Ireland – No abortion legislation until all court challenges have ended

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No abortion legislation until all court challenges have ended
Minister for Health plans to publish legislation in early July regardless of court actions

June 14, 2018
Sarah Bardon

The Government cannot introduce legislation to allow for abortion services until all court challenges to the result of the referendum on the Eighth Amendment are concluded, The Irish Times has learned.

The referendum, which paved the way for liberalising the State’s strict abortion laws, was passed by a near two-to-one majority last month, but there have been a number of court challenges to the result.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/no-abortion-legislation-until-all-court-challenges-have-ended-1.3529605

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Ireland – Government not ‘legally able’ to introduce abortion Bill, Harris says

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Government not ‘legally able’ to introduce abortion Bill, Harris says
Attorney General says law cannot be considered by Oireachtas until challenges dealt with

June 14, 2018
Sarah Bardon Political Reporter

The Government may not be able to introduce legislation to regulate the termination of pregnancy until the autumn, Minister for Health Simon Harris has said.

Speaking on Thursday, Mr Harris said he had received clear legal advice from Attorney General Séamus Woulfe stating that the law to implement the result on the referendum on the Eighth Amendment cannot be considered by the Oireachtas until all court challenges to the outcome have concluded.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/government-not-legally-able-to-introduce-abortion-bill-harris-says-1.3530823

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Ireland – GPs must be allowed decide for themselves whether to offer abortion

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GPs must be allowed decide for themselves whether to offer abortion
One group representing family doctors met in Portlaoise to discuss formal response to abortion referendum

Sat, Jun 9, 2018
Brian Hutton

Family doctors will tell the government they must be allowed decide for themselves whether to offer abortion or not.

The National Association of General Practitioners (NAGP), which says it represents 2,500 of Ireland’s 3,500 GPs, has agreed “overwhelmingly” to demand an “opt-in” approach to providing pregnancy terminations.

It also estimates eight in ten GPs would choose not to opt-in under such a system.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/health/gps-must-be-allowed-decide-for-themselves-whether-to-offer-abortion-1.3525458

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Ireland – GPs group calls on Harris to ensure doctors must ‘opt in’ to provide abortion services

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GPs group calls on Harris to ensure doctors must 'opt in' to provide abortion services
The NAGP passed a series of motions after an emergency meeting today following the result of the referendum.

June 9, 2018

THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION of General Practitioners (NAGP) have held an emergency meeting to discuss the outcome of the Eighth Amendment referendum, and passed motions calling for an “opt-in” provision for doctors to provide abortion services.

The NAGP have also called for a conscientious objection provision to be inserted into any legislation passed by government in the wake of the referendum result.

Continued: http://www.thejournal.ie/abortion-services-gps-4057863-Jun2018/

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Ireland – Abortion and Love

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Abortion and Love
Ireland’s wildly successful movement to repeal the Eighth Amendment has given us a new way to frame reproductive rights.

By Katha Pollitt
June 7, 2018

“There must be a way to make abortion rights be about love,” the journalist Anthea McTeirnan said to me when we met in Dublin in 2015, just before Ireland’s referendum on marriage equality. Same-sex marriage was going to win big, she believed, because the campaign was all about love and compassion and inclusion, not just abstract legal rights. People could see that their friends and neighbors and relatives simply wanted to express their commitment to their partners the way straight people do. The campaign reflected that spirit, full of joy and humor; its guiding spirit was the sweet and popular drag queen and bar owner Panti Bliss. And, as it turned out, McTeirnan was right: That May, the referendum won by 62 to 38 percent, making Ireland the first country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage through a popular vote.

Continued: https://www.thenation.com/article/abortion-and-love/

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Ireland – Eighth Amendment challenges ‘will not delay legislation’

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Eighth Amendment challenges ‘will not delay legislation’
Government sources insist such actions were expected and will not ‘derail’ plans

June 6, 2018
Fiach Kelly, Mary Carolan

Potential legal challenges to the result of the referendum on the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution will not delay the passage of legislation to give effect to Ireland’s new abortion regime, Government sources say.

Three separate applications have been initiated seeking permission to bring petitions challenging the result of last month’s referendum. It saw a landslide vote of 66.4 per cent in favour of repealing the Eighth Amendment.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/eighth-amendment-challenges-will-not-delay-legislation-1.3520537

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Ireland – GPs warn of potential errors with abortion scans service

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GPs warn of potential errors with abortion scans service

Eilish O'Regan
June 4 2018

Ultrasound machines used by GPs to examine women seeking a medical abortion need to be reliable, otherwise there is a risk of a reading error similar to mistakes made by CervicalCheck, a leading GP has warned.

Dr John O'Brien, president of the Irish College of General Practitioners (ICGP), said the provision of ultrasound machines used to date a pregnancy is one of the many areas that must be worked out before services to provide abortion up to 12 weeks of pregnancy are ready.

Continued: https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/health/gps-warn-of-potential-errors-with-abortion-scans-service-36974092.html

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Ireland – Government opposes disability amendments in abortion Bill

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Government opposes disability amendments in abortion Bill
‘Disability is not a ground for abortion under the draft law and will not become one’

Sun, Jun 3, 2018
Pat Leahy

The Government will not accept amendments to the forthcoming abortion legislation which seek to stipulate that disability is prohibited as a ground for abortion.

Senior Government figures insist that disability is “absolutely” not a ground for terminations in the draft proposals, and attempts to alter the legislation published before the referendum will be resisted.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/government-opposes-disability-amendments-in-abortion-bill-1.3518356

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Ireland – Abortion provision is threatened by austerity

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Abortion provision is threatened by austerity
Funding cuts are making GPs wary of providing terminations under new plans

June 1, 2018
Mary Favier

The removal of the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution on May 25th guarantees improvements in the healthcare that can be delivered to Irish women and girls. The proposal to allow for unrestricted access to abortion up to 12 weeks has been given a clear mandate, with the Irish people voting two to one in favour.

It is reasonable to conclude that Irish general practitioners, reflecting the views of the electorate, were also largely in favour; indeed it could be argued that they will have been more likely to be pro-repeal as they provide healthcare to people who are pregnant and sometimes this involves crisis pregnancies.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/abortion-provision-is-threatened-by-austerity-1.3515220

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Ireland – State may cover travel costs in fatal foetal abnormality cases

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State may cover travel costs in fatal foetal abnormality cases
Minister told support group he was committed to finding an interim solution pending new law

June 1, 2018
Sarah Bardon Political Reporter

The State may cover the cost for couples who choose to travel to the United Kingdom for a termination when they receive a diagnosis of a fatal foetal abnormality.

Minister for Health Simon Harris met with members of the group Terminations for Medical Reasons on Friday to discuss how such a system could be operated.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/state-may-cover-travel-costs-in-fatal-foetal-abnormality-cases-1.3516719

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