Ireland: Abortion law drafts defended by Harris

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Abortion law drafts defended by Harris

Ellen Coyne, Senior Ireland Reporter
July 31 2017, The Times

Simon Harris has said that new abortion laws must be ready to go to fit Leo Varadkar’s timetable for a referendum on the Eighth Amendment.

The health minister defended his decision to start drafting legislation that could legalise abortion in certain circumstances before a special Oireachtas committee has had the time to decide if the constitutional ban should be lifted.

Continued at source: The Times: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/ireland/abortion-law-drafts-defended-byharris-mgpqgsbpd

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Ireland: Abortion report by citizens’ assembly demands 20-week anomaly scans

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Abortion report by citizens’ assembly demands 20-week anomaly scans
Ellen Coyne, Senior Ireland Reporter

June 26 2017, The Times

All women in Ireland should have access to 20-week anomaly scans, a report on abortion reform will recommend.

Universal standards in maternity services are understood to be among additional recommendations included in Ms Justice Mary Laffoy’s report, which is due this week.

Continued at source: The Times: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/abortion-report-by-citizens-assembly-demands-20-week-anomaly-scans-p29zvt35p

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Ireland: ‘Abortions were denied to women at suicide risk’

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‘Abortions were denied to women at suicide risk’

Harris pledges quick action on referendum
Ellen Coyne, Senior Ireland Reporter

June 20 2017, The Times

Two women who had attempted suicide more than once were turned down for abortions in Ireland, a support group has said.

Both women were immigrants who needed visas if they were going to travel to the UK for a legal termination. One of the pregnancies had been diagnosed with a fatal foetal abnormality.

Continued at source: The Times: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/ireland/abortions-refused-after-several-suicide-bids-xlxq0k8r7#

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Ireland must deal with abortion issue ‘definitively’, says Health Minister

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Ireland must deal with abortion issue 'definitively', says Health Minister
Tuesday 20th June 2017

Health Minister Simon Harris says Ireland must deal with abortion "definitively", after two women who had attempted suicide more than once were refused abortions in Ireland.

The Abortion Support Network says the women were both immigrants who needed visas if they were going to travel to the UK for a legal termination.

One of the pregnancies had been diagnosed with a fatal foetal abnormality.

Last night, Minister Harris said that he would make all possible resources available to draft legislation for a referendum on the issue.

Continued at source: WLR-FM: http://www.wlrfm.com/news/national/118035-ireland-must-deal-with-abortion-issue-definitively-says-health-minister.html

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Ireland: Varadkar announces abortion referendum for next year

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Varadkar announces abortion referendum for next year
15 Jun 2017
Kenneth Fox

Simon Harris will be responsible for bringing forward the legislation

Amidst the news of a new Taoisech in the Dáil and the announcement of his Cabinet, the news that Leo Varadkar had confirmed an abortion referendum, seemed to slip through the cracks.

Yesterday he confirmed that the referendum will take place sometime next year.

He said Health Minister Simon Harris would be responsible for bringing forward legislation to allow for the referendum on the eight amendment, which gives an equal right to life to the mother and the unborn.

Continued at link: NewsTalk: http://www.newstalk.com/Varadkar-announces-abortion-referendum-for-next-year-

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Ireland: State shelves cash aid plan in abortion cases

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State shelves cash aid plan in abortion cases
Department won't pay to repatriate remains in cases of fatal foetal abnormality

Mark O'Regan

April 2 2017 2:30 AM

Women who have UK abortions involving a fatal foetal abnormality will not have the remains repatriated to Ireland at the State's expense.

Last year, the Department of Health said such a proposal was receiving active consideration following the high-profile case of Amanda Mellet.

The Irishwoman made headlines worldwide after the UN found she suffered discrimination, plus cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, having been forced to travel to the UK to terminate a pregnancy. Her foetus had been diagnosed as having a fatal abnormality.

Continued at source: The Independent: http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/state-shelves-cash-aid-plan-in-abortion-cases-35585951.html

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Ireland offers £25,000 to woman forced to have abortion in the UK

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In June, the UN Human Rights Committee ruled Ireland’s abortion laws subjected Amanda Mellet to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment

by Alexandra Sims
Thursday 1 December 2016, The Independent

Ireland has for the first time compensated a woman who was forced to travel to Britain to have an abortion.

The government agreed on Wednesday to offer Amanda Mellet €30,000 (£25,000 ) in compensation after she was forced to fly to England to terminate her pregnancy in 2011 when she was told at 21-weeks pregnant her baby carried a fatal foetal impairment and would not survive outside the womb.

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Source: The Independent

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Ireland: ‘Dangerous’ pregnancy advice clinics face regulation

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Ellen Coyne

November 18 2016, The Times

Bogus crisis pregnancy agencies are set to be outlawed after the government last night committed to a major overhaul of how abortion information is regulated.

It is the first time a government has moved to shut down crisis pregnancy agencies which give inaccurate or misleading advice. It follows an investigation by The Times that exposed a clinic run by a Catholic anti-abortion group claiming that terminations could cause breast cancer and turn women into child abusers. The Women’s Centre on Berkeley Street in Dublin is now at the centre of a gardai investigation.

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Source: The Times

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Ireland: Simon Harris to meet attorney general over ‘misleading’ abortion clinic claims

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Photo: Irish Health Minister Simon Harris, Irish Examiner

Wednesday, September 07, 2016
By Fiachra Ó Cionnaith, Irish Examiner

Health Minister Simon Harris is set to meet the attorney general to clamp down on abortion clinics which give “misleading” information after it emerged that one pro-life group claimed the procedure could turn parents into child abusers.

He confirmed he is planning to discuss potential licensing and regulation of the groups with the State’s legal adviser, adding that he would “encourage” anyone affected to contact gardaí under existing laws.

On Monday, the Ireland edition of The Times revealed that a Dublin-based pro-life organisation had advised an undercover reporter seeking an abortion that the procedure could lead to breast cancer due to links with ovarian cancer and the impact of an abortion.

The same counsellor also alleged that in some cases parents who have an abortion can become child abusers by either neglecting their future children or giving them too much attention.

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Source: Irish Examiner

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