Ireland – Draft abortion referendum law agreed by Irish cabinet

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Draft abortion referendum law agreed by Irish cabinet

20 February 2018

The Irish cabinet has agreed draft legislation on a referendum to repeal the constitution's eighth amendment on abortion. The amendment, introduced in 1983, gives an equal right to life to a pregnant woman and an unborn child.

Ireland is to hold a referendum this year on whether to change the country's abortion laws, which are among Europe's strictest. The draft legislation sets the process in motion.

Continued: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-43129019

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Ireland – Abortion vote moves step closer as cabinet prepares policy paper

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Abortion vote moves step closer as cabinet prepares policy paper

Jennifer Bray, Ireland Deputy Political Editor
February 19 2018

Plans for a referendum on repealing the Eighth Amendment will be set in motion by the Irish government at a cabinet meeting tomorrow.

Simon Harris, the health minister, will bring a memo forward containing the heads of a new bill to provide the legislative grounds for a vote in late May or early June.

It is expected that the full bill will be published early next month and that the government will publish a policy paper at the same time that will detail the laws it intends to bring in if the ban on abortion is repealed.

Continued: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/abortion-vote-moves-step-closer-as-cabinet-prepares-policy-paper-zlbxzjmfx

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Ireland: HSE will ‘remain neutral’ on abortion debate, says health chief

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HSE will ‘remain neutral’ on abortion debate, says health chief
Committee hears of HSE staff member using official paper to correspond on issue

Feb 7, 2018
Martin Wall

The HSE will take no position in the forthcoming referendum on abortion and will remain neutral, its director general has said.

Tony O’Brien told the Oireachtas health committee that a member of staff who used official notepaper to send correspondence to Oireachtas members urging opposition to repeal of the Eighth Amendment had been met with and taken through the appropriate procedures.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/health/hse-will-remain-neutral-on-abortion-debate-says-health-chief-1.3383233

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Ireland: Medical professionals will be able to object to providing terminations

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Medical professionals will be able to object to providing terminations
GPs, obstetricians and gynaecologists will be allowed to conscientiously object

Feb 7, 2018
Sarah Bardon

Medical professionals will be able to object to the administration of terminations under Government proposals.

Minister for Health Simon Harris has confirmed he will allow for GPs, obstetricians and gynaecologists to conscientiously object to providing terminations in medical settings. The Government is seeking to introduce legislation to allow for abortions up to 12 weeks and believes this should be a service led by GPs.

However those representing GPs are critical of the lack of engagement by Mr Harris on the proposed legislation.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/medical-professionals-will-be-able-to-object-to-providing-terminations-1.3382792

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Ireland: Abortion: Taoiseach defends 12-week plan amid Cabinet split

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Abortion: Taoiseach defends 12-week plan amid Cabinet split
Leo Varadkar, Minister for Health Simon Harris and nine other Ministers support the 12-week proposal

Feb 6, 2018
Sarah Bardon

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has defended the Government’s proposals to legislate for abortions up to 12 weeks in light of criticism of the measures by Tánaiste Simon Coveney.

Mr Coveney has outlined his difficulties in legislating for unrestricted access to terminations in the first trimester of pregnancy.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-taoiseach-defends-12-week-plan-amid-cabinet-split-1.3381941

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Ireland: ‘It’s going to be divisive’: FG members remain split on abortion

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‘It’s going to be divisive’: FG members remain split on abortion
Party’s female politicians tend to back reform, but rural representatives have concerns

Feb 5, 2018
Harry McGee

For weeks, even months, in Leinster House, the abortion issue has dominated discussion within Fine Gael so much that little else has got a look-in.

But if you step outside its ornate wrought-iron gates and travel south to liberal Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown, or to the mixed political terrain of Co Wicklow and across the country to conservative counties such as Sligo and Leitrim, is it the same? Are councillors and party members quite as engaged as their TDs and Senators?

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/it-s-going-to-be-divisive-fg-members-remain-split-on-abortion-1.3379685

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Ireland: Tánaiste ‘united with the Cabinet’ on abortion referendum

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Tánaiste ‘united with the Cabinet’ on abortion referendum
Coveney says referendum is once in a generation chance and a ‘no result will mean nothing can change’

Sun, Feb 4, 2018
Marie O'Halloran

Tánaiste Simon Coveney has insisted he is united with the Cabinet and will campaign for a Yes vote to repeal and replace the Eighth Amendment on abortion. He said the referendum is a once in a generation chance and a “no result will mean nothing can change”.

Mr Coveney was responding following a challenge from Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin who said that if there was an alternative to the Oireachtas committee’s recommendation “there’s an obligation to publish that alternative, to formulate it precisely and clearly so that there would be clarity about what people are saying”.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/t%C3%A1naiste-united-with-the-cabinet-on-abortion-referendum-1.3379720

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Ireland: Tánaiste’s declaration adds a new dynamic to abortion debate

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Tánaiste’s declaration adds a new dynamic to abortion debate
Analysis: Simon Coveney’s intervention has focused attention on the unborn

Feb 2, 2018
Pat Leahy

Simon Coveney’s declaration that he is in favour of repeal of the Eighth Amendment but against abortion on request up to 12 weeks is a significant intervention in the referendum debate.

While the Tánaiste spoke forcefully on and will campaign for repeal of the constitutional ban on abortion, his indication that he would seek to amend the proposed legislation which would follow the referendum – if it is passed – caught TDs by surprise and worried some pro-repeal ministers. It annoyed some of them, too.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/t%C3%A1naiste-s-declaration-adds-a-new-dynamic-to-abortion-debate-1.3377101

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Ireland: Mixed views after Cabinet agrees to vote on replacing Eighth

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Mixed views after Cabinet agrees to vote on replacing Eighth
Reaction: Harris says suggesting that women would abort disabled child is offensive

Jan 30, 2018
Vivienne Clarke

It is offensive to suggest that Irish women would seek an abortion to avoid having a child with a disability, Minister for Health Simon Harris has said.

Mr Harris pointed out that the Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment had voted specifically to avoid disability as grounds for abortion.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/mixed-views-after-cabinet-agrees-to-vote-on-replacing-eighth-1.3373571

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Irish health minister defends abortion ban referendum

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Irish health minister defends abortion ban referendum

The Associated Press
Gregory Katz
January 30, 2018

LONDON — Irish women are having abortions regardless of a near-total constitutional ban on terminating pregnancies, the country’s health minister said Tuesday in defence of a planned referendum that will ask voters whether the amendment should be repealed.

Health Minister Simon Harris said on Ireland’s RTE television that he is beginning work on a proposed abortion law that would be submitted to parliament if the May referendum removes the constitutional ban. The legislation would allow abortions during the first trimester, he said.

Continued: http://nationalpost.com/pmn/news-pmn/irish-health-minister-working-on-proposed-new-abortion-law

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