Student Leadership Helped to Legalize Abortion in Ireland

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Student Leadership Helped to Legalize Abortion in Ireland

June 27, 2018
by Addie Duckett

On May 25, in a huge win for women, people across Ireland voted overwhelmingly to support the repeal of the eighth amendment to Ireland’s constitution. The referendum passed with 66.4% voting ‘yes’ in a rebuke of the draconian abortion laws that have governed the country for decades. This vote follows the 2015 passage of the Marriage Equality act, marking a trend of successful liberalization efforts largely indebted to the dedication of youth and student leadership throughout the country.

The eighth amendment, originally passed in 1983, established the equal right to life of pregnant women and their unborn fetuses, outlawing abortion in nearly all cases. Until 1992, it also remained illegal to travel abroad to seek an abortion, though many women still did so.

Continued: http://feministcampus.org/student-leadership-helped-to-legalize-abortion-in-ireland/

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Fact Check: Is repeal necessary for abortions in fatal foetal cases?

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Fact Check: Is repeal necessary for abortions in fatal foetal cases?
Together for Yes claims Constitutional change needed for FFA abortion law

May 9, 2018
Sarah Bardon Political Reporter

Question:
Is removing the Eighth Amendment necessary before legislation can be introduced to allow abortions in cases of fatal foetal abnormality (FFA)?
Who is making the claim?

The claim is made by the Together for Yes campaign group, which is advocating for a Yes vote in the forthcoming referendum.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/fact-check-is-repeal-necessary-for-abortions-in-fatal-foetal-cases-1.3489530

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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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Ireland’s abortion debates through the years

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Ireland's abortion debates through the years

Friday, 27 Apr 2018
By David McCullagh

With four weeks to go until Ireland votes on the referendum on the Eighth Amendment on Friday 25 May, David McCullagh looks back on the contentious debates over Ireland's abortion legislation.

1861
Offences Against the Person Act makes it an offence unlawfully to administer poison or to use an instrument on any woman with intent to procure her miscarriage.

1967
British Abortion Act is passed legalising abortion up to 28 weeks’ gestation.

Continued: https://www.rte.ie/news/ireland/2018/0424/956963-abortion-timeline/

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What’s Really At Stake In The Irish Abortion Referendum

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What's Really At Stake In The Irish Abortion Referendum
For Irish women, abortion remains both illegal and taboo. As the country faces a historic referendum, Lynn Enright reflects on a nation’s changing mood, and a past decision of her own.

By Lynn Enright
Tuesday 24 April 2018

I was 31 and living in London when I had an abortion. On a grey morning, I took the Tube to the hospital and afterwards, I got an Uber home. My then boyfriend (who is now my husband) gave me a hot-water bottle and my flatmate brought me a cup of tea. My best friend texted me. “I love you,” she said. It was an everyday abortion but it hadn’t been an easy decision. I’d always wanted children and I’d hoped to be in a situation to have them at 31. But I wasn’t. The website I worked at had shut down the previous month and I was broke. I lived in a rented flat, sharing with two others. And my relationship was young and unsteady on its feet. So I had an abortion. Because it wasn’t the right time. Because it felt impossible to be pregnant, impossible to be a mother.

Continued: http://www.vogue.co.uk/article/the-story-of-us

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Ireland’s abortion battle shows we must never let the fundamentalists win

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Ireland’s abortion battle shows we must never let the fundamentalists win
Women have paid a terrible price for a law that gives the unborn the same rights as mothers

Suzanne Moore
Thu 8 Mar 2018

It’s a bugger when your flight is cancelled. It’s worse, I imagine, if you’re having to travel to another country to have an abortion. Time and money matter. When I saw that the recent snow had grounded flights from Ireland I immediately thought of this. Maybe I have never forgotten the time I sat next to an anxious young woman on a flight from Dublin who began to tell me why she was coming to London but couldn’t finish her sentences. She was just so alone that I wanted to go to the clinic with her. In the old days I remember seeing such women on the ferries.

Irish women have abortions, you see – they just don’t have them in their own country. Currently about nine women a day travel to the UK for terminations. Irish society knows of this export of hypocrisy, yet it continues to export its responsibility for human rights. Women pay the price.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/mar/08/abortion-ireland-women-unborn-mothers

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Ireland – Draft abortion referendum law agreed by Irish cabinet

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Draft abortion referendum law agreed by Irish cabinet

20 February 2018

The Irish cabinet has agreed draft legislation on a referendum to repeal the constitution's eighth amendment on abortion. The amendment, introduced in 1983, gives an equal right to life to a pregnant woman and an unborn child.

Ireland is to hold a referendum this year on whether to change the country's abortion laws, which are among Europe's strictest. The draft legislation sets the process in motion.

Continued: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-43129019

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Ireland’s referendum on its abortion ban

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Ireland’s referendum on its abortion ban
Repealing the country’s constitutional ban on abortion may be the easy part

The Economist explains
Feb 2nd 2018
by E.O'L. | DUBLIN

THIS week’s announcement that Ireland will hold a referendum in May on whether to repeal its constitutional ban on abortion is a sign of a huge shift in Irish society. In 1983 67% of its voters had endorsed a constitutional amendment that, in effect, banned abortion entirely, even in cases of rape, incest and fetal abnormality so severe that the baby could not live—and even when a termination was essential to save the woman’s life. Abortion in Ireland had already been illegal for more than a century, but anti-abortion activists had wanted a constitutional ban for fear that the law might in future be relaxed. Thirty-five years later not only is Leo Varadkar, the prime minister and leader of the centre-right Fine Gael party, recommending a repeal, he is also campaigning for abortion to be legal up to the 12th week of pregnancy.

Continued: https://www.economist.com/blogs/economist-explains/2018/02/economist-explains-0

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Ireland’s abortion referendum: why it’s morally right to repeal the 8th amendment

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Ireland’s abortion referendum: why it’s morally right to repeal the 8th amendment
February 1, 2018
PA/Tom Honan

Ireland is to hold a landmark referendum that could finally see its abortion laws clarified and relaxed.

The referendum will ask Irish citizens if the wish to repeal the 8th amendment to the Irish Constitution. Given how much suffering has been caused by the restrictive law, it’s ethically right to vote to repeal the 8th amendment, even if you’re morally opposed to abortion.

While abortion was already illegal, the 8th amendment created constitutional protection for a foetal right to life:

Continued: https://theconversation.com/irelands-abortion-referendum-why-its-morally-right-to-repeal-the-8th-amendment-91108

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Irish minister reveals 26 county abortion figures

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Irish minister reveals 26 county abortion figures
Jan 18, 2018

The Irish health minister has said 3,265 women travelled from the Republic of Ireland to the UK for abortions in 2016.

Simon Harris provided a county breakdown of the figures during a debate on the 8th amendment.

Based on his figures County Dublin saw the most women (1,175) make the journey, while County Monaghan had the least with only 15.

Continued: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-42731177

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