IRELAND – Justice for Ms Y – finally

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IRELAND – Justice for Ms Y – finally

by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion
June 14, 2018

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) of Ireland has acknowledged liability and said it is willing to compensate a young woman known as Ms Y for failing to ensure she was provided with an abortion when she first sought one as a teenager in 2014.

Ms Y sought refugee status in Ireland after she was kidnapped, beaten, and repeatedly raped by the head of a paramilitary organisation in her home country. She discovered she was pregnant shortly after she arrived in Ireland in March 2014, at which time she was at only eight weeks pregnant. The story of how she was mistreated, how her rights and needs were ignored and violated by everyone in the health system who saw her, adding up to a substantial number of people over a period of almost three months, is a shameful tale.

Continued: http://www.safeabortionwomensright.org/ireland-justice-for-ms-y-finally/

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Ireland – HSE willing to compensate refugee rape victim Ms Y over denied abortion

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HSE willing to compensate refugee rape victim Ms Y over denied abortion

Mark Tighe
June 10 2018

The HSE has admitted liability and said it is willing to compensate a woman known as Ms Y for failing to provide her with an abortion when she first sought one.

Ms Y, a refugee who sought an abortion in Ireland after she was raped in her home country, is suing the state and two private counselling groups over her treatment after she requested, but was refused, an abortion.

Continued: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/ireland/hse-willing-to-compensate-refugee-rape-victim-ms-y-over-denied-abortion-hn2lcpsm5

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Time for change: Anne Enright on Ireland’s abortion referendum

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Time for change: Anne Enright on Ireland's abortion referendum

In the coming weeks, voters in Ireland will have the chance to repeal the eighth amendment, which recognises the equal rights to life of a foetus and the mother during pregnancy. We must send a message to the world, the author declares

Anne Enright
Sat 24 Mar 2018

Recently I spoke to a reasonable, sane Irish woman who said that she was against abortion and because she was so reasonable and sane, I was curious what she meant by that. Was she against the morning after pill? Certainly not. What about chemical abortifacients? They did not really worry her too much. So, what about terminations before 12 or 13 weeks, the time when woman are often given the all clear to confirm their pregnancy to family and friends? This woman was not, all things considered, against terminations during this window, when pregnancy is not considered medically certain. She was also, just to make clear, in favour of abortion in cases of fatal foetal abnormality, rape and incest. In 1983 this woman might have voted “against abortion”, despite the fact that she is not against abortion, especially if it happens during those weeks when the natural loss of an embryo is called miscarriage. She just found abortion, in general, hard to vote “for”.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/mar/24/ann-enright-on-irelands-abortion-referendum

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Ireland’s abortion referendum: why it’s morally right to repeal the 8th amendment

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Ireland’s abortion referendum: why it’s morally right to repeal the 8th amendment
February 1, 2018
PA/Tom Honan

Ireland is to hold a landmark referendum that could finally see its abortion laws clarified and relaxed.

The referendum will ask Irish citizens if the wish to repeal the 8th amendment to the Irish Constitution. Given how much suffering has been caused by the restrictive law, it’s ethically right to vote to repeal the 8th amendment, even if you’re morally opposed to abortion.

While abortion was already illegal, the 8th amendment created constitutional protection for a foetal right to life:

Continued: https://theconversation.com/irelands-abortion-referendum-why-its-morally-right-to-repeal-the-8th-amendment-91108

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