Fine Gael TD’s offices daubed with anti-abortion ‘baby killer’ graffiti

Fine Gael TD’s offices daubed with anti-abortion ‘baby killer’ graffiti
Vandalism of Tony McLoughlin’s Sligo office comes after passage of abortion legislation

Dec 14, 2018
Harry McGee

The walls of a Fine Gael TD’s office in Sligo has been daubed with “baby killer” graffiti overnight following the successful passage of abortion legislation.

Tony McLoughlin, a TD for Sligo-Leitrim, arrived at his office in Sligo town this morning to discover that the facade of the office had been vandalised with threatening messages and anti-abortion slogans.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/fine-gael-td-s-offices-daubed-with-anti-abortion-baby-killer-graffiti-1.3731370

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USA – Fetal tissue research targeted by abortion foes inside administration

Fetal tissue research targeted by abortion foes inside administration

By Lenny Bernstein, Amy Goldstein and Lena H. Sun
December 12 2018

Two years into an administration that describes itself as “pro-life and pro-science,” the use of fetal tissue in scientific research has become the next skirmish in the nation’s half-century-old abortion wars.

This time, however, scientists who depend on cells from aborted human fetuses face not just a cadre of determined antiabortion activists but sympathetic officials within the government itself, from Vice President Pence to key officials in the Department of Health and Human Services.

Continued: https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/fetal-tissue-research-targeted-by-abortion-foes-inside-administration/2018/12/12/5b692ada-fdc1-11e8-83c0-b06139e540e5_story.html

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Ireland – ‘Increased abortion reality’ may follow its introduction – Ronán Mullen

‘Increased abortion reality’ may follow its introduction - Ronán Mullen
Harris happy with level of preparedness to treat women ‘with care and compassion’

Mon, Dec 10, 2018
Marie O'Halloran

There were sharp exchanges in the Seanad debate on abortion legislation when Independent Senator Ronan Mullen questioned the truthfulness of the Minister for Health Simon Harris in turn accused the Senator of being “offensive”.

There was some heckling against Mr Mullen during the debate on terminations in emergency situations, as the Upper House considered committee stage amendments to the Health (Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy) Bill.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/increased-abortion-reality-may-follow-its-introduction-ron%C3%A1n-mullen-1.3726655

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Pakistan – Bill prohibiting gender disclosure during pregnancies to be tabled to end abortio

Bill prohibiting gender disclosure during pregnancies to be tabled to end abortion

December 9, 2018

LAHORE: Punjab Health Minister Dr Yasmin Rashid has announced that a bill prohibiting the disclosure of gender during the pregnancy would be tabled soon to end the trend of sex-selective abortion.

She revealed this while addressing a seminar on “Ending Gender-Based Violence” held under the ambit of the Punjab Government in collaboration with the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UNWOMEN).

continued: https://dailytimes.com.pk/331409/bill-prohibiting-gender-disclosure-during-pregnancies-to-be-tabled-to-end-abortion/

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Hundreds of pro-life advocates take to Wellington’s streets in opposition of abortion reform

Hundreds of pro-life advocates take to Wellington's streets in opposition of abortion reform

Ruby Macandrew
Dec 08 2018

Several pro-life organisations have joined forces to ensure their voices are heard when it comes to the hot-button topic of abortion.

Organised by five groups, the March for Life – touted as a counter-protest to this a similar pro-choice event earlier in the week – drew a large crowd to Wellington's Te Ngākau Civic Square on Saturday.

Continued: https://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/109200149/Hundreds-of-pro-life-advocates-take-to-Wellingtons-streets-in-opposition-of-abortion-reform

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Irish Lawmakers Vote to Allow Abortion, Part of Landmark Liberal Shift

Irish Lawmakers Vote to Allow Abortion, Part of Landmark Liberal Shift

By Ed O’Loughlin
Dec. 6, 2018

DUBLIN — Fighting off last-ditch resistance, Irish lawmakers overwhelmingly passed a bill introducing free and legal abortion to a nation that was long a bastion of staunchly conservative Catholicism, seven months after voters repealed a constitutional ban on abortion.

An often heated session of the Parliament’s lower house on Wednesday had to be extended several times, as a small number of members — mainly independent conservatives — talked at length on dozens of amendments, almost all of which were voted down by large majorities. The bill’s opponents attempted to prolong the debate even further, which could have derailed the government’s plan to make abortion available in January.

continued: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/06/world/europe/ireland-legal-abortion-vote.html

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Ireland – Miriam Lord: It’s like the abortion referendum never happened

Miriam Lord: It’s like the abortion referendum never happened
Mattie McGrath blew a gasket at suggestions he might have been filibustering

Dec 5, 2018
Miriam Lord
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And once more, all the issues which have already been examined and discussed inside out and upside down in both houses of the Oireachtas and in various committee rooms will be discussed for as long as certain Senators can possibly make it until the Bill finally passes into law.

But there was going to be no rehashing in the Seanad until certain TDs had rehashed themselves to a procedural standstill in the Dáil. They had no intention of going quietly.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/miriam-lord-it-s-like-the-abortion-referendum-never-happened-1.3721649

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Ireland – Delaying tactics on abortion legislation must end – O’Connell

Delaying tactics on abortion legislation must end – O’Connell

4th December 2018
Kate O'Connell, TD

The delaying tactics employed in the Oireachtas on the abortion debate must come to an end, a Fine Gael TD has said.

Deputy Kate O’Connell, who was a member of the Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment, said it is time to give the 66.4% of people who voted Yes the change they voted for.

Continued: https://www.finegael.ie/delaying-tactics-on-abortion-legislation-must-end-oconnell/

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Ireland – Conscientious objection: GP abortion meeting ‘bitter, chaotic, uncivil’

Conscientious objection: GP abortion meeting ‘bitter, chaotic, uncivil’
Dozens of doctors walked out of event claiming ‘serious crisis’ over abortion services

Tue, Dec 4, 2018
Paul Cullen

Bitter, chaotic, uncivil and vitriolic are just some of the words used by doctors to describe the stormy extraordinary general meeting of the Irish College of General Practitioners (ICGP) that took place behind closed doors on Sunday.

The meeting highlighted deep divisions within the medical profession on abortion (no less than in the rest of society) and on the specific issue of conscientious objection.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/health/conscientious-objection-gp-abortion-meeting-bitter-chaotic-uncivil-1.3718864

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Ireland – Abortion law change to make doctors report woman’s marital status sought

Abortion law change to make doctors report woman’s marital status sought
Amendments to record patient’s previous terminations and ethnicity proposed by anti-abortion TDs

Tue, Dec 4, 2018
Jennifer Bray

A number of anti-abortion TDs have proposed new changes to the abortion legislation which would require a doctor to report whether a woman had any previous abortions, what age and ethnicity she is and whether she is married.

If a medical practitioner does not do this, they could be fined or jailed for up to five years.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-law-change-to-make-doctors-report-woman-s-marital-status-sought-1.3719749

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