Abortion law change: Is Northern Ireland really next?
Pro-choice activists in the North hope a string of court cases will advance their cause
Sat, Jan 12, 2019
On the 29th of this month, Sarah Ewart will appear before the High court in Belfast to present her case that women in Northern Ireland should have access to rights enjoyed by women in all other parts of the United Kingdom.
Ewart is bracing herself – this appearance, while demanding, will be infinitely less agonising than other ordeals she has been through. Five years ago, aged 23, the Belfast woman travelled to an abortion clinic in England to terminate a much wanted pregnancy that was otherwise going to end with the birth of a baby with a foetal abnormality.
Irish Family Planning Association to provide abortion services from January 7th
Referral pathway must be finalised by HSE before service can begin, says medical director
Dec 21, 2018
The Irish Family Planning Association (IFPA) is to start providing abortion services from January 7th – but only if the proper supports are in place.
Having completed its preparations for providing abortions, the IFPA intends to begin the service at its clinics in Dublin city centre and Tallaght next month “as long as the key elements of HSE services are finalised”.
Nurses campaign to opt out of abortion provision
Wednesday, November 28, 2018
By Evelyn Ring
A group of nurses and midwives has joined GPs in declaring they do not want to participate in providing abortion services. The group, Nurses & Midwives4Life Ireland, says if a woman opts for a surgical termination, they will be asked to provide the pre-operative care, to which they object.
Last month, hundreds of anti-abortion GPs voiced their concerns about the new laws and asked Health Minister Simon Harris not to rush legislation through.
Clinics ‘shunned’ over abortion legislation meetings
Ellen Coyne, Senior Ireland Reporter
September 27 2018
Non-profit women’s health clinics have expressed frustration amid claims that they have been left out of plans to provide access to abortion in Ireland.
The Irish Family Planning Association (IFPA) and the Well Woman Centre have indicated that they have the expertise to provide abortions at up to nine weeks’ gestation. They have not been included, however, in meetings between the Department of Health and medical experts preparing for the legalisation of abortion next January.
Plan to draw up clinical guidelines to introduce abortion services
GP bodies and medical groups will be involved in consultation process, says Minister
May 29, 2018
Moves to draw up clinical guidelines for the introduction of abortion services will begin on Tuesday through a consultation process with GP bodies and medical organisations, Minister for Health Simon Harris has confirmed.
In tandem with this, Mr Harris said he wanted to make sure “medication that up to now has been illegal in Ireland can be now used in a safe, regulated and legal manner”.
What is the situation with abortion in Ireland?
Orders for pills to end pregNancy rise as number going to UK for terminations drops
Fri, Dec 15, 2017
Current abortion regime in Ireland
Abortion is currently illegal in Ireland except in situations where a pregnancy poses a threat to the life of the mother, including suicidal ideation.
Of the 25 legal terminations performed in Ireland last year, only one was on the basis of suicidality. Just seven terminations were carried out between 2014 and 2016 under the grounds of suicidal ideation as included in the 2013 Act.
Continued at source: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/six-cabinet-ministers-say-they-are-in-favour-of-abortion-proposals-1.3329191
Handmaid’s Tales at abortion committee
November 19 2017
Forget science fiction — the eighth amendment debates are truly dystopian
Tammy Wynette was right — sometimes it’s hard to be a woman. Ever more so, these days, when 21 parliamentarians gather in Leinster House each Wednesday to discuss abortion. It’s a topic guaranteed to elicit deeply held grievances, frustration, feelings of victimhood, accusations of prejudice and spittle-licking outrage at perceived injustices, and it does — from men.
Women are in a majority of one on the joint committee on the eighth amendment to the constitution. When its work is done, all of them ought to be awarded a medal, regardless of their personal views on abortion, for their sheer endurance and dignity. For to sit in that room with a womb — or the memory of having had one — is to be subjected to a sort of medieval torture.
Continued at source: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/ireland/handmaids-tales-at-abortion-committee-f5fsw3rgq
Ireland to hold referendum on abortion laws next year
Women convicted of having an illegal termination in Ireland currently face up to 14 years in prison.
Tuesday 26 September 2017
By Bethan Staton, News Reporter
Ireland is to hold a referendum on whether to scrap its ban on abortion, Prime Minister Leo Varadkar has announced.
The vote will take place in May or June next year, shortly before a visit from Pope Francis.
Abortion is currently illegal in the Republic of Ireland, except in cases where the mother's life is in danger.
Continued at source: Sky News: http://news.sky.com/story/ireland-to-hold-referendum-on-abortion-laws-next-year-11054540
'Our reproductive health laws have come to the attention of the UN Torture Committee'
Ireland’s abortion laws are cruel, inhuman, degrading and discriminatory, writes Niall Behan.
Aug 4, 2017
Niall Behan CEO, Irish Family Planning Association
WHEN THE INTERNATIONAL experts on the United Nations Convention Against Torture reviewed Ireland last week, one of their principal areas of concern was reproductive coercion.
Felice Gaer, the Committee’s Vice-Chair and its longest serving member, grilled the state delegation about Article 40.3.3 of the Constitution—the Eighth Amendment—and the ways in which a woman’s right to informed consent and bodily autonomy during pregnancy and childbirth are affected by this provision.
And she had many questions about what she termed “this serious, difficult subject in Ireland of abortion”.
Continued at link: The Journal: http://www.thejournal.ie/readme/our-reproductive-health-laws-have-come-to-the-attention-of-the-un-torture-committee-3526954-Aug2017/
Citizens’ Assembly backs abortion rights in wide range of circumstances
Two-thirds (64%) of participants support no restrictions on abortion under term limits
Sun, Apr 23, 2017
Members of the Citizens’ Assembly have recommended that abortion should be permitted in the State in a wide range of circumstances.
A majority of the 92 members voted to allow for abortion in all 13 circumstances considered by the body at its final meeting on Sunday.
Continued at source: Irish Times: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/citizens-assembly-backs-abortion-rights-in-wide-range-of-circumstances-1.3058170