Ireland: Amnesty welcomes Sinn Féin Ard Fheis policy change on access to abortion

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Amnesty welcomes Sinn Féin Ard Fheis policy change on access to abortion
Nov 18, 2017

Amnesty International has welcomed today’s passing of a motion at Sinn Féin’s Ard Fheis which extends the party’s support for abortion access to when a woman or girl’s physical or mental health is at risk.

The motion also reasserts their opposition to the criminalisation of women who make the decision to have an abortion. It also commits the party to developing a women’s health policy, which takes into consideration the recommendations of the Citizens’ Assembly on access to abortion in the Republic of Ireland.

Continued at source: https://www.amnesty.org.uk/press-releases/amnesty-welcomes-sinn-fein-ard-fheis-policy-change-access-abortion

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Ireland: Sinn Féin vote against allowing ‘conscience vote’ on issue of abortion

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Latest: Sinn Féin vote against allowing 'conscience vote' on issue of abortion

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Sinn Féin have voted not to allow a 'conscience vote' on the issue of abortion.

Following a passionate, hour-long debate the Sinn Féin Ard Fheis passed a motion backing the repeal of the Eighth Amendment and supporting abortion in cases where pregnancy poses a risk to maternal health, including mental health.

Continued at source: http://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/ireland/latest-sinn-fein-vote-against-allowing-conscience-vote-on-issue-of-abortion-814777.html

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Ireland: Sinn Féin to vote on liberalising abortion stance

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Sinn Féin to vote on liberalising abortion stance
By Mark Devenport BBC News NI Political Editor

Nov 17, 2017

Sinn Féin members are set to vote on the possibility of liberalising the party's policy on abortion.

A motion will be put to allow abortions in cases when "a woman's life, health or mental health is at serious risk or in grave danger, fatal foetal abnormality and rape or sexual abuse".

Michelle O'Neill will back the motion which will set the party policy for both NI and the Republic of Ireland.

Continued at source: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-42024090

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Ireland: Sinn Féin TDs face abortion deadline at ardfheis

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Sinn Féin TDs face abortion deadline at ardfheis
SF will adopt a policy on the issue at the event – and members will be expected to toe that line

Nov 16, 2017
Fiach Kelly, Sarah Bardon

Sinn Féin’s political opponents often describe the party as a cult but, on one issue at least, it is just like all other parties: views among members on abortion are divided, from top to bottom.

Unlike Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil, however, Sinn Féin will adopt a policy on abortion at its ardfheis this weekend, and all TDs will have to toe the party line, no matter what they personally believe.

Continued at source: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/sinn-f%C3%A9in-tds-face-abortion-deadline-at-ardfheis-1.3293329

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Ireland: Sinn Féin TDs clash over abortion committee

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Sinn Féin TDs clash over abortion committee

Niamh Lyons, Ireland Political Editor
November 13 2017

A Sinn Féin TD has been publicly rebuked by a party colleague for his remarks about the Dáil’s Eighth Amendment committee.

Peadar Tóibín, who has previously called for his party to allow TDs a conscience vote on abortion, yesterday gave a personal view on the issue rather than the agreed stance of Sinn Féin.

Continued at source: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/ireland/sinn-fein-tds-clash-over-abortion-committee-qrrdsrx5p

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Ireland: Sinn Féin to amend its stance on abortion

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Sinn Féin to amend its stance on abortion
Party will expand position to include protecting the life and health of the mother

Nov 11, 2017
Sarah Bardon

Sinn Féin is to agree an amended position on abortion at its Ard Comhairle next Saturday, allowing for terminations when a mother’s health is at risk.

The party currently advocates for a repeal of the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution and enacting legislation to allow for abortion in cases of rape, incest and fatal foetal abnormality.

Continued at source: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/sinn-f%C3%A9in-to-amend-its-stance-on-abortion-1.3287524

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Ireland: Sinn Féin to settle party policy on abortion at ardfheis

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Sinn Féin to settle party policy on abortion at ardfheis
Leader Gerry Adams says his personal view is that it should be a woman’s right to choose

Nov 6, 2017
Fiach Kelly, Amanda Ferguson

Sinn Féin’s executive body is to table a motion at the party ardfheis later this month recommitting to a policy of allowing abortion in the case of rape, incest and fatal foetal abnormality ahead of next year’s referendum.

It is expected to be one of a number of motions on abortion at the event in Dublin’s RDS, and whatever is decided will settle party policy ahead of the referendum.

Continued at source: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/sinn-f%C3%A9in-to-settle-party-policy-on-abortion-at-ardfheis-1.3281024

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Ireland: Adams believes women should have right to abortion

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Adams believes women should have right to abortion
Sinn Féin leader says he can only support party position which urges repeal of Eighth Amendment

Sat, Nov 4, 2017
Amanda Ferguson

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has said his personal view is that it should be a woman’s right to choose whether to have an abortion.

The party has faced criticism from pro-choice activists for supporting a rights-based agenda in the Stormont talks but only extending its support for abortion reform in the cases or rape and fatal foetal abnormalities, which leads to views it only supports the rights of “worthy women”.

Continued at source: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/adams-believes-women-should-have-right-to-abortion-1.3280549

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Ireland: Differences on abortion expose deep divisions in Sinn Féin

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Differences on abortion expose deep divisions in Sinn Féin
Urban-rural divide among party members crystallises in relation to eighth amendment

Sat, Oct 21, 2017
Harry McGee

Thousands of people took part in the March for Choice in Dublin in September, a protest that was filled with banners of all types, but mostly from parties of the declared left.

Solidarity and People Before Profit were prominent. So, too, were the Labour Party, the Greens and the Social Democrats. However, the complete absence of leading Sinn Féin personalities, or, indeed, the party’s banners was striking.

Continued at source: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/differences-on-abortion-expose-deep-divisions-in-sinn-f%C3%A9in-1.3263362

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Ireland: Sinn Féin pressing ahead with campaign to repeal 8th Amendment

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Latest: Sinn Féin pressing ahead with campaign to repeal 8th Amendment
Monday, April 24, 2017

Update 3pm: Sinn Féin has said the Oireachtas should not be bound by the Citizens Assembly’s findings on abortion.

Health spokeswoman Louise O’Reilly says TDs should still have discretion to put forward their own policies on the subject.

The Assembly wants a referendum to give the Oireachtas the power to legislate on the subject, and then for laws to allow abortion in any circumstances up to 12 weeks.

Continued at link: http://www.wexfordecho.ie/2017/04/24/citizens-assembly-calls-to-legislate-for-abortion-politicians-need-to-do-as-they-say/

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