Ireland’s abortion referendum raises the bar for U.S. abortion politics

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Ireland’s abortion referendum raises the bar for U.S. abortion politics

By Abigail R.A. Aiken
June 9, 2018

Ireland’s landslide vote to repeal the Eighth Amendment of its Constitution signaled the end of one of the world’s most restrictive abortion laws. Just as remarkable as the “yes” vote itself, however, was the debate that led to the result — and how refreshingly different it was from the debate here at home. In Ireland, politicians actually listened to evidence, and they listened to women. In America, too many politicians have done neither.

The United States and Ireland have long seemed far apart on abortion. The U.S. Constitution protects the right to choose, whereas until last week, the Irish Constitution explicitly equated the life of a fetus with the life of a pregnant woman. Yet the two countries are much more similar than they seem at first glance.

Continued: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/outlook/article/Ireland-s-abortion-referendum-raises-the-bar-12981492.php#photo-15697587

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Abortion referendum: the political winners and losers

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Abortion referendum: the political winners and losers
Varadkar, Martin and McDonald strengthen their position while conservatives miss out

May 26, 2018
Fiach Kelly Deputy Political Editor

The referendum to repeal the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution is set to be passed by a margin even greater than the most enthusiastic advocates for repeal could have imagined.

The campaign to repeal was led by civic society groups, principally Together for Yes, but there are still political winners and losers from an extraordinary campaign.We chart who they are below.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/abortion-referendum-the-political-winners-and-losers-1.3509893

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How the Yes and No sides won and lost the abortion referendum

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How the Yes and No sides won and lost the abortion referendum

Harry McGee: Smiling Savita portraits proclaiming a new reality for Ireland
May 26, 2018

Harry McGee Political Correspondent

In the last few days of the referendum campaign on the Eight Amendment dozens of small posters appeared around Dublin.

The image was of Savita Halappanavar, instantly recognisable from her thick dark hair, wide smile, smiling eyes, and the Bindi dot on the forehead. The message contained one word: Yes. They were striking in their simplicity and directness.

The Savita case (read Kitty Holland’s report from 2012 here) was never too far away from people’s minds during the eight weeks that this extraordinary referendum campaign seeped into Irish public consciousness on doorsteps, in the streets, in the media, or on the airwaves… right up to polling day.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/how-the-yes-and-no-sides-won-and-lost-the-abortion-referendum-1.3509924

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Ireland – Coveney: ‘I approach the abortion issue from a pro-life perspective, but we need to end the status quo’

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Coveney: 'I approach the abortion issue from a pro-life perspective, but we need to end the status quo'
For the first time, the Tánaiste speaks of his family’s own personal tragedy in pregnancy.

TÁNAISTE SIMON COVENEY has said he still approaches the issue of abortion from a “pro-life perspective” but believes the status quo can no longer remain in Ireland.

In an interview with TheJournal.ie about how he came to form his views on the abortion issue ahead of the upcoming referendum on the Eighth Amendment, the Cork TD spoke for the first time about his family’s own personal tragedy in pregnancy.

Continued: http://www.thejournal.ie/simon-coveney-interview-abortion-referendum-3996392-May2018/

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Ireland – Coveney reveals what convinced him to back abortion

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Coveney reveals what convinced him to back abortion

Ralph Riegel
April 30 2018

Tánaiste Simon Coveney revealed he dramatically changed his position on potential post-Eighth Amendment legislation following an emotional private meeting with a young woman who had gone through a crisis pregnancy.

The Cork TD said he "confronted myself" over the potential aftermath of the amendment's repeal.

Continued: https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/abortion-referendum/coveney-reveals-what-convinced-him-to-back-abortion-36857139.html

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Tánaiste: Undecided voters will swing abortion referendum

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Tánaiste: Undecided voters will swing abortion referendum

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Simon Coveney said undecided voters will swing next month's 8th Amendment Referendum.

He said the law the government is proposing is far from abortion on demand - but he is concerned attempts will be made to 'frighten' undecided voters in the weeks ahead.

Continued: https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/ireland/tanaiste-undecided-voters-will-swing-abortion-referendum-839834.html

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Ireland -Tánaiste says those undecided on repeal may be frightened into No vote

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Tánaiste says those undecided on repeal may be frightened into No vote
Yes campaign must convince voters that the status quo is no longer acceptable

April 28, 2018
Barry Roche

The Tánaiste has expressed concern that those campaigning to retain the Eighth Amendment may try to frighten undecided voters into voting No if they have any doubts about the proposal.

Simon Coveney predicted that undecided voters, which he estimated as being about 30 per cent of the electorate,would decide the outcome of the May 25th referendum.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/t%C3%A1naiste-says-those-undecided-on-repeal-may-be-frightened-into-no-vote-1.3477946

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Ireland – Battle on doorsteps reveals different truths for Yes and No campaigns

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Battle on doorsteps reveals different truths for Yes and No campaigns
Both sides in abortion referendum believe they have the edge. How can both be right?

April 27, 2018
Harry McGee

When you ask Joe Walsh, a No campaigner, when he started canvassing for the referendum on the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution, his response takes you aback. “We started three years ago,” he says, matter-of-factly, “and have not stopped since then.”

Although the media spotlight over the past five years has been mostly on the evolution of the referendum to decide whether to repeal the amendment, which bans abortion in almost all circumstances, anti-abortion campaigners have not been idle, as is immediately apparent outside Dublin. The No campaign was first to put up its posters, and it has big canvassing teams, in which young women tend to be to the fore, in most parts of the State.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/battle-on-doorsteps-reveals-different-truths-for-yes-and-no-campaigns-1.3476881

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Why are Irish journalists again missing a movement?

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Una Mullally: Why are Irish journalists again missing a movement?
Media appears unable to interpret political movements formed outside traditional party structures

Mon, Apr 16, 2018
Una Mullally

We are at that moment in a referendum campaign where stories, takes, and points of view need to be generated as commentary. Some will be insightful, others less so. Some will be deliberately provocative, some will be more concentrated on facts. Some will fulfil the most tedious trope in journalism, where criticism will be levelled at a campaign by those who substitute expertise and experience for a “hunch”.

There are more than two opposing campaigns under way, of course, multiple campaigns – particularly on the pro-repeal side – emerging from grassroots activism and active citizenship. As the media narratives weave themselves in knots, what I find especially interesting is how this referendum campaign is frequently compared to the marriage equality referendum campaign. Generally, this comparison follows two narratives.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/una-mullally-why-are-irish-journalists-again-missing-a-movement-1.3462385

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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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