Ireland – McDonald says abortion law in NI should be ‘in kilter’ with Republic

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McDonald says abortion law in NI should be ‘in kilter’ with Republic
Sinn Féin launches party campaign in favour of repeal ahead of the May ‘date with destiny’

April 20, 2018
Sarah Bardon

Sinn Féin will seek to harmonise abortion laws across the country if the Eighth Amendment is removed from the Constitution.

Abortion is banned in almost all circumstances in Northern Ireland, while in the Republic it is permitted only when a mother’s life is at risk.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/mcdonald-says-abortion-law-in-ni-should-be-in-kilter-with-republic-1.3467592

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Ireland abortion debate heating up as Ireland decides its next step

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Ireland abortion debate heating up as Ireland decides its next step

John Spain
April 19, 2018

The vote on whether to repeal the 8th Amendment of Ireland's constitution, paving the way to change abortion law in Ireland, is set for May 25, and campaigning is taking off.

The referendum to introduce abortion into Ireland is now just over a month away -- the vote will be on May 25 -- and the national campaigns are finally kicking into life after weeks when surprisingly little has been heard from either side. Now it's all action, a bit like a baby in the womb when it gets to the stage when it suddenly begins kicking. Suddenly, like a bad rash that appears overnight, large red anti-abortion posters materialized on lampposts all over Dublin last week.

continued: https://www.irishcentral.com/news/irishvoice/ireland-abortion-debate

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Ireland – Abortion will be won 60-40, says minister; Save the 8th begins ’12 weeks’ campaign

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Abortion will be won 60-40, says minister; Save the 8th begins '12 weeks' campaign

Monday, April 16, 2018
By Elaine Loughlin, Political Correspondent

The referendum to repeal the Eighth Amendment will be won 60% to 40%, Minister Finian McGrath.

Speaking at an Inclusion Ireland event this morning, the Disabilities Minister said he is now "fairly confident" the abortion referendum will pass, but said there is no room for complacency.

Mr McGrath said: "I believe it will be 60 - 40. I know from my own constituency Dublin Bay North, that would be the kind of view that I am getting.

Continued: https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/ireland/abortion-will-be-won-60-40-says-minister-837576.html

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Ireland’s fiercest culture war yet is being fought on our lampposts

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Ireland's fiercest culture war yet is being fought on our lampposts

April 15, 2018
Carl Kinsella
The war over Ireland's Eighth Amendment is being fought with streetlights and zip-ties.

In late May, Ireland will go to the polls to decide whether to repeal its constitutional ban on abortion — the Eighth Amendment of Bunreacht na hÉireann. As the country hurtles towards this landmark moment, much of the attention has been focused on the respective canvassing approaches of the Yes and No campaigns.

As both sides set about ramping up their efforts to sway the public over the crucial home stretch, another ban has come into focus: Ireland's regulatory ban on paid political television and radio ads.

Continued: https://www.joe.ie/life-style/irelands-poster-war-621972

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Obstetricians to agree principles if Eighth Amendment repealed

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Obstetricians to agree principles if Eighth Amendment repealed
Extraordinary general meeting ‘very constructive’, says Institute of Obstetricians

Fri, Apr 13, 2018
Elaine Edwards

Obstetricians and gynaecologists have agreed to establish principles of safe practice that will “underpin safe care for women” in the event of the repeal of the Eighth Amendment to the constitution in next month’s referendum.

The Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists held an extraordinary general meeting on Friday.

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/obstetricians-to-agree-principles-if-eighth-amendment-repealed-1.3461242

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Ireland – Abortion referendum: money pouring in from small donors, both sides claim

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Abortion referendum: money pouring in from small donors, both sides claim
Together for Yes raises €200,000 in a day; Save the 8th generates €100,000 at rally

Tue, Apr 10, 2018
Marie O'Halloran

Fundraising appeals by abortion-referendum campaigns have raised significant amounts from small donors, both sides have claimed.

Together for Yes, which wants to repeal the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution on May 25th and allow abortion until the 12th week of pregnancy, said it raised more than €200,000 in 11 hours during an online crowdfunding appeal for its national poster campaign on Tuesday.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/health/abortion-referendum-money-pouring-in-from-small-donors-both-sides-claim-1.3457117

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Ireland- Senator defends ‘ageist’ abortion comment

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Senator defends 'ageist' abortion comment

Ryan Nugent
April 2 2018

SENATOR Catherine Noone has insisted she is not ageist after criticism of a tweet on the abortion debate which described a Mayo priest as an “octogenarian”.

Ms Noone, who is pro-repeal, was unhappy that abortion was brought up during Easter Mass and said there was a time and place for such discussion.

Continued: https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/abortion-referendum/senator-defends-ageist-abortion-comment-36766144.html

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Ireland- Myths and lies about abortion must be debunked

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Myths and lies about abortion must be debunked
We are all entitled to our own opinions and beliefs – but not our own facts

Apr 2, 2018
David Robert Grimes

Abortion has long been a contentious issue in Ireland, replete with emotive and frequently dubious rhetoric. This was recently exemplified by Save the Eighth billboard campaign featuring an abortion nurse detailing the horrors he had witnessed.

This testimony was somewhat undermined by the revelation it had been fabricated, leading to the unedifying sight of campaign manager John McGuirk rapidly pivoting from legal threats to grudging acceptance, a volte-face hard to distinguish from surrealist performance art. As the referendum looms ever closer, it is inevitable campaigning will become more charged, both online and off.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/myths-and-lies-about-abortion-must-be-debunked-1.3448176

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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 – Simon Coveney: My indecision on abortion is final (I think)

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Simon Coveney: My indecision on abortion is final (I think)
Simon Coveney is suffering brickbats for changing his mind on abortion. Is this only a personal crisis, or does it reflect a split in the government, asks Stephen O’Brien

Stephen O’Brien, Political Editor
April 1 2018

The headline in the Irish Examiner confirmed that all was not well in Cork. “Coveney plan for legal lock in tatters,” the newspaper declared on Wednesday as the tanaiste, a local TD, made the news for the third day running.

“Tanaiste Simon Coveney has been left humiliated after his two-thirds Dail majority legal-lock plan for the government’s post-referendum abortion law was labelled unconstitutional, naive and deeply damaging to the ‘yes’ campaign,” the Examiner railed.

Continued: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/simon-coveney-my-indecision-on-abortion-is-final-i-think-qjxq07h2p

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