Ireland: Differences on abortion expose deep divisions in Sinn Féin

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Differences on abortion expose deep divisions in Sinn Féin
Urban-rural divide among party members crystallises in relation to eighth amendment

Sat, Oct 21, 2017
Harry McGee

Thousands of people took part in the March for Choice in Dublin in September, a protest that was filled with banners of all types, but mostly from parties of the declared left.

Solidarity and People Before Profit were prominent. So, too, were the Labour Party, the Greens and the Social Democrats. However, the complete absence of leading Sinn Féin personalities, or, indeed, the party’s banners was striking.

Continued at source: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/differences-on-abortion-expose-deep-divisions-in-sinn-f%C3%A9in-1.3263362

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Ireland ‘would have illegal abortion epidemic without access to UK terminations’

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Ireland 'would have illegal abortion epidemic without access to UK terminations'
The Oireachtas Committee is taking evidence on the Eighth Amendment

October 18 2017

Ireland would have an "epidemic of illegal abortions" and a "massive increase" in maternal mortality" if women were unable to access abortion in the UK, a senior doctor has warned.

Dr Peter Boylan, of the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, said it is well-documented that in countries where abortion is banned, the rate of women dying "remains high".

Continued at source: http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/republic-of-ireland/ireland-would-have-illegal-abortion-epidemic-without-access-to-uk-terminations-36240075.html

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Ireland: Rhona Mahony: Eighth Amendment creates ‘unacceptable clinical risk’

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Rhona Mahony: Eighth Amendment creates ‘unacceptable clinical risk’
Oireachtas committee told the provision ‘makes no clinical sense’ before foetus is viable

Oct 11, 2017
Pat Leahy, Jack Power

Dr Rhona Mahony, master of the National Maternity Hospital, has said the Eighth Amendment “makes no clinical sense” before the foetus is viable.

Dr Mahony told the Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment that it the Constitutional provision “creates unacceptable clinical risk and should be removed”.

“Prior to foetal viability, we do not have the option of delivering a foetus because the foetus cannot survive and if a pregnant mother dies her baby dies too”.

Continued at source: Irish Times: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/rhona-mahony-eighth-amendment-creates-unacceptable-clinical-risk-1.3252250

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Ireland: Restrict ‘keyboard warriors’ in abortion debate

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Restrict ‘keyboard warriors’ in abortion debate

02 October 2017

Reporting restrictions imposed on broadcast stations during referendums should be adopted for the online world due to the “horrible” nature of “keyboard warrior” attacks during the early stages of the pro-choice and pro-life Eighth Amendment campaigns, writes Fiachra O’Cionnaith.

Labour TD Joan Burton and Fianna Fáil health spokesperson Billy Kelleher said Government should consider the move in a bid to limit the potential damage caused by the most extreme elements of both campaigns during the debate on the issue over the coming months.

Continued at source: http://www.beat102103.com/news/restrict-keyboard-warriors-abortion-debate/

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Ireland: Zappone: public would reject full liberalisation of abortion laws

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Zappone: public would reject full liberalisation of abortion laws
Minister for Children says she wants to encourage ‘conversations’ in run-up to referendum

Fri, Sep 29, 2017
Mary Minihan

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone has said she believes the public would not support a referendum proposing the extensive liberalisation of Ireland’s abortion laws recommended by the Citizens’ Assembly.

Her comments come as the Coalition to Repeal the Eighth Amendment said it would oppose any “watering down” of the assembly recommendations, including the recommendation of 64 per cent of its members that termination of pregnancy without restriction should be lawful.

Continued at source: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/zappone-public-would-reject-full-liberalisation-of-abortion-laws-1.3238976

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Ireland: Abortion committee chair says it would be ‘prudent’ to propose referendum that will pass

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Abortion committee chair says it would be ‘prudent’ to propose referendum that will pass
FG ministers believe only more restrictive abortion regime will pass

Sep 28, 2017
Pat Leahy Political Editor

The chairwoman of the all-party committee on the eighth amendment Senator Catherine Noone has said that it would be “prudent” for the Government to propose a wording that can be successful in a referendum.

Ms Noone was speaking following an Irish Times report on Thursday that Fine Gael ministers believe the Citizens Assembly recommendations are unlikely to be passed, either in the Dáil or in a referendum.

Continued at source: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-committee-chair-says-it-would-be-prudent-to-propose-referendum-that-will-pass-1.3237046

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Ireland: Anti-abortion activist works for crisis pregnancy agency

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Anti-abortion activist works for crisis pregnancy agency

Ellen Coyne, Senior Ireland Reporter
September 23 2017

An anti-abortion activist staging a hunger strike outside the Dáil works for an unregulated crisis pregnancy agency, The Times has learnt.

Tim Jackson said he believed that abortions caused breast cancer and made women suicidal. Last week he started a campaign claiming that he would not eat until Leo Varadkar watched a video of an American anti-abortion activist explaining what a second trimester termination is. The taoiseach said he was willing to watch the video.

Continued at source: The Times: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/ireland/anti-abortion-activist-works-for-crisis-pregnancy-agency-0zdg3jk0j

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Ireland: Deep divisions hamper abortion committee

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Deep divisions hamper abortion committee
Monday, June 26, 2017
Alison O’Connor

As Judge Mary Laffoy gets ready to present her report on the Citizens’ Assembly, Alison O’Connor says we are in for a tortuous few months before we get to vote on the issue.

THIS week, Judge Mary Laffoy will deliver her report to the Government on the conclusions of the Citizens’ Assembly on the future of the eighth amendment to the Constitution.

On one level, we are fully aware of what it is the 100 members who made up the Citizens’ Assembly want, because they voted on it, causing ripples of shock throughout the country, back in April.

Continued at source: Irish Examiner: http://www.irishexaminer.com/viewpoints/analysis/deep-divisions-hamper-abortion-committee-453323.html

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Ireland: Fine Gael TDs complete 21-person abortion committee

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Fine Gael TDs complete 21-person abortion committee
Naughton and Fitzpatrick take final slots on body dominated by two biggest parties

Thu, May 25, 2017
Mary Minihan

Fine Gael TDs Hildegarde Naughton and Peter Fitzpatrick will take the final two slots on the 21-person Oireachtas abortion committee.

Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil combined will continue to command a majority on the Joint Committee on the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution, which will consider the recommendations of the Citizens’ Assembly.

Continued at source: Irish Times: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/fine-gael-tds-complete-21-person-abortion-committee-1.3096462

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