The Pro Life Campaign’s definition of love is cruel

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The Pro Life Campaign’s definition of love is cruel
Diarmaid Ferriter: It is a strange kind of love that denies a teenage rape victim an abortion

Sat, Apr 21, 2018
Diarmaid Ferriter

Speaking at the unveiling of the Pro Life Campaign’s “Love Both” campaign during the week, spokeswoman Caroline Simons said: “Voters who support abortion in limited circumstances need to know that what they hope for with repeal and what they get are two entirely different things.”

What astounding arrogance. Simons has decided that those who will vote for the removal of the amendment have no independence of mind and are naive, delusional dupes who will vote next month unaware of the reality of what they are doing and devoid of a capacity for love. She has also decided what they hope for.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/the-pro-life-campaign-s-definition-of-love-is-cruel-1.3468389

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Ireland to vote on abortion in shadow of death

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Ireland to vote on abortion in shadow of death
Three separate medical and legal inquiries into Halappanavar’s death identified serious mistakes in her treatment at the Galway hospital

April 15, 2018
Gulf News, Mick O'Reilly, Foreign Correspondent

MADRID: The pain hasn’t gone away over these past five-and-a-half years. And there’s not a day that goes by that Andanappa Yalagi doesn’t think of his daughter, Savita Halappanavar, and how her death was so preventable.

Halappanavar died at a hospital in Galway, Ireland, in October 2012 from a septic miscarriage. Now, from his home in Karnataka, he is speaking out, hoping that Irish voters will change the anti-abortion constitutional ban that led to the death of his 31-year-old daughter.

Continued: http://gulfnews.com/news/europe/ireland-to-vote-on-abortion-in-shadow-of-death-1.2205604

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Ireland – Savita Halappanavar’s father urges Yes vote in abortion referendum

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Savita Halappanavar’s father urges Yes vote in abortion referendum
Andanappa Yalagi happy for pro-choice campaigners to use daughter’s image

Wed, Apr 11, 2018
Kitty Holland

The father of Savita Halappanavar, who died at University Hospital Galway in 2012 after a septic miscarriage, has called for a Yes vote in next month’s abortion referendum.

Andanappa Yalagi, speaking from the Indian state of Karnataka, said he had not known of the ballot, on May 25th, on whether to repeal the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution and liberalise Ireland’s abortion laws.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/savita-halappanavar-s-father-urges-yes-vote-in-abortion-referendum-1.3457368

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Ireland’s historic chance to trust women

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Ireland’s historic chance to trust women

By Cynthia Romero
03/31/18

In a moment when women globally are reclaiming their voice and power, Ireland faces a historic chance to overturn a law that hurts so many women. On May 25, the Irish people will decide whether to repeal the 8th amendment, which equates the life of a pregnant woman with that of an embryo or fetus and criminalizes abortion except if continuing a pregnancy would result in certain death.

Living in Ireland as a graduate student in my early 20s, I found Ireland’s harsh abortion ban paradoxical and out of sync with an Irish society so committed to social justice and compassion.

Continued: http://thehill.com/opinion/healthcare/380862-irelands-historic-chance-to-trust-women

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Time for change: Anne Enright on Ireland’s abortion referendum

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Time for change: Anne Enright on Ireland's abortion referendum

In the coming weeks, voters in Ireland will have the chance to repeal the eighth amendment, which recognises the equal rights to life of a foetus and the mother during pregnancy. We must send a message to the world, the author declares

Anne Enright
Sat 24 Mar 2018

Recently I spoke to a reasonable, sane Irish woman who said that she was against abortion and because she was so reasonable and sane, I was curious what she meant by that. Was she against the morning after pill? Certainly not. What about chemical abortifacients? They did not really worry her too much. So, what about terminations before 12 or 13 weeks, the time when woman are often given the all clear to confirm their pregnancy to family and friends? This woman was not, all things considered, against terminations during this window, when pregnancy is not considered medically certain. She was also, just to make clear, in favour of abortion in cases of fatal foetal abnormality, rape and incest. In 1983 this woman might have voted “against abortion”, despite the fact that she is not against abortion, especially if it happens during those weeks when the natural loss of an embryo is called miscarriage. She just found abortion, in general, hard to vote “for”.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/mar/24/ann-enright-on-irelands-abortion-referendum

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Ireland – Abortion referendum: Many minds not made up

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Abortion referendum: Many minds not made up
Most young, urban dwellers favour repeal, but in rural areas the ‘12 weeks issue’ is key

March 16, 2018
Harry McGee Political Correspondent

The phrase “silent majority” has fallen out of fashion in Ireland in recent times. US president Richard Nixon popularised it the 1960s, when he claimed a majority of Americans were conservative by instinct but didn’t voice their opinions publicly as did the liberal minority.

During the 1983 debate on the Eighth Amendment, the outspoken Fine Gael TD and anti-abortion campaigner Alice Glenn used the phrase to great effect.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/abortion-referendum-many-minds-not-made-up-1.3429636

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Meet the American helping Irish women get abortions

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Meet the American helping Irish women get abortions

By Haley Joelle
March 15, 2018

LONDON -- Karen, a law student from a small town in rural Ireland, traveled for hours to get to London to have a secret abortion. The procedure is illegal in her own country, so she lied to her family and friends -- everyone apart from her boyfriend and the American who arranged her trip to Britain, Mara Clarke.

The 8th amendment to the Irish constitution, passed in 1983, formally equates the "right to life of the unborn" fetus to the "right to life of the mother." While terminating a pregnancy on Irish soil is against the law, barring a couple of exceptions, Irish women are permitted to travel abroad to terminate their pregnancies, and recent data i

Continued: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/ireland-abortion-women-travel-united-kingdom-mara-clarke/

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Ireland – McAleese has ‘no plans’ to campaign on abortion referendum

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McAleese has ‘no plans’ to campaign on abortion referendum
Former president says obstetricians’ criticism of the current law was compelling

Mar 12, 2018
Vivienne Clarke

Former President Mary McAleese says she has no plans to take part in the campaign for repeal of the Eighth Amendment.

In an RTÉ radio interview on Monday, she said he was disappointed the Eighth Amendment did not do what it had been supposed to do but she declined to be drawn on how exactly she planned to vote.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/mcaleese-has-no-plans-to-campaign-on-abortion-referendum-1.3423957

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Ireland – Understanding the selective compassion of abortion vote

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Understanding the selective compassion of abortion vote
Dealing with pro-life arguments will be the key to the controversial referendum being passed, writes Donal Lynch

Donal Lynch
March 11 2018

Already, with a couple of months still to go, the abortion referendum feels like our own Vietnam; a war that will never end.

The rote lines of both sides have beaten a country into submission. Maria Steen, Tara Flynn and Catherine Noone must be on the brink of nervous exhaustion, but they and others have, at least, moved us towards the bitter end.

Continued: https://www.independent.ie/opinion/comment/understanding-the-selective-compassion-of-abortion-vote-36691948.html

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Ireland’s abortion battle shows we must never let the fundamentalists win

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Ireland’s abortion battle shows we must never let the fundamentalists win
Women have paid a terrible price for a law that gives the unborn the same rights as mothers

Suzanne Moore
Thu 8 Mar 2018

It’s a bugger when your flight is cancelled. It’s worse, I imagine, if you’re having to travel to another country to have an abortion. Time and money matter. When I saw that the recent snow had grounded flights from Ireland I immediately thought of this. Maybe I have never forgotten the time I sat next to an anxious young woman on a flight from Dublin who began to tell me why she was coming to London but couldn’t finish her sentences. She was just so alone that I wanted to go to the clinic with her. In the old days I remember seeing such women on the ferries.

Irish women have abortions, you see – they just don’t have them in their own country. Currently about nine women a day travel to the UK for terminations. Irish society knows of this export of hypocrisy, yet it continues to export its responsibility for human rights. Women pay the price.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/mar/08/abortion-ireland-women-unborn-mothers

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