Ireland – Call for immediate exclusion zones after anti-abortion picket

Call for immediate exclusion zones after anti-abortion picket
HSE warns websites are claiming to offer services using variation of official MyOptions site

Jan 4, 2019
Vivienne Clarke, Paul Cullen

Veteran abortion services campaigner Ailbhe Smyth has called on the Minister for Health Simon Harris to introduce legislation immediately for exclusion zones around medical practices offering terminations.

Ms Smyth’s call, on Newstalk’s Breakfast programme, comes after an anti-abortion group protested outside a Galway GP practice on Thursday, just three days after termination services became legal in the State.
Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/health/call-for-immediate-exclusion-zones-after-anti-abortion-picket-1.3747644

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Ireland – Not all ‘confirmed’ hospitals ready to provide abortion service

Not all ‘confirmed’ hospitals ready to provide abortion service
HSE warns hospitals not to restrict services to women from their catchment area

Jan 3, 2019
Paul Cullen

The number of hospitals providing abortions is lower than the nine officially announced in the run-up to the introduction of the service.

Of the maternity units in the State, nine were “confirmed” as being ready to provide the service, Government sources told journalists before Christmas. Another 10 were not ready.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/health/not-all-confirmed-hospitals-ready-to-provide-abortion-service-1.3747176

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Amendment to bill on grounds sought for abortion defeated in Dáil

Amendment to bill on grounds sought for abortion defeated in Dáil

Thursday, 29 Nov 2018
By Ailbhe Conneely, RTÉ News Political reporter

An amendment proposing that abortions are not sought on grounds of race, sex or disability under the Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy Bill has been defeated in the Dáil.

Following a lengthy and often tense Report Stage debate which began last night, TDs voted against the amendment by 71 votes to 21.

Continued: https://www.rte.ie/news/politics/2018/1129/1014230-abortion-amendment-dail/

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Ireland – Dáil votes down proposal to fully decriminalise abortion

Dáil votes down proposal to fully decriminalise abortion
Criminalisation is necessary to protect women from forced abortions, says Minister

Nov 28, 2018
Jennifer Bray

Attempts to fully decriminalise abortion as part of new legislation have failed following a debate in the Dáil.

A number of TDs called on Minister for Health Simon Harris to support amendments to the Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy Bill which would see doctors protected from criminalisation where they act in good faith, and which would drop the current 14 year jail term.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/brexit/d%C3%A1il-votes-down-proposal-to-fully-decriminalise-abortion-1.3713813

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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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Women who have a medical abortion ‘likely to need three visits to GP’, says health chairman

Women who have a medical abortion 'likely to need three visits to GP', says health chairman

Friday 8 November 2018
Eilish O'Regan

Women who are certified for a medical abortion are likely to have to make three visits to their GP, the Oireachtas health committee has heard.

Dr Michael Harty, chairman of the committee and who is also a GP, said it was important the woman gets a face-to-face consulation with the doctor.

Continued: https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/health/women-who-have-a-medical-abortion-likely-to-need-three-visits-to-gp-says-health-chairman-37505041.html

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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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Ireland – Health committee rejects abortion legislation amendments by pro-life TDs

Health committee rejects abortion legislation amendments by pro-life TDs

Wednesday, November 07, 2018
By Elaine Loughlin
Political Correspondent

Latest: The Health Committee has rejected amendments to abortion legislation put forward by a group of pro-life TDs.

Simon Harris at the Health Commitee today. Photo: Oireachtas TV

The Committee has so far examined almost 130 amendments of 180 tabled in relation to a Bill to allow for abortion in this country.

Continued: https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/ireland/health-committee-rejects-abortion-legislation-amendments-by-pro-life-tds-883774.html

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Ireland – Harris says abortion legislation doesn’t mention the word ‘abortion’ for legal reasons

Harris says abortion legislation doesn't mention the word 'abortion' for legal reasons
The Health Minister also said he wants the Bill to be inclusive of members of the trans community.

Nov 6, 2018

SIMON HARRIS HAS said the word ‘abortion’ is not mentioned in the Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy Bill due to legal advice.

The Health Minister and members of the Oireachtas Health Committee are meeting today to consider amendments to the Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy Bill.

A number of TDs want the wording of the Bill to be changed, with Solidarity–People Before Profit TD Bríd Smith saying not using the word ‘abortion’ is an “obfuscation and a deliberate ignoring what’s going on here”.

Continued: https://www.thejournal.ie/abortion-legislation-ireland-2-4324746-Nov2018/

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Ireland – Public did not ‘vote for abortion in all circumstances’ – Simon Harris

Public did not ‘vote for abortion in all circumstances’ – Simon Harris
Abortion Bill: TDs debate 180 proposed amendments by pro-choice and anti-abortion TDs

Tue, Nov 6, 2018
Patsy McGarry, Colin Gleeson

Minister for Health Simon Harris argued that the public did not “vote for abortion in all circumstances” earlier this year as he resisted calls for all regulations surrounding the termination of pregnancy not to carry a criminal sanction if breached.

The Minister was speaking as the Oireachtas Health Committee debated some of the 180 proposed amendments to the Health (Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy) Bill 2018 put forward by pro-choice and anti-abortion TDs.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/public-did-not-vote-for-abortion-in-all-circumstances-simon-harris-1.3688034

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