Anti-abortion activist told he risks prison if site is not taken down
February 16 2019
An anti-abortion activist has been warned he could end up in jail if he does not comply with a court order to take down a website with a similar name to the HSE's 'My Options' unplanned pregnancy advice service.
The HSE secured the High Court order against Eamonn Murphy after alleging his website was misleading members of the public into thinking it provided objective counselling and information services.
Anti-abortion activist faces legal action over new website
February 11 2019
An anti-abortion activist is facing a legal challenge from a British abortion provider after he set up a website using a similar name.
Eamonn Murphy, who runs an unregulated Dublin crisis pregnancy agency which has given out misleading advice, had already been sent a cease and desist letter by the HSE after setting up a website under the same name as the official My Options crisis pregnancy phone line.
Fake abortion website faces legal action
February 7 2019
Legal proceedings have been issued against the operator of a bogus website which is posing as the official HSE information service for women with unplanned pregnancies.
MyOptions.ie, which offers free support and gives details on how to access abortion services, was started by the HSE on January 1 when the new law on terminations came into effect. Soon after, anti-abortion campaigners set up a website using a similar name.
Fewer than half of GPs let their names be given to women using abortion helpline
February 5 2019
Just 126 of the 253 GPs who have so far signed up to provide medical abortions are allowing their names to be released to women who ring up the 'My Options' freephone information line.
If a GP allows their name to be released as part of the information line directory it means that women inquiring about abortion may be able to choose who is the most convenient to attend.
Irish Government Investigating Alleged Leak of Abortion Patient’s Information: Report
Feb 4, 2019
Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner and public health services agency are reportedly investigating how the private data of a patient who had an abortion may have landed in the hands of a harasser.
In an anonymous Facebook post, a woman from Ireland said that after she had a medical abortion and an internal scan at the National Maternity Hospital in Dublin, someone left her a suspicious voicemail telling her to schedule another scan. The individual who left the message knew both her name and her address, and later sent a text message with directions to their office, according to the woman’s posts. But Irish news site the Journal reports that the caller did not actually work for the hospital, and it is not known how they allegedly obtained her private information.
‘Pro-life’ activists naming abortion doctors online
January 11 2019
Dozens of doctors who have agreed to provide legal abortion services have had their names and addresses published online by anti-abortion activists.
The Times understands that people pretending to need “crisis pregnancy” advice have been using an HSE helpline to collect the names of GPs who will provide termination services. More than 40 doctors in 19 counties have had their names and addresses shared on social media.
No abortion service being provided in four counties
Not a single GP in Sligo, Leitrim, Carlow and Offaly signs up to the new service
Sat, Jan 5, 2019
No abortions are being provided in Sligo, Leitrim, Carlow and Offaly because not a single GP in the four counties has signed up to the new service.
At the end of the first week since abortion became legal, the number of GPs who have agreed to perform medical abortions has risen to 200, from 187 on Wednesday.
'What if someone is 11 weeks now?': Concerns that HSE's abortion helpline fails to provide for deaf people
The HSE says it is working to make the phone line accessible “as soon as possible”.
Jan 5, 2019
DISABILITY CAMPAIGNERS HAVE raised concerns about the HSE’s My Options crisis pregnancy hotline not being accessible to people who are deaf or hard-of-hearing.
Following last year’s vote in favour of liberalising Ireland’s abortion laws, terminations became available at hospitals, family planning services and GPs on New Year’s Day.
Call for immediate exclusion zones after anti-abortion picket
HSE warns websites are claiming to offer services using variation of official MyOptions site
Jan 4, 2019
Vivienne Clarke, Paul Cullen
Veteran abortion services campaigner Ailbhe Smyth has called on the Minister for Health Simon Harris to introduce legislation immediately for exclusion zones around medical practices offering terminations.
Ms Smyth’s call, on Newstalk’s Breakfast programme, comes after an anti-abortion group protested outside a Galway GP practice on Thursday, just three days after termination services became legal in the State.
Activists protest against Ireland's new abortion services
Pro-choice groups condemn picket of clinic as health service warns of fake websites
Rory Carroll, Ireland correspondent
Fri 4 Jan 2019
Anti-abortion activists have struck back against Ireland’s introduction of abortion services by picketing a clinic and by launching potentially misleading websites that mimic the state’s support service for unplanned pregnancies.
A group holding placards protested outside a doctor’s office in Galway on Thursday in an effort to deter women from seeking abortion pills just three days after abortion services became legal.