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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Repeal of the Eighth ‘will constitute consent’ for liberal abortion regime

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Repeal of the Eighth ‘will constitute consent’ for liberal abortion regime
Save the 8th tells ‘Irish Times’ podcast most voters unaware of Yes vote implications

April 18, 2018
Sarah Bardon

Repealing the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution will constitute consent for Ireland to have a “liberal abortion regime”, the Save the 8th campaign has said.

Speaking on The Irish Times’s Inside Politics podcast, the campaign’s communications director, John McGuirk, said many people were unaware of the implications of a vote for repeal. Most voters believed they were supporting legislation allowing for abortions in cases of rape, incest and fatal foetal abnormalities, not terminations of “healthy babies of healthy mothers up to 12 weeks and beyond”, he claimed.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/repeal-of-the-eighth-will-constitute-consent-for-liberal-abortion-regime-1.3466187

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Ireland – Anti-abortion campaigners dodging the real questio

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Anti-abortion campaigners dodging the real question
What do we do about women with unwanted pregnancies if Eighth is not repealed?

April 18, 2018
Aine Carroll

As long as women can become pregnant, some of them will want or require abortions. Another way of saying this is that not all women who are pregnant are in a position to carry their babies to full term: some can’t and some, for various reasons, won’t.

Sometimes these decisions are medically necessary and sometimes they are not. Some people describe this as killing a baby who otherwise would more than likely have grown into a healthy child and they describe some or all abortions as “immoral”.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/anti-abortion-campaigners-dodging-the-real-question-1.3464698

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In Closed-Door UN Meetings, Trump Administration Officials Pushed Abstinence For International Women’s Health Programs

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In Closed-Door UN Meetings, Trump Administration Officials Pushed Abstinence For International Women’s Health Programs

Members of HHS, USAID, and the US Mission to the UN asked for references to contraception, abortion, and comprehensive sex education to be struck from a document on international gender equality, calling the US a "pro-life nation."

April 17, 2018
Ema O'Connor, BuzzFeed News Reporter

In closed-door meetings at the United Nations in March, Trump administration officials pushed socially conservative views on women’s rights issues — including abstinence-based policies over information about contraception — that were further to the right than those expressed by most other countries present, including Russia and the representative for the Arab states, UN officials who attended the meetings told BuzzFeed News.

The Trump officials’ approach at the UN meeting makes it clear that the administration intends to extend its views on abortion, contraception, and sexual education beyond US borders to an extent that is unusual even for Republican administrations.

continued: https://www.buzzfeed.com/emaoconnor/un-meeting-trump-administration-abstinence?utm_term=.nyJLW2dpq#.qy9Yw78QE

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Ireland – ‘I am absolutely horrified’ – mother’s shock after pro-life group asks schoolgirl for funds

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'I am absolutely horrified' - mother's shock after pro-life group asks schoolgirl for funds
Pro-life group asks schoolgirl for funds 'in error'

Denise Calnan and Maeve Sheehan
April 16 2018

A mother has expressed her shock after her 16-year-old daughter received abortion referendum campaign material in the post.

The letter, which requested 'to be opened by the addressee only', arrived last Friday afternoon to the schoolgirl's home in Dublin and requested finances to fund the pro-life group Family and Life's campaign.

According to the girl's mother, the six-page letter contained "propaganda" material about the Eighth Amendment and requests to fund the campaign.

Continued: https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/abortion-referendum/i-am-absolutely-horrified-mothers-shock-after-prolife-group-asks-schoolgirl-for-funds-36792694.html

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Ireland – TD received ‘disgusting’ anti-abortion material in Government envelope

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TD received ‘disgusting’ anti-abortion material in Government envelope
Timmy Dooley has ‘no issue’ being sent such material but says it is difficult for female staff

April 16, 2018
Ronan McGreevy

Fianna Fáil TD Timmy Dooley, who favours repealing the Eighth Amendment, has described as “disgusting” graphic anti-abortion material which was sent to him in an envelope franked with a Government harp.

Mr Dooley received a leaflet in an envelope last week depicting graphic scenes of foetuses. Along with the Government harp, it was also marked freepost and was delivered to him in the Oireachtas without a stamp.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/td-received-disgusting-anti-abortion-material-in-government-envelope-1.3463828

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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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Ireland’s fiercest culture war yet is being fought on our lampposts

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Ireland's fiercest culture war yet is being fought on our lampposts

April 15, 2018
Carl Kinsella
The war over Ireland's Eighth Amendment is being fought with streetlights and zip-ties.

In late May, Ireland will go to the polls to decide whether to repeal its constitutional ban on abortion — the Eighth Amendment of Bunreacht na hÉireann. As the country hurtles towards this landmark moment, much of the attention has been focused on the respective canvassing approaches of the Yes and No campaigns.

As both sides set about ramping up their efforts to sway the public over the crucial home stretch, another ban has come into focus: Ireland's regulatory ban on paid political television and radio ads.

Continued: https://www.joe.ie/life-style/irelands-poster-war-621972

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UK – Like many women, I had an abortion in Ealing – and this is why I know they needed a buffer zone

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Like many women, I had an abortion in Ealing – and this is why I know they needed a buffer zone

We heard someone shout suddenly, 'You are awful, AWFUL people!' It was a loud and angry blast. From the look of astonished horror my son was giving me and the sensation in my throat, I realised the shouting had come from me

Shappi Khorsandi
Apr 14, 2018

Tucked away in a quiet corner of my native Ealing, dubbed “queen of the suburbs” on account of all the trees and general awesomeness (such as Ealing Studios and the country’s first Nandos) is a Marie Stopes abortion clinic. It’s just near the entrance of Walpole Park where, aged 15, I was stood up by a boy and wept poetically by the pond before wandering sadly home after waiting a mere two and a half hours for him.

A few years ago, after living most of my adult life in much more “cool” parts of London, both north and south, I moved back to my childhood manor to be nearer my parents. I was single and pregnant and needed my mum and dad on my doorstep.

Continued: https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/abortion-ealing-buffer-zone-women-terminations-pro-life-protesters-a8303271.html

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Why are polls and Facebook ads at odds in Ireland’s abortion referendum?

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Why are polls and Facebook ads at odds in Ireland's abortion referendum?
By Ammar Ebrahim

BBC Trending
14 April 2018

While opinion polls show a comfortable lead for the pro-choice side in an upcoming referendum on abortion in Ireland, one set of figures indicates pro-life paid adverts are gaining more traction on Facebook.

On 25 May, Ireland will vote on whether to keep the 8th amendment to the country's constitution, which states that the life of a mother and an unborn baby are equal. It's the basis for Irish laws which make abortion illegal in all but life-threatening cases.

Continued: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-trending-43758286

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