Ireland – 200 amendments but only one is passed as abortion debate rages on

200 amendments but only one is passed as abortion debate rages on

Ellen Coyne, Senior Ireland Reporter
November 9 2018

After three days of intense debate that was often impassioned and deeply personal, only one of 180 amendments to the abortion bill was accepted.

Simon Harris, the health minister, added a clause that will mean the bill legalising terminations will be reviewed after five years. However, that will be shortened to three years at a later stage. The legislation was being examined by a select health committee.

Continued: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/200-amendments-but-only-one-is-passed-as-abortion-debate-rages-on-crvnpf8jr

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Simon Harris expected to compromise on number of changes in Abortion Bill

Simon Harris expected to compromise on number of changes in Abortion Bill

Friday, November 09, 2018
By Elaine Loughlin, Political Correspondent

Health Minister Simon Harris is expected to reach compromise on a number of changes put forward to the Abortion Bill.

The Termination of Pregnancy Bill passed Committee stage this week, however, Mr Harris will meet members of the Health Committee on Tuesday to thrash out a significant number of amendments which he promised to review before the Bill goes to Report stage.

Continued: https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/ireland/simon-harris-expected-to-compromise-on-number-of-changes-in-abortion-bill-884446.html

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Harris under pressure to ease abortion restrictions

Harris under pressure to ease abortion restrictions

Ellen Coyne, Senior Ireland Reporter
November 1 2018

Simon Harris has come under pressure from a prominent pro-choice TD to lift strict requirements for women who need abortions.

Kate O’Connell, the Fine Gael TD, has tabled amendments to the health minister’s abortion bill including one that would lift a requirement for women to be examined by a medical professional before they can have a termination.

Continued: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/harris-under-pressure-to-ease-abortion-restrictions-j6v35nxpb

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Harris requests committee meeting over abortion legislation

Harris requests committee meeting over abortion legislation

Thursday, 18 Oct 2018
By Ailbhe Conneely, RTÉ News Political reporter

The Minister for Health has written to the Oireachtas committee responsible for examining amendments to the abortion legislation, requesting it meet at the earliest convenience.

Committee stage of the Regulation of the Termination of Pregnancy legislation will be overseen by the Health Committee.

Continued: https://www.rte.ie/news/politics/2018/1018/1005114-abortion-legislation-dail/

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Waiting times, deadlines and objections: Issues before abortion introduced

Waiting times, deadlines and objections: Issues before abortion introduced

Updated / Sunday, 14 Oct 2018
By Ailbhe Conneely, RTÉ News Political reporter

When the Government promised a referendum on the Eighth Amendment last year few would have predicted that Ministers would hope to establish abortion services in Ireland by next January.

Legislation allowing for terminations in Ireland was introduced in the Dáil just over a week ago. But it is uncertain whether the Government will meet that timeline.

Continued: https://www.rte.ie/news/analysis-and-comment/2018/1012/1002851-abortion-delays-objections/

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Ireland – Bill to legalise abortion services introduced in Dáil

Bill to legalise abortion services introduced in Dáil

Thursday, 4 Oct 2018
By Ailbhe Conneely, RTÉ News Political reporter

The Minister for Health has introduced the Regulation of the Termination of Pregnancy Bill in the Dáil, which seeks to legalise abortion services in Ireland.

Simon Harris said legislators in the national parliament hold a privileged position, especially when acting on the instruction of the people in a referendum.

Continued: https://www.rte.ie/news/politics/2018/1004/1000958-abortion/

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Ireland – Three day wait for medical abortion is set out in new law

Three day wait for medical abortion is set out in new law

Eilish O'Regan
October 1 2018

The controversial “three day” rule which will apply to women seeking a medical abortion up to twelve weeks of pregnancy is included in new legislation published today.

The clause is part of the Health (Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy) Bill which comes before the Dáil this week and aims to extend the grounds for abortion following the repeal of the Eighth Amendment.

Continued: https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/health/three-day-wait-for-medical-abortion-is-set-out-in-new-law-37373163.html

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Ireland – Clinics ‘shunned’ over abortion legislation meetings

Clinics ‘shunned’ over abortion legislation meetings

Ellen Coyne, Senior Ireland Reporter
September 27 2018

Non-profit women’s health clinics have expressed frustration amid claims that they have been left out of plans to provide access to abortion in Ireland.

The Irish Family Planning Association (IFPA) and the Well Woman Centre have indicated that they have the expertise to provide abortions at up to nine weeks’ gestation. They have not been included, however, in meetings between the Department of Health and medical experts preparing for the legalisation of abortion next January.

Continued: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/clinics-shunned-over-abortion-legislation-meetings-0c0663kmj

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Ireland – Simon Harris includes new funds for abortion bill to meet its pledges

Simon Harris includes new funds for abortion bill to meet its pledges

Ellen Coyne, Senior Ireland Reporter
September 24 2018

Resources for abortion services, including improved ultrasound scan services in maternity hospitals, will be included in this year’s budget, The Times understands.

Simon Harris, the health minister, will join on Saturday a March for Choice, the first since the referendum in May, when voters supported an end to the ban.

Continued: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/simon-harris-includes-new-funds-for-abortion-bill-to-meet-its-pledges-n6kctwq2d

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Harris: Abortion services will be in place by January

Harris: Abortion services will be in place by January
The Health Minister says they are on track to deliver on time following the referendum in May.

Friday, September 21, 2018

The Health Minister Simon Harris has confirmed women will have to wait three days for abortions once they have seen their GP under the new legislation.

The wait period has been criticised as slighting women's ability to make decisions about their own healthcare .

Continued: https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/ireland/harris-abortion-services-will-be-in-place-by-january-870568.html

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