UK – What it’s like to go to an abortion clinic during anti-abortion protests

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What it's like to go to an abortion clinic during anti-abortion protests
'The mood is strangely sombre'

Olivia Petter
Sunday 22 April 2018

Walking down a residential street in Ealing towards Marie Stopes, the abortion clinic where pro-life protesters will be banned from gathering outside as of Monday, I’m struck by an eerie silence.

Far from the vociferous protesters I’d expected, who have allegedly accosted visitors with fetal photographs and blocked them from entering clinics across the capital, the mood outside 87 Maddock Lane is strangely sombre and sepulchral.

Continued: https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/anti-abortion-protests-ealing-council-ban-marie-stopes-london-a8316036.html

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Why Ireland faces fifth divisive referendum on abortion in 35 years

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Why Ireland faces fifth divisive referendum on abortion in 35 years

Larry Donnelly
April 22, 2018

Back in 1983, two thirds of the Irish people voted to insert the following language into their constitution in a referendum: “The State acknowledges the right to life of the unborn and, with due regard to the equal right to life of the mother, guarantees in its laws to respect, and, as far as practicable, by its laws to defend and vindicate that right.”

What became the 8th Amendment was largely driven by the Catholic Church and conservative forces, who were cognisant of a liberal abortion regime in the United Kingdom and the recognition of a constitutional right to abortion in the United States, and wanted to prevent something similar here in Ireland.

Continued: https://www.irishcentral.com/opinion/others/ireland-fifth-referendum-abortion-35-years

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Ireland – Abortion campaigners face a gruelling battle of the Boyne

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Abortion campaigners face a gruelling battle of the Boyne
Canvassers from both sides are working hard to win hearts and minds in Drogheda
Sat, Apr 21, 2018
Harry McGee in Drogheda

On either side of the River Boyne, two small armies in day-glo bright uniforms move with military precision.

The two campaigns representing the Yes and No sides in the referendum on the Eighth Amendment have amassed impressive numbers of dedicated canvassers in Drogheda, which is as good a bellwether as any for what middle Ireland represents.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/abortion-campaigners-face-a-gruelling-battle-of-the-boyne-1.3468773

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Argentine women see legal abortion closer than ever

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Argentine women see legal abortion closer than ever

The Associated Press
Debora Rey
April 20, 2018

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Pushed by a wave of demonstrations by women’s groups, the homeland of Pope Francis seems closer than ever to legalizing abortion.

The protests and shifting public opinion have led conservative President Mauricio Macri to call for Congress to launch a debate on a broader legalization of abortion in Argentina, which currently allows the procedure only in cases of rape or risks to the mother’s health.

Continued: http://nationalpost.com/pmn/news-pmn/argentine-women-see-legal-abortion-closer-than-ever

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Ireland abortion debate heating up as Ireland decides its next step

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Ireland abortion debate heating up as Ireland decides its next step

John Spain
April 19, 2018

The vote on whether to repeal the 8th Amendment of Ireland's constitution, paving the way to change abortion law in Ireland, is set for May 25, and campaigning is taking off.

The referendum to introduce abortion into Ireland is now just over a month away -- the vote will be on May 25 -- and the national campaigns are finally kicking into life after weeks when surprisingly little has been heard from either side. Now it's all action, a bit like a baby in the womb when it gets to the stage when it suddenly begins kicking. Suddenly, like a bad rash that appears overnight, large red anti-abortion posters materialized on lampposts all over Dublin last week.

continued: https://www.irishcentral.com/news/irishvoice/ireland-abortion-debate

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Ireland – VIDEO: The 10-Minute Film That RTÉ Has Banned Until The Referendum Is Over

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VIDEO: The 10-Minute Film That RTÉ Has Banned Until The Referendum Is Over

The film has won multiple awards so far.
Darragh Berry
April 19, 2018

'Terminal' a film which outlines the day in the life of someone who has to leave the country in order to have an abortion will not be shown by RTÉ until the referendum is over.

In the film "a girl and a woman meet in an airport departure gate. Just before they board a plane to Manchester, we witness a private exchange as they share the different reasons that brought them to this moment, and the traumatic journey that awaits them."

Continued: https://lovin.ie/entertainment/tv-movies/rte-banned-referendum-film
(The video is also available here if you can’t view it at the above link: https://vimeo.com/263770515 )

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Ireland – Abortion will be won 60-40, says minister; Save the 8th begins ’12 weeks’ campaign

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Abortion will be won 60-40, says minister; Save the 8th begins '12 weeks' campaign

Monday, April 16, 2018
By Elaine Loughlin, Political Correspondent

The referendum to repeal the Eighth Amendment will be won 60% to 40%, Minister Finian McGrath.

Speaking at an Inclusion Ireland event this morning, the Disabilities Minister said he is now "fairly confident" the abortion referendum will pass, but said there is no room for complacency.

Mr McGrath said: "I believe it will be 60 - 40. I know from my own constituency Dublin Bay North, that would be the kind of view that I am getting.

Continued: https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/ireland/abortion-will-be-won-60-40-says-minister-837576.html

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Ireland – Young urged to register in time for vote on abortion

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Young urged to register in time for vote on abortion

Katie O’Neill
April 16 2018, The Times

The 122,000 people who have become 18 since the last general election have been urged to ensure that they are registered to vote in the abortion referendum.

The National Youth Council of Ireland and the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) have called on young people to check the register before the May 8 deadline. The USI will be running voter registration drives on college campuses to register students.

Continued: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/young-urged-to-register-in-time-for-vote-on-abortion-t95khgrjz

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Why are Irish journalists again missing a movement?

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Una Mullally: Why are Irish journalists again missing a movement?
Media appears unable to interpret political movements formed outside traditional party structures

Mon, Apr 16, 2018
Una Mullally

We are at that moment in a referendum campaign where stories, takes, and points of view need to be generated as commentary. Some will be insightful, others less so. Some will be deliberately provocative, some will be more concentrated on facts. Some will fulfil the most tedious trope in journalism, where criticism will be levelled at a campaign by those who substitute expertise and experience for a “hunch”.

There are more than two opposing campaigns under way, of course, multiple campaigns – particularly on the pro-repeal side – emerging from grassroots activism and active citizenship. As the media narratives weave themselves in knots, what I find especially interesting is how this referendum campaign is frequently compared to the marriage equality referendum campaign. Generally, this comparison follows two narratives.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/una-mullally-why-are-irish-journalists-again-missing-a-movement-1.3462385

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Amnesty chief calls Latin America’s abortion laws violence against women

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Amnesty chief calls Latin America's abortion laws violence against women
Salil Shetty, Amnesty International’s secretary general, urges Argentina and others to reform draconian legislation and says human rights have deteriorated across region

Uki Goñi in Buenos Aires
Sun 15 Apr 2018

Latin America’s draconian abortion policies have resulted in the needless deaths of thousands of women, said Amnesty International’s secretary general, Salil Shetty, as he called for a decisive push for legalization of the procedure across the region.

“The criminalization of abortion is an extreme form of violence against women. It doesn’t reduce abortions – it just makes them unsafe,” Shetty told the Guardian in Buenos Aires after a meeting with Argentina’s President Mauricio Macri.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/apr/15/latin-america-abortion-laws-violence-against-women-amnesty-international-salil-shetty

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