Ireland – Legislation aims to tackle anti-abortion protests

Legislation aims to tackle anti-abortion protests

Monday, 7 Jan 2019
By Sharon Tobin

Minister for Health Simon Harris is to move ahead with legislation that would provide for safe access zones around facilities providing abortion services.

The minister described it as "quite sad" that anti-abortion protesters would gather outside hospitals or harass individuals and medical professionals on social media.

Continued: https://www.rte.ie/news/ireland/2019/0107/1021749-drogheda-hospital/

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Concerns as Irish abortion services start

Concerns as Irish abortion services start

By Leanna Byrne BBC News NI
3 January 2019

Seven months and nine days ago, 1.4 million people in Ireland voted to remove its anti-abortion laws.

What (Taoiseach) Irish PM Leo Varadkar called a "quiet revolution", had culminated with a day when the Eighth Amendment was repealed.

Irish Health Minister Simon Harris hailed the passing of the legislation as a "new era for Irish women".

continued: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-46737593

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USA – Two New Reports on Current State Policy Trends

Two New Reports on Current State Policy Trends

Jan 2, 2019

Guttmacher policy experts have created two new reports documenting state policy trends on issues related to sexual and reproductive health and rights. The first report details state-level policies enacted over the course of 2018, while the second analysis—covering the years 2000, 2010 and 2019—examines the extent to which each state’s policy environment is either hostile to, or supportive of, abortion rights.

State Policy Trends 2018

Conservatives now have a clear majority on the U.S. Supreme Court, putting Roe v. Wade in jeopardy of being hollowed out or overturned. Against that backdrop, policymakers in a number of states continued to pass new abortion restrictions in 2018, including measures clearly intended to violate Roe by banning abortion at early stages of pregnancy. At the same time, more than half of all states adopted measures to expand or protect access to sexual and reproductive health care.

Continued: https://mailchi.mp/guttmacher/two-new-reports-on-current-state-policy-trends-937129?e=21353f4fbc

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Bradley pressed to maintain restrictions on abortion in Northern Ireland

Bradley pressed to maintain restrictions on abortion in Northern Ireland
The Northern Ireland Secretary has received extensive and emotive correspondence about terminations since last spring.

January 1 2019

The Northern Ireland Secretary has come under pressure from people born with serious conditions to maintain restrictions on abortion.

Karen Bradley has received extensive and emotive correspondence about terminations since last spring when the Republic of Ireland voted to legalise the procedure during early pregnancy.

Continued: https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/bradley-pressed-to-maintain-restrictions-on-abortion-in-northern-ireland-37672441.html

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USA – 4 Devious Ways States Chipped Away At Abortion Rights In 2018

4 Devious Ways States Chipped Away At Abortion Rights In 2018
The past year's restrictions were particularly extreme.

By Catherine Pearson, HuffPost US
12/29/2018

Every year, anti-abortion legislators and legislatures chip away at reproductive rights, and 2018 brought a wave of extreme restrictions from lawmakers determined to topple Roe v. Wade. This year, as of Dec. 11, 22 abortion restrictions were passed nationwide — a number that will likely edge up to 24 by the time 2019 begins.

On the surface, that number looks pretty good. It’s the fewest abortion restrictions passed in a single year in more than a decade, according to the Guttmacher Institute, which studies and promotes reproductive health policy. And for the first time in recent years, the number of proactive reproductive health policies — measures that make it easier for women to access abortion services and birth control, for example — outpaced the number of restrictions.

Continued: https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/entry/states-abortion-rights-erosion-2018_us_5c1be156e4b0407e907886b8?ec_carp=5444351490008681624

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USA – Here Are the Worst Abortion Restrictions Conservative State Lawmakers Passed This Year

Here Are the Worst Abortion Restrictions Conservative State Lawmakers Passed This Year
If you think the attacks on reproductive rights this year were a mess, just wait until 2019.

Dec 29, 2018
Brie Shea

Conservative state lawmakers passed a surge of unconstitutional pre-viability abortion bans this year in an effort to tee up a challenge to Roe v. Wade. These included everything from bans on the safest, most common form of second-trimester abortion to laws that would outright re-criminalize abortion. So far, the federal courts have proven to be the necessary firewall preventing conservatives from enshrining these restrictions into law. But Republicans spent most of 2018 vigorously packing the federal courts with judges they believe to be ready and willing to roll back abortion rights as far as possible—so that barrier might not hold in 2019.

Here’s a sample of some of the worst anti-choice restrictions passed in the states this year.

Continued: https://rewire.news/article/2018/12/29/here-are-the-worst-abortion-restrictions-conservative-state-lawmakers-passed-this-year/

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Abortion vote fails, but debate ignites a nation

Abortion vote fails, but debate ignites a nation
In a year when women’s rights and gender violence once again took centre stage in Argentina, perhaps no other subject divided the nation more than the bill to legalise elective abortion that arrived in Congress this year.

James Grainger
Dec 29, 2018

The landmark piece of legislation – Argentina currently allows abortion only in cases of rape or risks to a woman’s health – motivated both sides, prompting demonstrations, huge crowds and the ubiquitous sight of green (pro) and blue (against) headscarves being affixed to people’s clothes, bags and bodies throughout the year. Politicians were forced to declare their allegiances too, giving voters a rare glimpse of lawmakers’ true colours.

Continued: http://www.batimes.com.ar/news/argentina/abortion-vote-fails-but-debate-ignites-a-nation.phtml

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Ireland – Health Minister to ban protests at abortion providers

Health Minister to ban protests at abortion providers

Friday, December 28, 2018
By Elaine Loughlin

The Government hopes to fast-track the introduction of safe access zones to prevent protests outside hospitals and clinics that provide abortion services.

Health Minister Simon Harris had hoped to pass legislation to ban such demonstrations in tandem with the Health (Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy) Bill, which will come into force from January 1.

Continued: https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/ireland/health-minister-to-ban-protests-at-abortion-providers-894311.html

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USA – A Woman’s Rights

More and more laws are treating a fetus as a person, and a woman as less of one, as states charge pregnant women with crimes...

Opinion
A Woman’s Rights
By The Editorial Board
Photographs by Damon Winter

DEC. 28, 2018

You might be surprised to learn that in the United States a woman coping with the heartbreak of losing her pregnancy might also find herself facing jail time. Say she got in a car accident in New York or gave birth to a stillborn in Indiana: In such cases, women have been charged with manslaughter.

In fact, a fetus need not die for the state to charge a pregnant woman with a crime. Women who fell down the stairs, who ate a poppy seed bagel and failed a drug test or who took legal drugs during pregnancy — drugs prescribed by their doctors — all have been accused of endangering their children.

Continued: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/12/28/opinion/pregnancy-women-pro-life-abortion.html

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USA – It’s not even 2019, and Republicans have written at least 17 abortion restrictions for next year

It’s not even 2019, and Republicans have written at least 17 abortion restrictions for next year

By Carter Sherman
Dec 27, 2018

Over the last several weeks, Ohio lawmakers tried to pass one of the toughest abortion restrictions in the country, one that would ban the procedure after the detection of a fetal heartbeat, about six weeks into a pregnancy. That's before most women even know they're pregnant.

Now, other state legislatures are trying to do the same.

Continued: https://news.vice.com/en_us/article/pa549k/its-not-even-2019-and-republicans-have-written-at-least-17-abortion-restrictions-for-next-year

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