Ireland – Latest: Taoiseach ‘hiding truth about abortion proposal’, says Love Both campaign

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Latest: Taoiseach 'hiding truth about abortion proposal', says Love Both campaign

Apr 22, 2018

The Love Both campaign has today accused Taoiseach Leo Varadkar of keeping the public in the dark about what repeal of the Eighth Amendment would mean.

This weekend, the Taoiseach claimed that if the referendum passed, it "does not mean there will be no restrictions".

Continued: http://www.eveningecho.ie/nationalnews/Latest-Taoiseach-hiding-truth-about-abortion-proposal-says-Love-Both-campaign-13dcbd10-85b8-4917-9d7a-887e6a3d5b25-ds

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Varadkar backs Yes vote saying Ireland should ‘trust women and trust doctors’

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Varadkar backs Yes vote saying Ireland should ‘trust women and trust doctors’

April 21, 2018
Aine McMahon

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has hit out at claims by the No side in the abortion referendum campaign.

Mr Varadkar said if the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution is repealed, the Government will introduce a safe, regulated doctor-led system in Ireland.

The Eighth Amendment was inserted into the Constitution after a referendum in 1983. The amendment guarantees to protect as far as practicable the equal right to life of the unborn and the mother. It prohibits abortion in almost all cases. Voters go to the polls on May 25th to decide whether or not to remove the provision from the Constitution and introduce legislation allowing for abortion in certain circumstances and without restriction in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/varadkar-backs-yes-vote-saying-ireland-should-trust-women-and-trust-doctors-1.3469913

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Ireland – Taoiseach to launch campaign for pro-repeal FG members

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Taoiseach to launch campaign for pro-repeal FG members
Leo Varadkar to hold an event calling for a ‘Yes’ vote in Eighth Amendment referendum

Tue, Apr 17, 2018
Sarah Bardon Political Reporter

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is to launch a campaign for Fine Gael members in favour of repealing the Eighth Amendment.

Mr Varadkar and a number of senior Ministers will hold an event this weekend outlining why they believe people should vote “Yes” in the forthcoming referendum on the Amendment.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/taoiseach-to-launch-campaign-for-pro-repeal-fg-members-1.3464898

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Ireland’s government approves abortion referendum bill

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Ireland's government approves abortion referendum bill
Ministers agree wording for vote on repeal of ‘eighth amendment’ which enshrines abortion ban

Henry McDonald in Dublin and Harriet Sherwood
Thu 8 Mar 2018

The Irish government has agreed the wording of a national referendum on abortion to be held by the end of May which could radically transform the lives of thousands of women and signal a further loosening of the grip of the Catholic church.

The cabinet, meeting on International Women’s Day, approved a bill on Thursday allowing the long-anticipated referendum to go ahead.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/mar/08/irelands-government-approves-bill-paving-way-for-abortion-referendum

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Ireland – Poll shows strong support in favour of abortion referendum – but ’12 week’ proposal splits public

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Poll shows strong support in favour of abortion referendum - but '12 week' proposal splits public

Philip Ryan
February 18 2018

There is strong support in favour of a referendum to repeal the Eighth Amendment, according to a poll.

The Kantar Millward Brown poll, in today's Sunday Independent, finds a strong support in favour of a referendum to repeal the Eighth Amendment, with 63pc in favour.

Continued: https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/politics/poll-shows-strong-support-in-favour-of-abortion-referendum-but-12-week-proposal-splits-public-36615455.html

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Youth on both sides mobilise ahead of Irish abortion referendum

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Youth on both sides mobilise ahead of Irish abortion referendum

Text by Catherine BENNETT
Latest update : 2018-02-13

As Ireland prepares to hold a May referendum on the Irish constitution’s anti-abortion amendment, the youth vote is front and centre of the debate – and young activists on both sides are gearing up for a fight.

A previous national referendum in 1983 approved the Irish constitution’s Eighth Amendment, which recognised an unborn child’s right to life. Women who have an abortion in Ireland can face up to 14 years in prison – leading thousands of women each year to seek to terminate their pregnancies in England and Wales.

Continued: http://www.france24.com/en/20180212-youth-both-sides-mobilise-ireland-abortion-referendum-eighth-amendment

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Ireland: Varadkar: More liberal abortion law unlikely

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Varadkar: More liberal abortion law unlikely

Ellen Coyne, Senior Ireland Reporter
February 12 2018, The Times

Irish politicians would be unlikely to pass a more liberal abortion law than access up to 12 weeks of a pregnancy, Leo Varadkar said yesterday.

The taoiseach does not think politicians would be “cavalier” about passing an even more liberal law without first going through a cumbersome process and consulting with the people.

Continued; https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/d-il-will-not-be-cavalier-on-abortion-law-7kshq2rpx

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Varadkar on changing abortion stance: ‘Things aren’t as black and white as they appear in your 20s’

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Varadkar on changing abortion stance: 'Things aren't as black and white as they appear in your 20s'
He said today that he is of the view that the Eighth Amendment “harms women”.

Feb 11, 2018

TAOISEACH LEO VARADKAR has said that he came to change his mind on the issue of abortion through a combination of life experience and realising “things aren’t as black and white as they appear in your 20s”.

Speaking on RTÉ’s This Week programme, the Fine Gael leader was asked about the upcoming referendum on the Eighth Amendment, Brexit and the National Development Plan.

Continued: http://www.thejournal.ie/leo-varadkar-4-3846268-Feb2018/

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Ireland: Varadkar will have a fight on his hands to pass 12-weeks legislation

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Varadkar will have a fight on his hands to pass 12-weeks legislation
Even if abortion referendum passes, Dáil will be another battleground

Feb 3, 2018
Pat Leahy

A third in favour, a third against and a third that has yet to declare its hand. That is, roughly, how the Dáil looks when it comes to the proposal to legalise abortion on request up to 12 weeks.

The survey of TDs’ attitudes cannot be taken as the definitive word on their voting intentions. The legislation has yet to be published. It may never come before the Dáil, if the referendum is defeated. If it passes, the political context within which these decisions are made will be changed. And people will change their minds; many of them will change them more than once.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/varadkar-will-have-a-fight-on-his-hands-to-pass-12-weeks-legislation-1.3378194

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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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