Harris requests committee meeting over abortion legislation

Harris requests committee meeting over abortion legislation

Thursday, 18 Oct 2018
By Ailbhe Conneely, RTÉ News Political reporter

The Minister for Health has written to the Oireachtas committee responsible for examining amendments to the abortion legislation, requesting it meet at the earliest convenience.

Committee stage of the Regulation of the Termination of Pregnancy legislation will be overseen by the Health Committee.

Continued: https://www.rte.ie/news/politics/2018/1018/1005114-abortion-legislation-dail/

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Fianna Fail TD ‘struggling with his conscience’ cannot support Abortion Bill

Fianna Fail TD ‘struggling with his conscience’ cannot support Abortion Bill
Claims abortion will be used as contraception are offensive and ignorant - Harris

Thu, Oct 18, 2018
Marie O'Halloran

Minister for Health Simon Harris has described as “horrific and bizarre” a suggestion that abortion will in time be used as contraception.

He described such a mindset as worrying and said these sorts of views were offensive, ignorant, and showed a “fundamental lack of respect for women”.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/oireachtas/fianna-fail-td-struggling-with-his-conscience-cannot-support-abortion-bill-1.3668370

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Waiting times, deadlines and objections: Issues before abortion introduced

Waiting times, deadlines and objections: Issues before abortion introduced

Updated / Sunday, 14 Oct 2018
By Ailbhe Conneely, RTÉ News Political reporter

When the Government promised a referendum on the Eighth Amendment last year few would have predicted that Ministers would hope to establish abortion services in Ireland by next January.

Legislation allowing for terminations in Ireland was introduced in the Dáil just over a week ago. But it is uncertain whether the Government will meet that timeline.

Continued: https://www.rte.ie/news/analysis-and-comment/2018/1012/1002851-abortion-delays-objections/

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Draft abortion law ‘could face freedom of conscience case’

Draft abortion law 'could face freedom of conscience case'

Updated / Sunday, 14 Oct 2018
By Joe Little, Religious & Social Affairs Correspondent

A leading member of the Medico-Legal Alliance has hinted that the country's draft abortion law may face a legal challenge similar to the Asher's Bakery freedom of conscience case.

Senior Counsel Ben Ó Floinn said it would be regrettable if such a challenge became necessary in order to secure a wide-ranging freedom of conscience for doctors who will not provide terminations.

Continued: https://www.rte.ie/news/2018/1013/1002952-abortion-conscience/

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Ireland – Stakeholders meet on introduction of abortion services

Stakeholders meet on introduction of abortion services
Simon Harris said it was a priority of the Government to develop a woman-centred, safe and regulated service in January 2019

Monday, 8 Oct 2018
By Ailbhe Conneely

A round-table discussion has taken place between the main stakeholders in the introduction of abortion services. The Minister for Health, Simon Harris, the Chairman of the Institute of Gynaecologists and Obstetricians, Dr Peter Boylan, and officials from Department of Health met last week to discuss the issue.

Concerns were raised last month at the Oireachtas Committee on Health over the need for the Department, the HSE and clinical stakeholders to meet about the service which is expected to be up and running in January.

Continued: https://www.rte.ie/news/politics/2018/1008/1001696-abortion/

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Ireland – Doctors call for legislation to protect conscientious objectors in abortion services

Doctors call for legislation to protect conscientious objectors in abortion services
Nurses and midwives hope ‘current protections will apply in the future’

Fri, Oct 5, 2018
Patsy McGarry

The Department of Health is to meet medical colleges including the Irish College of General Practitioners, the Royal College of Physicians, and the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists to discuss clinical protocols to deliver an abortion service, a spokeswoman for the Irish Medical Organisation has said. It is the largest medical representative body and trade union in Ireland.

It was “important that medical professionals can, on a conscientious basis, choose not to deliver this service,” she said.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/religion-and-beliefs/doctors-call-for-legislation-to-protect-conscientous-objectors-in-abortion-services-1.3653149

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Ireland – Bill to legalise abortion services introduced in Dáil

Bill to legalise abortion services introduced in Dáil

Thursday, 4 Oct 2018
By Ailbhe Conneely, RTÉ News Political reporter

The Minister for Health has introduced the Regulation of the Termination of Pregnancy Bill in the Dáil, which seeks to legalise abortion services in Ireland.

Simon Harris said legislators in the national parliament hold a privileged position, especially when acting on the instruction of the people in a referendum.

Continued: https://www.rte.ie/news/politics/2018/1004/1000958-abortion/

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Ireland – Abortion: Women nine weeks pregnant may be referred to obstetrician

Abortion: Women nine weeks pregnant may be referred to obstetrician
Minister appeals for colleagues to continue to be ‘constructive not obstructive’ in abortion debate

Thu, Oct 4, 2018
Marie O'Halloran

Women between nine and 12 weeks pregnant seeking an abortion may be referred to a consultant obstetrician, Minister for Health Simon Harris has indicated.

Mr Harris was introducing the Health (Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy) Bill, which gives effect to the outcome of the abortion referendum when 66 per cent of voters supported abortion. He said TDs were making history in bringing the legislation forward to allow for abortion services in Ireland and repealing the Eighth Amendment after 35 years in the Constitution.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/oireachtas/abortion-women-nine-weeks-pregnant-may-be-referred-to-obstetrician-1.3651724

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Irish parliament debates bill to legalise abortion

Irish parliament debates bill to legalise abortion

By Deirdre Finnerty BBC News
4 October 2018

The Irish parliament is debating a bill to legalise abortion services in the country.

It is the first time the Irish parliament has addressed the issue since the Eighth Amendment - a near total constitutional ban on abortion - was removed.

The country voted to overturn its abortion ban in a referendum in May.

Continued: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-45731990

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Ireland – Abortion opponents to fight for burials in bill on terminations

Abortion opponents to fight for burials in bill on terminations

Ellen Coyne, Senior Ireland Reporter
October 3 2018

Anti-abortion campaigners are lobbying to make it mandatory for a burial to be held after a pregnancy is terminated.

Activists have been urged to “visit” TDs and put pressure on them to make abortion law as restrictive as possible, making it mandatory for women to be told about adoption and parenting, and to be offered an ultrasound scan before they can access a termination.

Continued: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/pro-life-activists-want-tds-to-place-obstacles-in-abortion-bill-hj9pd2qd8

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