A1il-in-flux-on-abortion-1.3369765

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Leo Varadkar says he will campaign to liberalise Ireland’s abortion laws

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Leo Varadkar says he will campaign to liberalise Ireland's abortion laws
Speaking to BBC Radio 4, Varadkar said he was in favour of changing Ireland’s abortion laws.

Jan 27, 2018

AN TAOISEACH LEO Varadkar has said that he will campaign to liberalise Ireland’s abortion laws.

In an interview with the BBC, Varadkar said he was in favour of changing Ireland’s abortion laws.

Continued: http://www.thejournal.ie/varadkar-abortion-3819870-Jan2018/

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Fianna Fail leader defends abortion U-turn as he attends Hume book launch

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Fianna Fail leader defends abortion U-turn as he attends Hume book launch

By Allan Preston
January 26 2018

Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin has defended his apparent U-turn on abortion, saying the testimony of "harrowing trauma" experienced by some Irish women changed his mind.

Mr Martin was in Belfast yesterday to attend the launch of a new book about the former SDLP leader John Hume's time in America. Also in attendance at the event was the SDLP's former Deputy First Minister Seamus Mallon.

Continued: https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/fianna-fail-leader-defends-abortion-uturn-as-he-attends-hume-book-launch-36532740.html

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