Ireland must deal with abortion issue ‘definitively’, says Health Minister

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Ireland must deal with abortion issue 'definitively', says Health Minister
Tuesday 20th June 2017

Health Minister Simon Harris says Ireland must deal with abortion "definitively", after two women who had attempted suicide more than once were refused abortions in Ireland.

The Abortion Support Network says the women were both immigrants who needed visas if they were going to travel to the UK for a legal termination.

One of the pregnancies had been diagnosed with a fatal foetal abnormality.

Last night, Minister Harris said that he would make all possible resources available to draft legislation for a referendum on the issue.

Continued at source: WLR-FM: http://www.wlrfm.com/news/national/118035-ireland-must-deal-with-abortion-issue-definitively-says-health-minister.html

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Bring on the Irish abortion referendum

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Bring on the Irish abortion referendum

Ella Whelan
assistant editor

This is our chance to make the positive case for women’s rights.

16 June 2017

In his first day in office as the new Fine Gael Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar announced that the Republic of Ireland will have a referendum on the Eighth Amendment next year.

The Eighth Amendment to the Irish Constitution, which was added following a referendum on abortion rights in 1983, ensures the right to life of the unborn. This means that a woman’s life and rights are equated with that of an embryo. Irish women cannot access abortion services, even in the event of rape or fatal fetal abnormality. They are forced to buy medicine illegally online, or travel to the UK at their own expense to access abortion services there.

Continued at source: Spiked: http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/bring-on-the-irish-abortion-referendum/19967

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Ireland: Varadkar announces abortion referendum for next year

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Varadkar announces abortion referendum for next year
15 Jun 2017
Kenneth Fox

Simon Harris will be responsible for bringing forward the legislation

Amidst the news of a new Taoisech in the Dáil and the announcement of his Cabinet, the news that Leo Varadkar had confirmed an abortion referendum, seemed to slip through the cracks.

Yesterday he confirmed that the referendum will take place sometime next year.

He said Health Minister Simon Harris would be responsible for bringing forward legislation to allow for the referendum on the eight amendment, which gives an equal right to life to the mother and the unborn.

Continued at link: NewsTalk: http://www.newstalk.com/Varadkar-announces-abortion-referendum-for-next-year-

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Ireland: Members of Oireachtas committee on abortion reveal positions

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Members of Oireachtas committee on abortion reveal positions
Of the members who answered, seven said they were pro-choice, two anti-abortion

May 4, 2017
Mary Minihan

Seven Oireachtas members who will sit on the new cross-party committee on abortion have declared themselves pro-choice, while two have said they are anti-abortion.

Others have declined to state their position on the issue ahead of the formation of the Joint Committee on the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution, which will consider the recommendations of the Citizens’ Assembly. The original plan was to have 16 TDs and four Senators on the committee, but the Seanad has pushed for seven representatives.

Continued at source: Irish Times: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/members-of-oireachtas-committee-on-abortion-reveal-positions-1.3070406

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Ireland: Abortion: Pro-choice rally urges February 2018 referendum

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Abortion: Pro-choice rally urges February 2018 referendum
Protest called by Coalition to Repeal the Eighth follows Citizens’ Assembly proposal

Tue, May 2, 2017
Aine McMahon

A rally was held by pro-choice campaigners outside Leinster House on Tuesday evening calling for an abortion referendum to be held next February.

It was organised by The Coalition to Repeal the Eighth Amendment, an alliance of more than 70 organisations campaigning to repeal the Eight Amendment.

Continued at source: Irish Times: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/abortion-pro-choice-rally-urges-february-2018-referendum-1.3069199

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Ireland: Abortion movement has been hijacked by the middle class

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Abortion movement has been hijacked by the middle class
The Repeal campaign should be challenging political and economic inequalities
May 1, 2017
Kitty Holland

There was a poster in our house in 1983, used in the campaign that year against the proposed Eighth Amendment to the Constitution. I was 11 and thought it was beautiful.

It was a charcoal drawing of a young woman, her head in her hands in apparent despair. An infant at her feet, crying, tugs at her skirt. The slogan beneath read: “It’s life that needs amending. Not the Constitution.”

Continued at source: Irish Times: https://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/abortion-movement-has-been-hijacked-by-the-middle-class-1.3066835

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Ireland: Road to abortion referendum will be long and arduous

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Road to abortion referendum will be long and arduous
Our parliament is not set up for the quick end to the abortion debate that is needed

Fri, Apr 28, 2017, 01:03
Oliver Callan

The emphatic vote of the Citizens’ Assembly and opinion polls show there is compelling support for liberalising our abortion laws. Sadly for the hours campaigners have spent on the matter, there is little appetite in so-called “New Politics” to do anything about it.

Continued at source: Irish Times: https://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/road-to-abortion-referendum-will-be-long-and-arduous-1.3063821

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Ireland: Citizens’ Assembly backs abortion rights in wide range of circumstances

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Citizens’ Assembly backs abortion rights in wide range of circumstances
Two-thirds (64%) of participants support no restrictions on abortion under term limits

Sun, Apr 23, 2017
Ronan McGreevy

Members of the Citizens’ Assembly have recommended that abortion should be permitted in the State in a wide range of circumstances.

A majority of the 92 members voted to allow for abortion in all 13 circumstances considered by the body at its final meeting on Sunday.

Continued at source: Irish Times: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/citizens-assembly-backs-abortion-rights-in-wide-range-of-circumstances-1.3058170

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Ireland: Abortion testimonies: ‘They made me feel like my life didn’t matter’

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Abortion testimonies: ‘They made me feel like my life didn’t matter’
Women directly affected by Irish abortion laws speak to Citizens’ Assembly

March 4, 2017
Ronan McGreevy

Six women who were directly affected by the State’s abortion laws have given personal testimony to the Citizens’ Assembly examining the Eighth Amendment.

The pre-recorded audio interviews were played to the 99 members of the assembly on Saturday afternoon with one going back almost 50 years.

Continued at link: Irish Times: http://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/abortion-testimonies-they-made-me-feel-like-my-life-didn-t-matter-1.2998323

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Ireland: Campaigners in abortion debate reject idea of replacing Eighth Amendment

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Campaigners in abortion debate reject idea of replacing Eighth Amendment
Poll showed 38% support for constitutional change allowing greater access to abortion

Fri, Mar 3, 2017
Pat Leahy

Pro-choice and anti-abortion campaigners had a similar reaction to one of the findings of Thursday’s Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll on abortion, both sides rejecting the idea of replacing the Eighth Amendment with another, less restrictive article on abortion in the Constitution.

The poll found that 38 per cent of respondents favoured replacing the Eighth Amendment, which underpins Ireland’s strict ban on abortion, with another constitutional amendment that would allow greater access to abortion.

Continued at source: Irish Times: http://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/campaigners-in-abortion-debate-reject-idea-of-replacing-eighth-amendment-1.2997300

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