‘Irish Times’ poll: Yes side must work hard to retain lead

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‘Irish Times’ poll: Yes side must work hard to retain lead
Analysis: Margin in Irish referendums always contracts as campaign proceeds

May 17, 2018
Pat Leahy

Eight days from polling day, and the anticipated tightening of the referendum campaign has duly arrived. In the three weeks since the last Irish Times poll, the Yes lead has shrunk – considerably but not enormously – as next Friday’s decision day approaches.

Among all voters, 44 per cent now say they will vote in favour of repealing the Eighth Amendment tomorrow week, down by three points from last month’s figure. The No side now has 32 per cent, up four points. Undecided voters are at 17 per cent (down three points) while 5 per cent say they will not vote and 2 per cent refused to answer.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/irish-times-poll-yes-side-must-work-hard-to-retain-lead-1.3497886

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Ireland – ‘My circumstances were the same as Savita Halappanavar’s’

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‘My circumstances were the same as Savita Halappanavar’s’
I had symptoms of septicaemia but was refused care, as my baby still had a heartbeat

May 16, 2018
Anonymous

In the run-up to the referendum on whether to retain or repeal the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution, on May 25th, The Irish Times has asked readers to share their personal experiences of abortion, which the amendment bans in almost all circumstances. This is one of the accounts we received. To submit yours, click here.

In January 2014 my husband and I sat waiting in the departure lounge to board our flight to Liverpool at 7am. I was extremely unwell; I had pains going down the entire left side of my body and across my stomach.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/my-circumstances-were-the-same-as-savita-halappanavar-s-1.3492038

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Ireland – Yes or No? Immigrant communities add their voices to the abortion debate

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Yes or No? Immigrant communities add their voices to the abortion debate
‘Many of those who do not have the right to vote are involved in campaigning for both sides. Even though they can’t vote it will still affect them’

May 16, 2018
Sorcha Pollak

A Chinese woman who miscarried in a Dublin hospital. A Polish man whose former girlfriend aborted their child without telling him. A Brazilian woman whose sister was violently raped at a bus stop. A Muslim man who says a foetus becomes a baby once it develops a soul at 120 days.

In 1983 the vast majority of people canvassing for or against the Eighth Amendment were Irish. More than three decades on, tens of thousands of immigrant women are now affected by our abortion laws. While the more than 535,400 non-Irish nationals living in Ireland will not be eligible to vote in next week’s referendum, many have joined campaigns on both sides of the debate to add their voices to an issue which, as residents in this country, directly affects them.

continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/yes-or-no-immigrant-communities-add-their-voices-to-the-abortion-debate-1.3496124

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Abortion in Ireland – what is the law?

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Abortion in Ireland - what is the law?

16 May 2018

On Friday May 25 people in the Republic of Ireland will vote on whether they want to make changes to the country's strict abortion laws, upheld in the Eighth Amendment of the Irish constitution.

So where does the law currently stand?

Continued: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-43961988

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Australia – The Abortion Issue Dividing The NSW Government

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The Abortion Issue Dividing The NSW Government
The "safe access" bill is set to be introduced to parliament this week.

Jessica Rapana
May 15, 2018

A new bill which could give NSW women the right to access abortions free from harassment is causing tensions within the Berejiklian government.

The proposed bill, which could be introduced to the Upper House as soon as Thursday, sets out 150m "safe access zones" around abortion clinics, with penalties including potential jail time for anyone caught harassing women within these parameters. It would also criminalise the recording or distribution of recordings of women inside the zone.

Continued: http://www.whimn.com.au/talk/news/the-abortion-issue-dividing-the-nsw-government/news-story/1826ebbc928d22a3393f69f609cc2aa3

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Marie Stopes lauds Ghana for efforts to curb unsafe abortion

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Marie Stopes lauds Ghana for efforts to curb unsafe abortion

Date: May 15, 2018
Author: Graphic.com.gh

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Marie Stopes International, Mr Simon Cooke, has lauded Ghana for the country's initiative to curb unsafe abortion.

He, however, called on the government to make more services for safe abortion available and accessible to the youth in order to reduce maternal deaths.

According to him, pregnant women were engaging in unsafe abortion because they were not getting the correct services.

Continued: https://www.graphic.com.gh/news/general-news/marie-stopes-lauds-ghana-for-efforts-to-curb-unsafe-abortion.html

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Ireland – No sign of shift in abortion referendum that No campaigners need

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No sign of shift in abortion referendum that No campaigners need
Analysis: Tonight’s RTÉ debate a chance for anti-abortion groups to influence swing voters

May 15, 2018
Pat Leahy

If there is to be a move in the abortion-referendum campaign, then this is moving week.

A slew of polls early in the campaign painted more or less the same picture: a substantial lead for the Yes side, and a pretty solid foundation for that support. That lead is not unassailable, and a dramatic late swing to the No side, of the sort we have seen in other referendum campaigns, could change the outcome.

continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/no-sign-of-shift-in-abortion-referendum-that-no-campaigners-need-1.3495143

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Muslim view: Repeal Eighth Amendment to relieve burden on women

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Muslim view: Repeal Eighth Amendment to relieve burden on women
Rite&Reason: Islam does not recognise foetus as unborn child until ensoulment at 120 days

May 15, 2018
Shayk Dr Umar Al-Qadri

Ireland today is a place we can all be rightfully proud of. Around the world and at home, the Irish people and nation are known for being open and accepting, for promoting equality and opportunity.

Yet, as we have been reminded several times over the past years and decades, sometimes it takes a tragedy to gather our collective focus in a manner that enables us to take the next necessary step as a nation.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/muslim-view-repeal-eighth-amendment-to-relieve-burden-on-women-1.3494798

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Poland – Rising support for abortion

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Rising support for abortion

May 14, 2018

In April and May pro-choice billboards with the slogan “Women in Poland demand legal abortion” have appeared in different cities and towns across Poland. This campaign was organised by an informal women’s group, which managed to gather financial means in a crowdfunding campaign. The organizers and supporters wished to protest with these billboards against manipulative messages of the anti-abortion fundamentalists and to make their voice in the public sphere more distinctive. The billboards were meant to support pro-choice people in smaller, conservative towns and to empower them to show that they possess agency and can change the reality. Their action reflects a solid and growing support for the liberalization of the anti-abortion law.

The latest opinion poll conducted by IPSOS in cooperation with OKO.press, the online portal run by investigative journalists, reaffirms some continued trends, but it also surprises with new observations. The most crucial conclusions:

Continued: http://en.federa.org.pl/rising-support-for-abortion/

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1968: a revolutionary year – also for reproduction

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1968: a revolutionary year – also for reproduction

14.05.2018
By: Nikolai Astrup, Minister of International Development, Norway;- Isabella Lövin, Minister for International Development Cooperation and Climate and Deputy Prime Minister, Sweden; Ulla Tørnæs, Minister for Development Cooperation, Denmark; and Anne-Mari Virolainen, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development, Finland.

This year, in 2018, it is 50 years since reproductive rights – including the right to decide whether to have children and how many children to have – were first formally recognised.

More than 200 million women in developing countries are still denied these rights.

1968 gave its name to a generation known for its ambition to change the world for the better. And a historic decision was made that year, a decision with the potential to fundamentally change the lives of all people – and of women in particular.

Continued: http://um.dk/en/news/newsdisplaypage/?newsid=c37e4a26-76ea-4256-82c6-00bd29def796

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