No abortion service being provided in four counties
Not a single GP in Sligo, Leitrim, Carlow and Offaly signs up to the new service
Sat, Jan 5, 2019
No abortions are being provided in Sligo, Leitrim, Carlow and Offaly because not a single GP in the four counties has signed up to the new service.
At the end of the first week since abortion became legal, the number of GPs who have agreed to perform medical abortions has risen to 200, from 187 on Wednesday.
Concerns as Irish abortion services start
By Leanna Byrne BBC News NI
3 January 2019
Seven months and nine days ago, 1.4 million people in Ireland voted to remove its anti-abortion laws.
What (Taoiseach) Irish PM Leo Varadkar called a "quiet revolution", had culminated with a day when the Eighth Amendment was repealed.
Irish Health Minister Simon Harris hailed the passing of the legislation as a "new era for Irish women".
Day on which abortion services become legal described as ‘historic day’ for Ireland
Department of Health and HSE websites updated to carry details on available services
Jan 1, 2019
Harry McGee Political Corresondent
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar was one of many public figures who on Tuesday welcomed the introduction of legal abortion services in Ireland.
Mr Varadkar said January 1st, 2019, would be marked as the day in which “abortion services become legally available in Ireland”.
Timeline: The history of abortion in Ireland
Ireland voted to repeal the Eighth Amendment in May of this year.
Dec 30. 2018
The amendment, which gave equal status to the life of the mother and the life of the unborn, was added to the Constitution in 1983. Some people had been campaigning for its removal from Bunreacht na hÉireann since then, while others fiercely defended it.
The country voted by 66.4% to 33.6% to remove the amendment, with over two million votes cast.
‘Increased abortion reality’ may follow its introduction - Ronán Mullen
Harris happy with level of preparedness to treat women ‘with care and compassion’
Mon, Dec 10, 2018
There were sharp exchanges in the Seanad debate on abortion legislation when Independent Senator Ronan Mullen questioned the truthfulness of the Minister for Health Simon Harris in turn accused the Senator of being “offensive”.
There was some heckling against Mr Mullen during the debate on terminations in emergency situations, as the Upper House considered committee stage amendments to the Health (Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy) Bill.
Irish parliament's lower house passes historic bill to legalise abortion
Politicians are racing to have law in place by January
Dec 5, 2018
The lower house of Ireland's parliament has passed historic legislation to make abortion legal for the first time, after members voted overwhelmingly in favour at the stroke of midnight on Wednesday.
The bill put before the lower house, the Dáil, would legalise free access to abortion up to 12 weeks. After that, it would permit abortion only in cases where the woman was at risk of serious harm or death, or where a doctor has given a diagnosis of a fatal foetal abnormality.
Miriam Lord: It’s like the abortion referendum never happened
Mattie McGrath blew a gasket at suggestions he might have been filibustering
Dec 5, 2018
And once more, all the issues which have already been examined and discussed inside out and upside down in both houses of the Oireachtas and in various committee rooms will be discussed for as long as certain Senators can possibly make it until the Bill finally passes into law.
But there was going to be no rehashing in the Seanad until certain TDs had rehashed themselves to a procedural standstill in the Dáil. They had no intention of going quietly.
Court refusal clears the way for change in abortion law
Lise Hand, Aaron Rogan
September 8 2018
Leo Varadkar has confirmed that abortion will be available in Ireland in January after the Supreme Court cleared the way for the law to the changed.
The court yesterday refused to hear a further appeal by a Dublin woman to challenge the abortion referendum result. It said Joanna Jordan’s grounds of appeal were “unstateable” and based on “flimsy” evidence.
Supreme Court clears way for abortion law
Government ‘on track’ to have legislation through in the next parliamentary session
Fri, Sep 7, 2018
Mary Carolan, Pat Leahy
President Michael D Higgins is expected to sign the abortion referendum bill into law next week, deleting the constitutional ban on abortion and paving the way for the government to introduce legislation allowing for abortion to the Dáil in the coming weeks.
The Supreme Court on Friday decided that there were no grounds to hear an appeal of a decision by the Court of Appeal last month which upheld the High Court’s rejection of a challenge to the abortion referendum result.
Pope Francis' visit to Ireland: Holy Father will find a changed country - from abortion to homosexuality
The Ireland Pope Francis will see is very, very different to the one John Paul II was greeted with when he visited the country in 1979.
by Michael McHugh & Jo-Anne Rowney
24 Aug 2018
The last time a Pope visited Ireland was 1979.
More than 90 percent of people were Catholic, now it is down to less than 80 per cent.
But that's not all that's changed since then.