Ireland – Retired doctor says 8th Amendment did not stop him carrying out abortion

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Retired doctor says 8th Amendment did not stop him carrying out abortion
Former obstetrician says primary responsibility is to mother ‘even if life of baby at risk’

Tue, Apr 10, 2018
Marie O'Halloran

A former chairman of the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists has said nothing in the law had prevented him from carrying out an abortion where necessary to save the life of a pregnant woman.

Dr Eamon McGuinness said a doctor’s primary duty lies in saving the mother and “giving her all the help she needs, even if that means that the life of the baby is at risk.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/health/retired-doctor-says-8th-amendment-did-not-stop-him-carrying-out-abortion-1.3457341

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JAMAICA – Abortion plea

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JAMAICA – Abortion plea
April 10, 2018

Experts urge repeal of century-old law in jamaica

KINGSTON – Legislators are being urged to repeal sections of the more than century-old Offences Against the Person Act which prevent Jamaican women from legally terminating pregnancies.

The appeal came from a group of experts in human rights in patient care at yesterday’s Jamaica Observer Monday Exchange, ahead of International Day for Maternal Health and Rights being observed tomorrow.

Continued: http://barbadostoday.bb/2018/04/10/jamaica-abortion-plea/

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UK – ‘They made me feel like a criminal for having an abortion’

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'They made me feel like a criminal for having an abortion'

By Jean Mackenzie, Victoria Derbyshire programme
10 April 2018

Anti-abortion campaigners have been accused of harassing women outside abortion clinics across the UK. With one council now deciding whether to ban them, some women say they are still haunted by protesters' behaviour.

"They said I was a murderer... that I was killing something with a heartbeat," Lisa Jones tells the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire programme.

She says she was harassed a number of years ago by anti-abortion protesters surrounding the entrance to an abortion clinic in Ealing, west London, where she was being seen.

Continued: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-43669652

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Eighth Amendment ‘casts shadow’ over care for pregnant women

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Eighth Amendment ‘casts shadow’ over care for pregnant women
Obstetrician says abortion law has impact on how people with cancer are treated

Apr 8, 2018
Aine McMahon

The Eighth Amendment has caused pregnant women with cancer to die and will continue to put them at risk if it is not repealed, an obstetrician has said.

Louise Kenny, a professor of obstetrics and a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist, said she had witnessed care being denied to a pregnant woman with cancer because of the State’s abortion laws.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/health/eighth-amendment-casts-shadow-over-care-for-pregnant-women-1.3454604

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Ireland – Women should have option of abortion in event of rape or incest, group claims

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Women should have option of abortion in event of rape or incest, group claims
Removing Eighth Amendment will reduce shame associated with being victim of sexual assault, says Together for Yes

Apr 6, 2018
Sarah Bardon

Women should be given the option to terminate their pregnancies if they are the victim of rape or incest, the Together for Yes campaign has said.

Maeve Eogan, medical director of the Sexual Assault Treatment Unit (SATU) at Dublin’s Rotunda Hospital, said women who conceive as a result of sexual violence currently have two options available to them - to travel abroad or to continue with their pregnancy.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/women-should-have-option-of-abortion-in-event-of-rape-or-incest-group-claims-1.3452054

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New Zealand – Terry Bellamak: Law commission has its work cut out on abortion

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Terry Bellamak: Law commission has its work cut out on abortion
6 Apr, 2018
NZ Herald
By: Terry Bellamak

In February the Minister of Justice, Andrew Little, asked the Law Commission to undertake a review of New Zealand's abortion laws in order to transform abortion from a criminal matter to a health matter. It's a big job. It amounts to nothing less than reconceptualising abortion in the eyes of the law.

It is also a huge opportunity to bring relief to pregnant people who will be consumers of this service in the future.

Continued: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12026649

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Kenya – State spent Sh533 million on unsafe abortions patients in 2016

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State spent Sh533 million on unsafe abortions patients in 2016

Apr. 06, 2018
By RHODA ODHIAMBO

Public hospitals spent Sh533 million treating patients who sought medical services after botched abortions in 2016, a new report suggests.

The amount was used to purchase medical supplies and pay health personnel.

This was an increase by Sh100 million that was used in 2012 to treat unsafe abortions.

continued: https://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2018/04/06/state-spent-sh533-million-on-unsafe-abortions-patients-in-2016_c1741531

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Ireland – Long experience informs shifting views in abortion debate

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Long experience informs shifting views in abortion debate
Members of older generation share thoughts on Eighth Amendment

Apr 4, 2018
Sorcha Pollak

Sheila and Paddy Donohoe, now in their 70s, voted in favour of the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution in 1983. There was never any question in their minds regarding how they would vote. They were strict Catholics and active members of the Legion of Mary. They had grown up in a conservative country which taught them abortion was a sin in all circumstances.

“We were Catholics, we didn’t practise contraception, we did everything according to the book,” remembers Sheila. “At one stage I would have gone to Mass and Communion every day and we always brought the children to Mass. Whatever the church more or less said we believed. There was no reason for us to doubt or think otherwise. We weren’t encouraged to ask questions. Everything was totally hidden, everything was kept secret.”

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/long-experience-informs-shifting-views-in-abortion-debate-1.3449443

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Nigeria – Trump’s Global Gag Rule Is A Tragedy To Maternal Health

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Trump’s Global Gag Rule Is A Tragedy To Maternal Health
10,000 Nigeria Women May Die From Unsafe Abortion - Experts

By Chioma Umeha -
April 4, 2018

“I was raped in school. As a result of this, I became pregnant. I was 13 at that time. Then, I was in Junior Secondary School (JSS) two. So I did not know that I was pregnant. When my parents found out that I was pregnant, they told me to go for abortion.

“They took me to a particular nurse somewhere in Okobaba, which is close to where we live at Otumara Community at Apapa Road, Ebute Metta, in Lagos. The nurse gave me an injection in her house one Saturday morning. I don’t know what type of injection I was given, but the nurse assured us that the pregnancy would be terminated the next two days – Monday.

Continued: https://independent.ng/trumps-global-gag-rule-is-a-tragedy-to-maternal-health/

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Here’s the number of abortion pills seized in Ireland in the past 10 years

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Here's the number of abortion pills seized in Ireland in the past 10 years
“There is a risk when you buy anything from an unknown source that you simply do not know what you are getting.”

Apr 2, 2018

MORE THAN 6,000 abortion pills have been seized in Ireland over the past 10 years.

The use of abortion pills in Ireland has become a major point in the debate on whether Ireland should liberalise its abortion laws: the chair of the Citizens’ Assembly said that in retrospect it should have spent more time discussing abortion pills.

Because abortion is illegal in Ireland (unless there’s a serious risk to the woman’s life) it’s difficult to get a clear picture of how often abortion pills are ordered online by Irish women from countries where they’re legal.

Continued: http://www.thejournal.ie/abortion-pill-use-in-ireland-3892752-Apr2018/

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