Ireland – ‘My circumstances were the same as Savita Halappanavar’s’

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‘My circumstances were the same as Savita Halappanavar’s’
I had symptoms of septicaemia but was refused care, as my baby still had a heartbeat

May 16, 2018
Anonymous

In the run-up to the referendum on whether to retain or repeal the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution, on May 25th, The Irish Times has asked readers to share their personal experiences of abortion, which the amendment bans in almost all circumstances. This is one of the accounts we received. To submit yours, click here.

In January 2014 my husband and I sat waiting in the departure lounge to board our flight to Liverpool at 7am. I was extremely unwell; I had pains going down the entire left side of my body and across my stomach.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/my-circumstances-were-the-same-as-savita-halappanavar-s-1.3492038

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Fact Check: Is repeal necessary for abortions in fatal foetal cases?

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Fact Check: Is repeal necessary for abortions in fatal foetal cases?
Together for Yes claims Constitutional change needed for FFA abortion law

May 9, 2018
Sarah Bardon Political Reporter

Question:
Is removing the Eighth Amendment necessary before legislation can be introduced to allow abortions in cases of fatal foetal abnormality (FFA)?
Who is making the claim?

The claim is made by the Together for Yes campaign group, which is advocating for a Yes vote in the forthcoming referendum.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/fact-check-is-repeal-necessary-for-abortions-in-fatal-foetal-cases-1.3489530

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Ireland – Men ‘must not be complacent’ about referendum vote

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Men ‘must not be complacent’ about referendum vote
Current legislation is forcing lower-paid women into backstreet abortions, unions’ event is told

Tue, May 1, 2018
Sorcha Pollak

Male voters have an important role to play in the abortion referendum and must not be complacent about the importance of their vote on May 25th, trade unions have heard.

Representatives from Irish trade unions gathered in Dublin on Tuesday to mark the 2018 May Day celebrations by releasing a special edition newspaper calling on all members to vote Yes in the referendum on abortion.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/men-must-not-be-complacent-about-referendum-vote-1.3480330

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Ireland’s abortion debates through the years

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Ireland's abortion debates through the years

Friday, 27 Apr 2018
By David McCullagh

With four weeks to go until Ireland votes on the referendum on the Eighth Amendment on Friday 25 May, David McCullagh looks back on the contentious debates over Ireland's abortion legislation.

1861
Offences Against the Person Act makes it an offence unlawfully to administer poison or to use an instrument on any woman with intent to procure her miscarriage.

1967
British Abortion Act is passed legalising abortion up to 28 weeks’ gestation.

Continued: https://www.rte.ie/news/ireland/2018/0424/956963-abortion-timeline/

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Ireland – Heart failure patient unable to get abortion as life ‘not at immediate risk’

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Heart failure patient unable to get abortion as life ‘not at immediate risk’
Woman with one lung and congenital cardiac condition unable to obtain termination

April 26, 2018
Kitty Holland

A Co Wexford woman who believed her pregnancy could kill her due to her existing health conditions was unable to have a termination after doctors judged her life was not at immediate risk.

Claire Malone (30), a widowed mother of two young children, became unexpectedly pregnant last summer.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/heart-failure-patient-unable-to-get-abortion-as-life-not-at-immediate-risk-1.3475728

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Repeal of the Eighth ‘will constitute consent’ for liberal abortion regime

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Repeal of the Eighth ‘will constitute consent’ for liberal abortion regime
Save the 8th tells ‘Irish Times’ podcast most voters unaware of Yes vote implications

April 18, 2018
Sarah Bardon

Repealing the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution will constitute consent for Ireland to have a “liberal abortion regime”, the Save the 8th campaign has said.

Speaking on The Irish Times’s Inside Politics podcast, the campaign’s communications director, John McGuirk, said many people were unaware of the implications of a vote for repeal. Most voters believed they were supporting legislation allowing for abortions in cases of rape, incest and fatal foetal abnormalities, not terminations of “healthy babies of healthy mothers up to 12 weeks and beyond”, he claimed.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/repeal-of-the-eighth-will-constitute-consent-for-liberal-abortion-regime-1.3466187

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Ireland – Government may not be able ‘to pass abortion legislation’

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Government may not be able ‘to pass abortion legislation’
Simon Harris says any reforms after Eighth Amendment vote could be disrupted by an election

April 1, 2018
Sarah Bardon

Minister for Health Simon Harris has said he cannot guarantee that legislation allowing for abortion would be passed by the current Government in the event the Eighth Amendment is repealed.

A referendum on repealing Article 40.3.3, also known as the Eighth Amendment, is to take place on May 25th. The Amendment gives an equal right to life to the mother and the unborn.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/government-may-not-be-able-to-pass-abortion-legislation-1.3447461

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Ireland – Six things to know about the abortion Bill

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Six things to know about the abortion Bill
Main provisions of the General Scheme of a Bill to Regulate Termination of Pregnancy

Tue, Mar 27, 2018

Minister for Health Simon Harris outlined in the Seanad some of the main provisions of the General Scheme of a Bill to Regulate the Termination of Pregnancy, if the referendum on whether to repeal the Eighth Amendment goes ahead and is passed:

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/oireachtas/six-things-to-know-about-the-abortion-bill-1.3442528

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Ireland – Two doctors to determine risk to health or life under abortion laws

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Two doctors to determine risk to health or life under abortion laws
Policy document on abortion to be published alongside referendum Bill this week

March 6, 2018
Sarah Bardon

Two doctors will be asked to determine whether a woman’s life, health or mental health is at risk before an abortion can be provided, under plans being considered by the Government.

The Department of Health is due to publish a policy paper this week outlining what legislation will replace the Eighth Amendment, in the event it is repealed from the Constitution.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/two-doctors-to-determine-risk-to-health-or-life-under-abortion-laws-1.3415935

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Ireland: Medical professionals will be able to object to providing terminations

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Medical professionals will be able to object to providing terminations
GPs, obstetricians and gynaecologists will be allowed to conscientiously object

Feb 7, 2018
Sarah Bardon

Medical professionals will be able to object to the administration of terminations under Government proposals.

Minister for Health Simon Harris has confirmed he will allow for GPs, obstetricians and gynaecologists to conscientiously object to providing terminations in medical settings. The Government is seeking to introduce legislation to allow for abortions up to 12 weeks and believes this should be a service led by GPs.

However those representing GPs are critical of the lack of engagement by Mr Harris on the proposed legislation.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/medical-professionals-will-be-able-to-object-to-providing-terminations-1.3382792

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