Abortion, Newly Legal in Ireland, Faces Old Roadblocks

Abortion, Newly Legal in Ireland, Faces Old Roadblocks

By Ceylan Yeginsu
Jan. 28, 2019

DUBLIN — The abortion clinic’s website pops up at the top of a Google search for “free ultrasound,” its content and color scheme mimicking the government’s new support service for unplanned pregnancy.

“Looking for abortion advice?” “How far along am I?” The bright orange speech bubbles attached to stock images of smiling medical experts purport to inform women about abortion options that became legally available in Ireland on Jan. 1.

Continued: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/28/world/europe/ireland-abortion.html

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Ireland – Opinion: ‘The debate on abortion isn’t over and don’t expect that it ever will be’

Opinion: 'The debate on abortion isn't over and don't expect that it ever will be'
The experience in the US shows that the divisive abortion debate will continue, writes Larry Donnelly.

Thu Jan 17, 2019
Larry Donnelly Law lecturer, NUI Galway

SOME READERS MIGHT be hoping for a break from this divisive debate, now that the legislation has been introduced and abortion services are being rolled out across Ireland for the first time.

Of course, that follows last May’s referendum in which the Irish people overwhelmingly opted to repeal the Eighth Amendment and, tacitly in so doing, to approve mooted legislation permitting abortion for the first 12 weeks of a person’s pregnancy.

Continued: https://www.thejournal.ie/readme/opinion-the-debate-on-abortion-is-not-over-nor-will-it-ever-be-4439441-Jan2019/

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Ireland – Abortion law change to make doctors report woman’s marital status sought

Abortion law change to make doctors report woman’s marital status sought
Amendments to record patient’s previous terminations and ethnicity proposed by anti-abortion TDs

Tue, Dec 4, 2018
Jennifer Bray

A number of anti-abortion TDs have proposed new changes to the abortion legislation which would require a doctor to report whether a woman had any previous abortions, what age and ethnicity she is and whether she is married.

If a medical practitioner does not do this, they could be fined or jailed for up to five years.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-law-change-to-make-doctors-report-woman-s-marital-status-sought-1.3719749

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Ireland – Abortion: These were the amendments passed by TDs this week

Abortion: These were the amendments passed by TDs this week

Sat Dec 1, 2018

AFTER 15 HOURS of debate this week, the abortion legislation is yet to pass Report Stage in the Dáil.

It is likely the landmark bill to regulate abortion services in Ireland will pass in the Dáil at the earliest next week.

Continued: https://www.thejournal.ie/abortion-legislation-dail-4366901-Dec2018/

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Ireland – Simon Harris clashes with anti-abortion TD during Dáil debate

Simon Harris clashes with anti-abortion TD during Dáil debate
‘Why do women in crisis have to come last? They have come last in this country for far too long’

Nov 27, 2018
Jennifer Bray

Minister for Health Simon Harris has criticised attempts to change the proposed abortion law so that taxpayers’ money would not be used to enable a woman to have access to abortion services.

Independent TD Carol Nolan, formerly of Sinn Féin, sought to introduce the new provision to the proposed abortion legislation saying that “free abortions will mean more abortions”.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/simon-harris-clashes-with-anti-abortion-td-during-d%C3%A1il-debate-1.3712674

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Ireland – Abortion Bill to attract resubmitted amendments by TDs

Abortion Bill to attract resubmitted amendments by TDs
Both sides to continue with efforts to modify legislation at report stage later in November

Nov 11, 2018
Pat Leahy

Both anti-abortion and pro-choice TDs will continue their attempts to amend the abortion legislation when it returns to the Dáil for report stage later this month.

The Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy Bill, which will legalise abortion following the referendum on the constitutional amendment in May, passed its committee stage this week after three days of sometimes fractious hearings.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-bill-to-attract-resubmitted-amendments-by-tds-1.3694265

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Ireland – 200 amendments but only one is passed as abortion debate rages on

200 amendments but only one is passed as abortion debate rages on

Ellen Coyne, Senior Ireland Reporter
November 9 2018

After three days of intense debate that was often impassioned and deeply personal, only one of 180 amendments to the abortion bill was accepted.

Simon Harris, the health minister, added a clause that will mean the bill legalising terminations will be reviewed after five years. However, that will be shortened to three years at a later stage. The legislation was being examined by a select health committee.

Continued: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/200-amendments-but-only-one-is-passed-as-abortion-debate-rages-on-crvnpf8jr

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Ireland – Committee finishes considering abortion legislation

Committee finishes considering abortion legislation

Thursday, 8 Nov 2018
By Ailbhe Conneely, RTÉ News Political reporter

Consideration of the Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy Bill at Committee Stage has ended tonight following three days of examination.

The Select Oireachtas Committee on Health spent three days discussing 180 amendments to the legislation.

The Minister for Health did not accept any changes to the legislation.

Continued: https://www.rte.ie/news/politics/2018/1108/1009600-abortion-legislation-committee/

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Anti-abortion TDs fail in ‘grotesque’ attempt to force burials

Anti-abortion TDs fail in ‘grotesque’ attempt to force burials

Ellen Coyne, Senior Ireland Reporter
November 8 2018

Up to ten anti-abortion TDs have failed in an attempt to make access to terminations more restrictive after their proposals were dismissed as “grotesque” and offensive to women.

A health committee will today finish examining a new bill to allow legal access to abortion for the first time in Ireland. Yesterday, TDs on the committee overwhelmingly voted against measures designed to make terminations harder to access.

Continued: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/anti-abortion-tds-fail-in-grotesque-attempt-to-force-burials-p7fls8bx0

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Ireland – Heated exchanges as TDs consider changes to abortion legislation

Heated exchanges as TDs consider changes to abortion legislation
Harris says law will not allow women to seek terminations on basis of sex, race, disability

Wed, Nov 7, 2018
Sarah Burns

There were heated exchanges as TDs debated proposed changes to the State’s abortion legislation on Wednesday but Minister for Health Simon Harris has not yet accepted any of the 145 amendments considered.

The Oireachtas Health Committee concluded its second day of debate on the 180 proposed amendments to the Health (Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy) Bill 2018.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/heated-exchanges-as-tds-consider-changes-to-abortion-legislation-1.3689608

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