Harris requests committee meeting over abortion legislation

Harris requests committee meeting over abortion legislation

Thursday, 18 Oct 2018
By Ailbhe Conneely, RTÉ News Political reporter

The Minister for Health has written to the Oireachtas committee responsible for examining amendments to the abortion legislation, requesting it meet at the earliest convenience.

Committee stage of the Regulation of the Termination of Pregnancy legislation will be overseen by the Health Committee.

Continued: https://www.rte.ie/news/politics/2018/1018/1005114-abortion-legislation-dail/

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How the Yes and No sides won and lost the abortion referendum

How the Yes and No sides won and lost the abortion referendum

Harry McGee: Smiling Savita portraits proclaiming a new reality for Ireland
May 26, 2018

Harry McGee Political Correspondent

In the last few days of the referendum campaign on the Eight Amendment dozens of small posters appeared around Dublin.

The image was of Savita Halappanavar, instantly recognisable from her thick dark hair, wide smile, smiling eyes, and the Bindi dot on the forehead. The message contained one word: Yes. They were striking in their simplicity and directness.

The Savita case (read Kitty Holland’s report from 2012 here) was never too far away from people’s minds during the eight weeks that this extraordinary referendum campaign seeped into Irish public consciousness on doorsteps, in the streets, in the media, or on the airwaves… right up to polling day.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/how-the-yes-and-no-sides-won-and-lost-the-abortion-referendum-1.3509924

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Ireland – Abortion up to 12 weeks needed to deal with ‘exceptional cases’ – Sinn Féin

Abortion up to 12 weeks needed to deal with ‘exceptional cases’ - Sinn Féin
Party wants legislation in place by early autumn if Eighth Amendment is repealed

April 26, 2018
Sarah Bardon

Sinn Féin has called on the Government to ensure legislation to allow for abortion in certain circumstances is introduced by early autumn, if the Eighth Amendment is removed from the Constitution.

The party formally launched its campaign to repeal Article 40.3.3 of the Constitution yesterday and insisted it would canvass in every county for a Yes vote.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-up-to-12-weeks-needed-to-deal-with-exceptional-cases-sinn-f%C3%A9in-1.3475757

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Ireland: TDs who defy SF on abortion ‘will be disciplined’

TDs who defy SF on abortion 'will be disciplined'

Cormac McQuinn
February 12 2018

Sinn Féin TDs who oppose the party's position on abortion face the prospect of disciplinary action, its new leader Mary Lou McDonald has said.

Two of its TDs, Peadar Tóibín and Carol Nolan, are against repealing the Eighth Amendment and legislation that would allow unrestricted abortions 12 weeks into a pregnancy. While Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil are allowing free votes for their TDs, Ms McDonald said Sinn Féin TDs will be expected to comply with the party's position or face disciplinary procedures.

Continued: https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/abortion-referendum/tds-who-defy-sf-on-abortion-will-be-disciplined-36592544.html

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Ireland: Abortion debate cut short for second night as 20-TD quorum not met

Abortion debate cut short for second night as 20-TD quorum not met
Government risks ‘hornet’s nest’ if it does not go with repeal simpliciter option – Paul Murphy

Wed, Jan 24, 2018
Marie O'Halloran

Debate on abortion in the Dáil was cut short for a second night running after it proved impossible to reach a quorum of 20 TDs.

Independent TD Mattie McGrath called the quorum, requiring that a minimum of 20 TDs be in the chamber to allow the debate to continue.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/oireachtas/abortion-debate-cut-short-for-second-night-as-20-td-quorum-not-met-1.3367610

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Ireland: Sinn Féin vote against allowing ‘conscience vote’ on issue of abortion

Latest: Sinn Féin vote against allowing 'conscience vote' on issue of abortion

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Sinn Féin have voted not to allow a 'conscience vote' on the issue of abortion.

Following a passionate, hour-long debate the Sinn Féin Ard Fheis passed a motion backing the repeal of the Eighth Amendment and supporting abortion in cases where pregnancy poses a risk to maternal health, including mental health.

Continued at source: http://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/ireland/latest-sinn-fein-vote-against-allowing-conscience-vote-on-issue-of-abortion-814777.html

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Ireland: Sinn Féin TDs face abortion deadline at ardfheis

Sinn Féin TDs face abortion deadline at ardfheis
SF will adopt a policy on the issue at the event – and members will be expected to toe that line

Nov 16, 2017
Fiach Kelly, Sarah Bardon

Sinn Féin’s political opponents often describe the party as a cult but, on one issue at least, it is just like all other parties: views among members on abortion are divided, from top to bottom.

Unlike Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil, however, Sinn Féin will adopt a policy on abortion at its ardfheis this weekend, and all TDs will have to toe the party line, no matter what they personally believe.

Continued at source: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/sinn-f%C3%A9in-tds-face-abortion-deadline-at-ardfheis-1.3293329

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Ireland: Women’s council appeals to ‘middle ground’ in abortion debate

Women’s council appeals to ‘middle ground’ in abortion debate
Organisation to launch ‘Every Woman’ campaign in support of repealing Eighth Amendment

Mon, Nov 13, 2017
Pat Leahy

The National Women’s Council, the largest representative organisation for women in Ireland, will launch a campaign this week to appeal to the “middle ground” in the abortion debate.

The campaign, called “Every Woman”, will move away from the themes of choice and rights, and focus on women’s needs and the realities of their lives, according to people familiar with it.

continued at source: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/women-s-council-appeals-to-middle-ground-in-abortion-debate-1.3289391

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Ireland: Sinn Féin TDs clash over abortion committee

Sinn Féin TDs clash over abortion committee

Niamh Lyons, Ireland Political Editor
November 13 2017

A Sinn Féin TD has been publicly rebuked by a party colleague for his remarks about the Dáil’s Eighth Amendment committee.

Peadar Tóibín, who has previously called for his party to allow TDs a conscience vote on abortion, yesterday gave a personal view on the issue rather than the agreed stance of Sinn Féin.

Continued at source: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/ireland/sinn-fein-tds-clash-over-abortion-committee-qrrdsrx5p

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Ireland: Sinn Féin to amend its stance on abortion

Sinn Féin to amend its stance on abortion
Party will expand position to include protecting the life and health of the mother

Nov 11, 2017
Sarah Bardon

Sinn Féin is to agree an amended position on abortion at its Ard Comhairle next Saturday, allowing for terminations when a mother’s health is at risk.

The party currently advocates for a repeal of the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution and enacting legislation to allow for abortion in cases of rape, incest and fatal foetal abnormality.

Continued at source: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/sinn-f%C3%A9in-to-amend-its-stance-on-abortion-1.3287524

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