Abortion: Micheál Martin’s decisive intervention


Abortion: Micheál Martin’s decisive intervention
Fianna Fáil leader’s initiative is a political risk as a significant number of party members will have been taken aback by it

Sat, Jan 20, 2018

The announcement by Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin that he will back the removal of the Eighth Amendment from the Constitution and support unrestricted abortion up to 12 weeks is a courageous move.

Given that a significant proportion of his parliamentary party takes a very different view of the issue, his decisive intervention in the debate surprised many people. Some of his own TDs and senators were stunned by Martin’s speech in the Dáil, particularly as he had not given any warning of his intentions.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/editorial/abortion-miche%C3%A1l-martin-s-decisive-intervention-1.3361566

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Ireland: Government set to accept abortion committee’s recommendations


Government set to accept abortion committee’s recommendations
Taoiseach advises against straying too far from proposals to repeal Eighth Amendment
Jan 16, 2018

Sarah Bardon, Pat Leahy, Fiach Kelly

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has signalled for the first time that the Government will accept the recommendations of the Oireachtas committee on the Eighth Amendment.

This means that legislation will be prepared to allow for abortion on request up to 12 weeks into a pregnancy. The proposed legislation will be brought before the Dáil if a referendum on liberalising Ireland’s abortion laws is passed this summer.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/government-set-to-accept-abortion-committee-s-recommendations-1.3356674

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Ireland: Leo Varadkar’s shifting view on abortion will be key to campaign


Leo Varadkar’s shifting view on abortion will be key to campaign
‘I consider myself to be pro-life in that I accept that the unborn child is a human life with rights,’ Taoiseach told Dáil in 2014, but also said Eighth Amendment was ‘too restrictive’

Jan 11, 2018
Pat Leahy

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar on Wednesday again declined to give his views on the report of the Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment, which has recommended legislating for abortion on request up to 12 weeks. However, several Fine Gael sources, including some who have discussed the issue with the Taoiseach, expect that he will back the proposals, joining the seven cabinet ministers who have so far expressed their support.

Continued at source: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/leo-varadkar-s-shifting-view-on-abortion-will-be-key-to-campaign-1.3351288

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Ireland: Concern that abortion proposal a step too far – Varadkar


Concern that abortion proposal a step too far - Varadkar
Wednesday, 10 Jan 2018

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said there is concern among many politicians that the proposal to allow abortions in Ireland without restrictions up to 12 weeks may go one step too far for the majority of the public.

Mr Varadkar said this recommendation went further than he and many people would have anticipated a year or two ago.

Continued at source: https://www.rte.ie/news/ireland/2018/0110/932212-eighth-amendment-abortion/

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Ireland: Varadkar defends comments on UK abortion journeys


Varadkar defends comments on UK abortion journeys

Philip Ryan
October 15 2017

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has defended comparing woman travelling to the UK for abortions to people who travel to Amsterdam and Las Vegas to take part in activities which are not legal in Ireland.

In a 2010 interview in the Sunday Independent's LIFE magazine, Mr Varadkar was asked if he believed it was a double standard to force thousands of woman to travel to the UK and elsewhere for abortions.

The Taoiseach replied: "I don't think that's double standards. People travel overseas to do things overseas that aren't legal in Ireland all the time.

Continued at source: http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/politics/varadkar-defends-comments-on-uk-abortion-journeys-36227952.html

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Ireland’s abortion debate will be next year’s big culture war


Ireland’s abortion debate will be next year’s big culture war

Ed Power
13 October 2017

If you’re fed up with endless bickering over Brexit, spare a thought for the citizens of Ireland. The government here recently announced plans for a new referendum on abortion, currently prohibited by the Constitution with a few limited exceptions.

So the starting pistol has been fired on what is sure to be twelve months of hyperventilating hipsters, jangling rosary beads and a stampede from both the pro-choice and pro-life lobbies towards the moral high ground. The majority of the population – broadly in favour of a liberalisation of the law but against abortion in all circumstances – is already donning figurative hard hats and bracing for the worst.

Continued at source: https://blogs.spectator.co.uk/2017/10/irelands-abortion-debate-will-be-next-years-big-culture-war/

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The Fight for Abortions in Ireland


The Fight for Abortions in Ireland

As the country prepares to hold a referendum on abortion, religiously-motivated opposition to it may be on the wane.

Yasmeen Serhan
Oct 3, 2017 Global

Tens of thousands of people gathered in Dublin Saturday for the annual March for Choice, a demonstration calling on Ireland’s government to ease its near-total abortion ban. It was the first major rally organized by pro-choice advocates since the government announced an upcoming referendum: Next summer, the country will vote on whether it should change its abortion laws. The advocates told me that if the referendum works out in their favor, they may not have to organize any more marches.

But it’s not yet clear how likely the laws are to change, or even what changes will be proposed. The exact wording of the vote is not expected to be determined before December.

Continued at source: https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2017/10/ireland-abortion-referendum/541527/

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Ireland: Zappone: public would reject full liberalisation of abortion laws


Zappone: public would reject full liberalisation of abortion laws
Minister for Children says she wants to encourage ‘conversations’ in run-up to referendum

Fri, Sep 29, 2017
Mary Minihan

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone has said she believes the public would not support a referendum proposing the extensive liberalisation of Ireland’s abortion laws recommended by the Citizens’ Assembly.

Her comments come as the Coalition to Repeal the Eighth Amendment said it would oppose any “watering down” of the assembly recommendations, including the recommendation of 64 per cent of its members that termination of pregnancy without restriction should be lawful.

Continued at source: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/zappone-public-would-reject-full-liberalisation-of-abortion-laws-1.3238976

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Ireland: Abortion referendum set for May or June of next year


Abortion referendum set for May or June of next year
Varadkar will bring indicative dates of various polls coinciding with elections to Cabinet

Sep 25, 2017
Mary Minihan

A referendum on the eighth amendment governing Ireland’s abortion laws is provisionally scheduled for either May or June 2018, according to a memorandum Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is bringing to Cabinet this week.

Indicative dates for upcoming referendums and future polls will be discussed by Ministers on Tuesday, with a number of votes possibly taking place on the same day as a presidential election.

Continued at source: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum-set-for-may-or-june-of-next-year-1.3232397

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Ireland: Ministers raise concerns over abortion poll


Ministers raise concerns over abortion poll
Saturday, September 16, 2017

By Fiachra Ó Cionnaith
Irish Examiner Political Correspondent

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and two of his ministers have questioned whether the Eighth Amendment referendum will be passed if it allows unrestricted access to abortion in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.

Mr Varadkar, Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald and Fine Gael’s deputy leader Simon Coveney said they doubt the vote will be backed by the public if the Citizens’ Assembly recommendation is included in any final referendum wording.

Continued at source: http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/ministers-raise-concerns-over-abortion-poll-459084.html

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