Ireland: Sinn Féin TDs clash over abortion committee

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Sinn Féin TDs clash over abortion committee

Niamh Lyons, Ireland Political Editor
November 13 2017

A Sinn Féin TD has been publicly rebuked by a party colleague for his remarks about the Dáil’s Eighth Amendment committee.

Peadar Tóibín, who has previously called for his party to allow TDs a conscience vote on abortion, yesterday gave a personal view on the issue rather than the agreed stance of Sinn Féin.

Continued at source: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/ireland/sinn-fein-tds-clash-over-abortion-committee-qrrdsrx5p

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Ireland: Katie Ascough to campaign in abortion referendum

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Katie Ascough to campaign in abortion referendum
Former UCD student union president removed after students voted to impeach her

Nov 11, 2017
Seán Dunne

Former University College Dublin (UCD) Student Union president Katie Ascough said that she intends to campaign for the anti-abortion campaign in the referendum on the Eighth Amendment governing Ireland’s abortion laws next year.

Ms Ascough who is a prominent anti-abortion activist, and the daughter of Tom Ascough, who sits of the Iona Institute board of directors, was impeached by UCD students last month.

Continued at source: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/katie-ascough-to-campaign-in-abortion-referendum-1.3288718

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Ireland ‘cold, neglectful, lonely’ for women in crisis pregnancy

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Ireland ‘cold, neglectful, lonely’ for women in crisis pregnancy
Harris urges end to ‘tyranny of labels’ as ‘I’ve never met anyone who is not in favour of life’

Nov 11, 2017
Marie O'Halloran

The Government has to face the reality that women are having dangerous abortions and take action, Minister for Health Simon Harris has said.

He told the Fine Gael national conference that “I’ve sat in far too many rooms with women who have found this country to be cold, neglectful, lonely and isolating when they have a crisis pregnancy.”

continued at source: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/ireland-cold-neglectful-lonely-for-women-in-crisis-pregnancy-1.3288866

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Will Brazil’s Congress Turn Its Back on Women and Girls?

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Will Brazil’s Congress Turn Its Back on Women and Girls?
New Law Would Ban Abortion in Cases of Rape, Health Risk

Margaret Wurth
November 10, 2017

Hundreds of women have died in Brazil from unsafe abortion in recent years. Yet on Wednesday evening, 18 members of a committee in Brazil’s Chamber of Deputies – all men – voted in favor of a dangerous new constitutional amendment that, if enacted, could drive those numbers higher. The only vote against was a woman’s.

The new amendment would prohibit abortion under any circumstances. The current law in Brazil allows abortion if the life of the woman is at risk, if the pregnancy resulted from rape, or if the fetus has anencephaly – a fatal congenital brain disorder.

Continued at source: https://www.hrw.org/news/2017/11/10/will-brazils-congress-turn-its-back-women-and-girls

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USA: Facebook Is Ignoring Anti-Abortion Fake News

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Facebook Is Ignoring Anti-Abortion Fake News

By ROSSALYN WARREN
NOV. 10, 2017

Last year, just weeks before the election, an article from a site called Mad World News began circulating around Facebook. The headline read “Before Applauding Hillary’s Abortion Remarks, Know the One Fact She Ignored.”

In the article, the writer says she wants to expose Hillary Clinton’s lies about late-term abortions. She argues that a baby never needs to be aborted to save a mother’s life but doesn’t cite any sources or studies, and presents anecdotes and opinion as fact. Midway through the story, she shares an illustration of what she calls a “Partial-Birth Procedure” — a procedure banned in the United States. In it, she describes how a doctor “jams scissors into the baby’s skull” and how “the child’s brains are sucked out.”

Continued at source: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/10/opinion/facebook-fake-news-abortion.html

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Brazilian Women Prepare to Protest Full Abortion Ban

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Brazilian Women Prepare to Protest Full Abortion Ban

Published 10 November 2017

The criminalization of abortion disproportionately affects poor and marginalized women, who are facing increasingly restricted access to private services.

Brazilian women's groups will march next week to protest against ongoing threats to reproductive rights posed by President Michel Temer’s right-wing administration.

The announcement follows approval by a lower-chamber commission of an amendment that would outlaw abortion in all cases. Currently, abortion is legal if it threatens the mother's life, and in instances of rape.

Continued at source: https://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Brazilian-Women-Prepare-to-Protest-Full-Abortion-Ban-20171110-0025.html

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New Zealand: This Is Why Abortion Is An Election Issue In Queensland

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This Is Why Abortion Is An Election Issue In Queensland

One candidate believes abortion is "state-sanctioned coercion".
Posted on November 09, 2017, 21:23 GMT
Gina Rushton

Whether or not abortion remains a crime in Queensland will likely be decided by who is elected to government on November 25.

In February independent Cairns MP Rob Pyne withdrew bills to decriminalise abortion in Queensland a day before they were due to be debated in parliament, after Liberal National Party opposition leader Tim Nicholls vowed that “every single member” of his party would vote down the legislation.

The legislation would have failed, as Labor MPs had been given a conscience vote on the issue, and other independents had indicated their opposition to abortion.

Continued at source: https://www.buzzfeed.com/ginarushton/abortion-is-becoming-an-election-issue-in-queensland

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New Zealand: ASA rules Facebook ad implying Ardern would end child poverty with abortion misleading

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ASA rules Facebook ad implying Ardern would end child poverty with abortion misleading
9 Nov, 2017
By: Tess Nichol
Reporter, NZ Herald

A complaint against a sponsored Facebook post making it appear Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said she would end child poverty by having children aborted has been upheld.

It followed Ardern's pre-election promise that a Labour Government would take abortion out of the Crimes Act.

The Make New Zealand great Again Party posted a picture of Ardern on the social media website with the statement "My Labour Party will end child poverty through abortion. No children. No poverty".

Continued at source: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11942332

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Ireland: State risks further abortion compo after €30k payout

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State risks further abortion compo after €30k payout
Thursday, November 09, 2017

By Fiachra Ó Cionnaith
Irish Examiner Political Correspondent

Ireland is at risk of having to pay compensation to thousands of women forced to travel abroad to receive an abortion unless the law is immediately changed to make the procedure legal and easily accessible.

The US-based Centre for Reproductive Rights (CRR) made the claim after the State paid out €30,000 over an abortion case, for only the second time in its history, in response to a UN ruling on the matter.

Continued at source: http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/state-risks-further-abortion-compo-after-30k-payout-462516.html

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Brazilian Congressional Committee Votes to Ban All Abortions

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Brazilian Congressional Committee Votes to Ban All Abortions

Nov. 9, 2017

BRASILIA (Reuters) - A Congressional committee led by Evangelical Christians has voted to ban abortion in Brazil in all situations, including cases of rape and where the mother's life is in danger.

The decision was voted 18-1 late on Wednesday by a special committee considering a constitutional amendment to extend maternity leave for mothers of premature babies.

The single vote against the ban was cast by the only woman present during the session, Erika Kokay of the Workers Party, who called the decision a maneuver by the committee's pro-life Evangelical majority.

Continued at source: https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2017-11-09/brazilian-congressional-committee-votes-to-ban-all-abortions

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