Ireland: Harris raises Kerry babies and Lovett cases in abortion debate

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Harris raises Kerry babies and Lovett cases in abortion debate
Minister for Health: 3,265 women from every county had travelled abroad for abortions last year

Wed, Jan 17, 2018
Marie O'Halloran

Abortion is a reality for women living in Ireland and is an issue that is not going to go away, Minister for Health Simon Harris has said.

“Ultimately, there is always a deeply personal, private story behind each individual case which I believe is a matter for a woman and her doctor. I believe the Irish people trust women and they trust doctors to make these difficult decisions.”

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/oireachtas/harris-raises-kerry-babies-and-lovett-cases-in-abortion-debate-1.3358750

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Ireland: Government set to accept abortion committee’s recommendations

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Government set to accept abortion committee’s recommendations
Taoiseach advises against straying too far from proposals to repeal Eighth Amendment
Jan 16, 2018

Sarah Bardon, Pat Leahy, Fiach Kelly

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has signalled for the first time that the Government will accept the recommendations of the Oireachtas committee on the Eighth Amendment.

This means that legislation will be prepared to allow for abortion on request up to 12 weeks into a pregnancy. The proposed legislation will be brought before the Dáil if a referendum on liberalising Ireland’s abortion laws is passed this summer.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/government-set-to-accept-abortion-committee-s-recommendations-1.3356674

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Ireland: Cabinet should accept recommendation of abortion up to 12 weeks – Harris

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Cabinet should accept recommendation of abortion up to 12 weeks - Harris
Fine Gael TDs and senators meet to debate abortion

Jan 15, 2018
Sarah Bardon, Fiach Kelly, Barry Roche

The Government should accept the recommendations of the Oireachtas committee on the Eighth Amendment, Minister for Health Simon Harris has said.

Speaking at conference in Dublin on Monday, Mr Harris said his position on the issue of abortion was clear. The Minister was speaking ahead of a debate on the matter at a special Fine Gael parliamentary party meeting on Monday afternoon.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/cabinet-should-accept-recommendation-of-abortion-up-to-12-weeks-harris-1.3355941

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Ireland: Cabinet gets free vote on both abortion bills

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Cabinet gets free vote on both abortion bills
Stephen O’Brien, Political Editor

January 14 2018, The Sunday Times

Fine Gael cabinet ministers will have a free vote on the “repeal the eighth” referendum bill in March, and also on a bill next autumn to permit abortion on request up to 12 weeks if the referendum is passed.

Senior government sources say ministers will have complied with the principle of collective cabinet responsibility if they instruct Simon Harris, the health minister, to draft a bill and prepare a referendum to repeal article 40.3.3. of the constitution, which confers an equal right to life on “the mother” and “the unborn”. Individual ministers would then be free to vote against that legislation in the Dail.

Continued: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/cabinet-gets-free-vote-on-both-abortion-bills-z6rvrqlmd

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Ireland: Cabinet to discuss Oireachtas Committee report on abortion

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Cabinet to discuss Oireachtas Committee report on abortion
Simon Harris to bring memo to today’s meeting laying out likely steps before a referendum

Jan 10, 2017
Pat Leahy, Sarah Bardon, Fiach Kelly

The Cabinet is to discuss the report of the Oireachtas Committee on abortion at its meeting on Wednesday morning as preparations continue for a likely referendum before the summer.

The Minister for Health, Simon Harris, will bring a memo to the Cabinet’s first meeting of 2018 laying out the likely steps before a referendum which Mr Harris will tell colleagues can be held in either late May or early June.

Continued at source: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/cabinet-to-discuss-oireachtas-committee-report-on-abortion-1.3350273

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Ireland: May timetable for abortion referendum – Tánaiste

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May timetable for abortion referendum - Tánaiste
Three anti-abortion members of the Oireachtas committee on the Eighth Amendment to boycott final meeting

Thu, Dec 14, 2017
Sarah Bardon

The Government is working to a timetable for a referendum on abortion in May, Tánaiste Simon Coveney has said.

He said most of the work on the Bills is expected to be completed by mid-March and he appealed to TDs to show leadership, with a respectful debate on an issue that “will divide households”.

Continued at source: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/may-timetable-for-abortion-referendum-t%C3%A1naiste-1.3326633

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Irish voters oppose fully liberalising abortion laws, poll shows

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Irish voters oppose fully liberalising abortion laws, poll shows

Survey reveals just 24% back legalised terminations in all cases up to 22 weeks, ahead of planned referendum next year
Pro-choice protesters marching through Dublin

Henry McDonald Ireland correspondent
Friday 6 October 2017

Irish voters would reject any move to legalise abortion in all circumstances up to 22 weeks, an opinion poll has found.

As the prime minister, Leo Varadkar, and his minority Fine Gael government prepare to frame an abortion reform referendum scheduled for next year, it has emerged that only 24% of voters are in favour of legalising terminations in nearly all cases.

Continued at source: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/06/irish-voters-oppose-legalisation-abortion-poll-shows

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Ireland: Ministers raise concerns over abortion poll

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Ministers raise concerns over abortion poll
Saturday, September 16, 2017

By Fiachra Ó Cionnaith
Irish Examiner Political Correspondent

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and two of his ministers have questioned whether the Eighth Amendment referendum will be passed if it allows unrestricted access to abortion in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.

Mr Varadkar, Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald and Fine Gael’s deputy leader Simon Coveney said they doubt the vote will be backed by the public if the Citizens’ Assembly recommendation is included in any final referendum wording.

Continued at source: http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/ministers-raise-concerns-over-abortion-poll-459084.html

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Ireland: Taoiseach not sure public would back Citizens’ Assembly’s stance on abortion

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Taoiseach not sure public would back Citizens' Assembly's stance on abortion

The Assembly said terminations should be allowed without restriction up to the 12th week of pregnancy.
Sept 15, 2017

THE TAOISEACH HAS said he’s not sure if members of the public would support the Citizens’ Assembly’s recommendations on Ireland’s abortion legislation.

Speaking at the Fine Gael think-in today, Leo Varadkar said: “I honestly don’t know if the public would go as far as what the Citizens’ Assembly have recommended. Public opinion polls have indicated that they wouldn’t, but that may change during the course of the debate.

Continued at source: The Journal: https://www.thejournal.ie/eighth-amendment-referendum-3600112-Sep2017/

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Ireland: Minister plays down significance of poll on abortion

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Simon Coveney says government happy to wait the recommendations that emerge from the citizens’s assembly
Oct. 9, 2016
Barry Roche

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, Simon Coveney has played down the significance of The Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll which showed a significant majority of people in favour of changing the constitution to allow for abortion.

Mr Coveney said the government could not decide on policy on the basis of opinion polls and he was happy to await whatever recommendations emerge from the citizens’ assembly which is due to meet later this month to consider the future of the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution.

According to The Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll, 55 per cent of voters favour the repeal of the Eighth Amendment allow abortion in the case of rape or fatal foetal abnormality and a further 19 per cent favour allowing abortion in all cases as requested as happens in the UK. 18 per cent oppose any repeal.

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Source: Irish Times

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