Ireland – State may cover travel costs in fatal foetal abnormality cases

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State may cover travel costs in fatal foetal abnormality cases
Minister told support group he was committed to finding an interim solution pending new law

June 1, 2018
Sarah Bardon Political Reporter

The State may cover the cost for couples who choose to travel to the United Kingdom for a termination when they receive a diagnosis of a fatal foetal abnormality.

Minister for Health Simon Harris met with members of the group Terminations for Medical Reasons on Friday to discuss how such a system could be operated.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/state-may-cover-travel-costs-in-fatal-foetal-abnormality-cases-1.3516719

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The only Northern Irish woman with a choice about abortion? Arlene Foster

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The only Northern Irish woman with a choice about abortion? Arlene Foster
In Northern Ireland a rape victim seeking to end a pregnancy risks a longer sentence than her attacker. This has to change

Stella Creasy
Tue 29 May 2018

The jubilation at the result of the referendum on abortion in Ireland quickly gave way to rage as focus turned to Northern Ireland, where women are treated as second-class citizens when it comes to their reproductive rights.

Abortion is only legal in that part of the UK if the mother’s life is at immediate risk – as the law stands, a victim of rape who sought to end an unwanted pregnancy would risk a longer prison sentence than her attacker. Women whose babies will not live outside the womb are forced to carry them to term.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/may/29/northern-ireland-abortion-choice-arlene-foster-dup-rape-pregnancy

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Abortion: Theresa May urged to act on NI’s strict law

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Abortion: Theresa May urged to act on NI's strict law
28 May 2018

Theresa May has been urged to help liberalise Northern Ireland's abortion law by a woman whose experience brought the issue back before the courts.

Sarah Ewart went to England in 2013 for a termination after doctors said her unborn child would not survive outside of the womb.

Such a diagnosis, known as fatal foetal abnormality, is not grounds for a legal abortion in Northern Ireland.

Continued: http://www.bbc.com/news/44275372

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Northern Irish women still face a future of unsafe and illegal abortions. Now is the time to help us

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Northern Irish women still face a future of unsafe and illegal abortions. Now is the time to help us
While many in the UK have shown solidarity with the Irish Republic’s referendum, Northern Ireland’s cruel reproductive laws have largely gone unnoticed

Katie Goh
May 26, 2018

On Friday, Ireland took to the polls and, for the first time in history, abortion will become a legal and safe healthcare procedure in the country. It’s a momentous victory. Generations of Irish campaigners have fought for this and finally Ireland has decided to trust women to make their own choices.

But while we rightly celebrate this win for women’s rights, we need to remember that abortion remains illegal in Northern Ireland.

Continued: https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/irish-abortion-referendum-northern-ireland-a8370376.html

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Abortion in Ireland – what is the law?

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Abortion in Ireland - what is the law?

16 May 2018

On Friday May 25 people in the Republic of Ireland will vote on whether they want to make changes to the country's strict abortion laws, upheld in the Eighth Amendment of the Irish constitution.

So where does the law currently stand?

Continued: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-43961988

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Ireland – On abortion we are subjects of Brexit Britain

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Fintan O'Toole: On abortion we are subjects of Brexit Britain
Anti-abortionists depend on pagan England to uphold their vision of a holy Ireland

May 12, 2018
Fintan O'Toole

Independence means having your own state. But it is also a state of mind. There has been an independent Irish State for nearly a century, but whether Ireland has ever been psychologically independent is a whole other matter. It is a question, as it happens, that hovers over two of the biggest issues currently occupying Irish minds: Brexit and the abortion referendum. They may seem to be miles apart but underlying both is the extent to which Ireland is ready to be psychologically independent from Britain.

If we leave aside the existential questions of partition and Irish unity, abortion is arguably the last great remnant of post-colonial dependency. Where once the failure of Irish independence was symbolised by the emigrant crossing the Irish Sea on a cattle boat to get a job, now it is symbolised by the Irish woman crossing the Irish Sea on a Ryanair flight to terminate a pregnancy. When it comes to abortion, both those who want it and those who purport to despise it thank God for Mother England. Women depend on England to uphold their right to choose. Anti-abortionists depend on England to uphold their vision of a holy Catholic Ireland where such abominations are not permitted.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/fintan-o-toole-on-abortion-we-are-subjects-of-brexit-britain-1.3490655

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Liam Neeson: ‘To respect a woman’s right to decide, I’m backing Yes’

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Liam Neeson: 'To respect a woman's right to decide, I'm backing Yes'
It's time for men to stand with women and make this once-in-a-generation opportunity count, writes Liam Neeson

Liam Neeson

May 6 2018 9:00 PM

There are times when we must stand for what is right. When the obvious injustice of a situation demands that we do so. For me, the upcoming referendum on the Eighth Amendment is one of those times. A time to stand up and be counted. A moment when men must stand with women.

Men owe a debt to women in Ireland. For too long, we have at best stood by and at worst participated in a system that has stripped women of their human rights. Ireland has inflicted indignity and abuse on women for generations, and on a grand scale. In recent decades we have demonstrated the capacity to face the truth of such abuse, to own it and to do whatever we can to respond to it. And that is to our great credit.

Continued: https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/abortion-referendum/liam-neeson-to-respect-a-womans-right-to-decide-im-backing-yes-36878032.html

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Ireland’s Feminists Lost the Abortion Argument in ’83. This Time We Can Win.

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Ireland’s Feminists Lost the Abortion Argument in ’83. This Time We Can Win.

By Susan Mckay
May 5, 2018

DUBLIN — In 1983 the Irish people voted to give a fertilized egg the same right to life as the woman who carries it. Feminists tried to stop it. We argued that crisis pregnancies were a reality of women’s lives and that we needed the right to choose how to deal with them. We said that the constitutional amendment on the ballot, which made abortion illegal unless the mother’s life is in danger, would harm women. We marched and chanted “Get your rosaries off our ovaries.” A Catholic bishop pronounced that the most dangerous place for a baby was in a woman’s womb.

We lost, overwhelmingly. But Ireland has changed. On May 25, the Irish people will vote on whether to repeal the Eighth Amendment. This time I think we can win.

Continued: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/05/opinion/sunday/ireland-abortion-referendum.html

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Ireland – Bid to fix abortion law in Constitution did not work

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Noel Whelan: Bid to fix abortion law in Constitution did not work
Eighth Amendment has forced isolation and travel on thousands of pregnant Irish women

May 3, 2018
Noel Whelan

We are not debating the merits of the Eighth Amendment in the abstract, this time around. It has been in the Constitution for more than 35 years. We know how it played out – and it wasn’t the way its proponents argued and hoped it would.

In 1983, those who opposed the amendment warned that its terms were vague and uncertain.

In the years since, our superior courts have spent many days hearing arguments about the levels of care permissible. Volumes of law reports have been filled with judicial pronouncements on the meaning of “with due regard to”, “as far as is practicable” and “unborn”. A third of the alphabet has been deployed as pseudonyms for the names of women whose crisis pregnancies became the subject of litigation.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/noel-whelan-bid-to-fix-abortion-law-in-constitution-did-not-work-1.3482939

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Fact check: Have more than 170,000 Irish women travelled abroad for an abortion?

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Fact check: Have more than 170,000 Irish women travelled abroad for an abortion?
Solidarty party claims 170,000 have travelled for abortion since 1980

May 2, 2018
Sarah Bardon

Question
Have more than 170,000 women travelled abroad from Ireland for abortions?

Who is making the claim?

The statistic is used by the Solidarity party on its posters, on which they say more than 170,000 women have been forced to travel abroad from Ireland for terminations. While the party uses the term “forced” we obviously cannot fact check that particular element. However, we can test how many women have travelled for abortions to the UK and elsewhere based on official figures made available to us.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/fact-check-have-more-than-170-000-irish-women-travelled-abroad-for-an-abortion-1.3481581

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