Ireland – Abortion: the need to engage and explain

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Abortion: the need to engage and explain
Recent developments have underlined the scale of the task facing the repeal side

Feb 20, 2018

Three weeks have passed since Taoiseach Leo Varadkar fired the starting gun for the abortion referendum campaign after a late-night Government meeting to formally sign off on the plan. That important step, coming as it did 10 days after a surprise announcement by Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin that he would vote to remove the constitutional ban on abortion, energised pro-choice supporters and injected momentum into their campaign.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/editorial/abortion-the-need-to-engage-and-explain-1.3397802

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Ireland – Poll shows strong support in favour of abortion referendum – but ’12 week’ proposal splits public

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Poll shows strong support in favour of abortion referendum - but '12 week' proposal splits public

Philip Ryan
February 18 2018

There is strong support in favour of a referendum to repeal the Eighth Amendment, according to a poll.

The Kantar Millward Brown poll, in today's Sunday Independent, finds a strong support in favour of a referendum to repeal the Eighth Amendment, with 63pc in favour.

Continued: https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/politics/poll-shows-strong-support-in-favour-of-abortion-referendum-but-12-week-proposal-splits-public-36615455.html

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Ireland: Minister declares position on abortion with veiled swipe on Tánaiste’s stance

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Minister declares position on abortion with veiled swipe on Tánaiste's stance

Cormac McQuinn
February 15 2018

Jim Daly has become the latest minister to back a repeal of the Eighth Amendment and the proposal for unrestricted abortions up to 12 weeks into a pregnancy.

The Junior Health minister also appears to take a swipe at Tánaiste Simon Coveney for his stance on abortion.

Mr Coveney supports repeal but not the 12 weeks proposal and is in favour of allowing terminations in cases of rape or where the mother's life is at risk.

Continued: https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/politics/minister-declares-position-on-abortion-with-veiled-swipe-on-tnaistes-stance-36607147.html

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Youth on both sides mobilise ahead of Irish abortion referendum

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Youth on both sides mobilise ahead of Irish abortion referendum

Text by Catherine BENNETT
Latest update : 2018-02-13

As Ireland prepares to hold a May referendum on the Irish constitution’s anti-abortion amendment, the youth vote is front and centre of the debate – and young activists on both sides are gearing up for a fight.

A previous national referendum in 1983 approved the Irish constitution’s Eighth Amendment, which recognised an unborn child’s right to life. Women who have an abortion in Ireland can face up to 14 years in prison – leading thousands of women each year to seek to terminate their pregnancies in England and Wales.

Continued: http://www.france24.com/en/20180212-youth-both-sides-mobilise-ireland-abortion-referendum-eighth-amendment

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Ireland: No conscience vote for Sinn Féin TDs on abortion, says McDonald

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No conscience vote for Sinn Féin TDs on abortion, says McDonald
New leader’s own views on abortion are in conflict with current party policy on the issue

Feb 11, 2018
Pat Leahy

Sinn Féin TDs will not be allowed a conscience vote on abortion and anyone who deviates from the party line will be disciplined, the party’s new leader Mary Lou McDonald has said.

“It’s a matter of private conscience but it’s also a matter of public policy,” Ms McDonald told RTÉ’s The Week in Politics on Sunday.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/no-conscience-vote-for-sinn-f%C3%A9in-tds-on-abortion-says-mcdonald-1.3388356

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Meet the Irish expats pledging to return for abortion referendum in #HomeToVote campaign

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Meet the Irish expats pledging to return for abortion referendum in #HomeToVote campaign
Irish emigrants have pledged to return home to vote in favour of ending the country’s near-total ban on abortion.

By Alice Cuddy
Feb 8, 2018

Irish people living around the world have pledged to return home to vote in favour of ending the country’s near-total ban on abortion in a historic referendum in May.

Irish living as far away as the US and Qatar took to social media on Wednesday to share their plans under the hashtag #HomeToVote, a campaign launched by the London-Irish Abortion Rights Campaign.

Continued: http://www.euronews.com/2018/02/08/meet-the-irish-expats-pledging-to-return-for-abortion-referendum-in-hometovote-campaign

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Ireland’s referendum on its abortion ban

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Ireland’s referendum on its abortion ban
Repealing the country’s constitutional ban on abortion may be the easy part

The Economist explains
Feb 2nd 2018
by E.O'L. | DUBLIN

THIS week’s announcement that Ireland will hold a referendum in May on whether to repeal its constitutional ban on abortion is a sign of a huge shift in Irish society. In 1983 67% of its voters had endorsed a constitutional amendment that, in effect, banned abortion entirely, even in cases of rape, incest and fetal abnormality so severe that the baby could not live—and even when a termination was essential to save the woman’s life. Abortion in Ireland had already been illegal for more than a century, but anti-abortion activists had wanted a constitutional ban for fear that the law might in future be relaxed. Thirty-five years later not only is Leo Varadkar, the prime minister and leader of the centre-right Fine Gael party, recommending a repeal, he is also campaigning for abortion to be legal up to the 12th week of pregnancy.

Continued: https://www.economist.com/blogs/economist-explains/2018/02/economist-explains-0

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Ireland: Nuance and abortion: Churches, other faiths, and atheists differ

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Nuance and abortion: Churches, other faiths, and atheists differ
All churches and faiths abhor abortion but most agree it can be the lesser evil

Patsy McGarry
Mon, Jan 29, 2018

It is highly unlikely Ireland’s Catholic and Protestant churches or its other faiths will take an active part in political campaigning leading up to the abortion referendum later this year.

They tend to avoid such campaigning in the main, apart from some individual clergy.

However, they will articulate their views in sermons or when asked by media, including being invited to take part in debates, and through their own leaflets, online and in other relevant publications.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/religion-and-beliefs/nuance-and-abortion-churches-other-faiths-and-atheists-differ-1.3371629?mode=amp

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‘There is an openness’ – Fianna Fáil in flux on abortion

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‘There is an openness’ – Fianna Fáil in flux on abortion
Support for repeal is 50/50 but the real split is over the proposed 12-week window

Jan 27, 2018
Harry McGee

Moral conservatism has always seemed intrinsic to Fianna Fáíl. It’s not just 1983 and the Eighth Amendment. It’s all the other referendums since then. It’s the way Micheál Martin was rebuffed, only four years ago, by his own parliamentarians during the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill. It was the 70 per cent who voted to retain the Eighth Amendment in a debate on the margins of its ardfheis last autumn.

Though a liberal wing has emerged among its TDs and senators in recent years, the image has persisted for 35 years. That partly explains the volcanic reaction among colleagues to Martin’s volte-face on the Eighth Amendment last week.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/us/there-is-an-openness-fianna-f%C3%A1il-in-flux-on-abortion-1.3369765

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Leo Varadkar says he will campaign to liberalise Ireland’s abortion laws

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Leo Varadkar says he will campaign to liberalise Ireland's abortion laws
Speaking to BBC Radio 4, Varadkar said he was in favour of changing Ireland’s abortion laws.

Jan 27, 2018

AN TAOISEACH LEO Varadkar has said that he will campaign to liberalise Ireland’s abortion laws.

In an interview with the BBC, Varadkar said he was in favour of changing Ireland’s abortion laws.

Continued: http://www.thejournal.ie/varadkar-abortion-3819870-Jan2018/

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