Ireland: Sinn Féin to vote on liberalising abortion stance

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Sinn Féin to vote on liberalising abortion stance
By Mark Devenport BBC News NI Political Editor

Nov 17, 2017

Sinn Féin members are set to vote on the possibility of liberalising the party's policy on abortion.

A motion will be put to allow abortions in cases when "a woman's life, health or mental health is at serious risk or in grave danger, fatal foetal abnormality and rape or sexual abuse".

Michelle O'Neill will back the motion which will set the party policy for both NI and the Republic of Ireland.

Continued at source: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-42024090

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Australia: Cory Bernardi’s provocative motions on abortion divide Coalition

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Cory Bernardi's provocative motions on abortion divide Coalition

Katharine Murphy
Thursday 16 November

The Australian Conservatives senator Cory Bernardi has triggered messy Coalition divisions on the floor of the Senate, with some government frontbenchers voting in favour of a motion opposing Medicare funding for the termination of pregnancies on gender grounds.

Bernardi proposed a series of provocative motions on Thursday morning covering abortion funding, greater scrutiny of the activist group GetUp and White Ribbon Australia’s support for abortion, including late-term terminations – which had Coalition figures cantering across the chamber.

Continued at source: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/nov/16/cory-bernardis-provocative-motions-on-abortion-divide-coalition

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Abortion bill to go before House of Keys in January, MHK says

Ellan Vannin
Nov 16, 2017

The final draft of a bill proposing reforms to the Isle of Man's abortion law will be presented to the government in January, an MHK has said.

Dr Alex Allinson has spent 11 months working on the Abortion Reform Bill 2017, which was heavily backed in a recent public consultation.

The Ramsey MHK said he would meet with legal experts to discuss changes ahead of it going before the House of Keys.

Continued at source: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-isle-of-man-41996396

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Ireland: Sinn Féin TDs face abortion deadline at ardfheis

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Sinn Féin TDs face abortion deadline at ardfheis
SF will adopt a policy on the issue at the event – and members will be expected to toe that line

Nov 16, 2017
Fiach Kelly, Sarah Bardon

Sinn Féin’s political opponents often describe the party as a cult but, on one issue at least, it is just like all other parties: views among members on abortion are divided, from top to bottom.

Unlike Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil, however, Sinn Féin will adopt a policy on abortion at its ardfheis this weekend, and all TDs will have to toe the party line, no matter what they personally believe.

Continued at source: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/sinn-f%C3%A9in-tds-face-abortion-deadline-at-ardfheis-1.3293329

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Brazil’s Congress to Vote on Abortion Ban

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Brazil’s Congress to Vote on Abortion Ban

Brazilians March Against Proposed Amendment
Andrea Carvalho
Nov 15, 2017

Erika Kokay was the only member in a special committee of Brazil’s congress to vote against a constitutional amendment last week banning abortion under all circumstances. Eighteen fellow deputies, all men, voted in favor. They celebrated by chanting, “Yes to life, no to abortion!” The amendment, if enacted, would ban abortion even for pregnancies resulting from rape, or when the life of the woman is in danger.

Continued at source: https://www.hrw.org/news/2017/11/15/brazils-congress-vote-abortion-ban

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Ireland: Harris wants new abortion law published by Valentine’s Day

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Harris wants new abortion law published by Valentine’s Day

Ellen Coyne, Senior Ireland Reporter
November 14 2017

Simon Harris is working to have a new abortion law published by Valentine’s Day next year, The Times has learnt.

The health minister has set the deadline for his department because he believes it allows enough time for the controversial legislation to be scrutinised before a referendum in May or June. Department of Health sources confirmed Mr Harris has set Feburary 14 as the date that the work must be finished.

Continued at source: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/ireland/harris-wants-new-abortion-law-published-by-valentines-day-s0hqmg6z2

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Brazil Women Protest Temer’s Abortion Ban

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Brazil Women Protest Temer's Abortion Ban

Nov 14, 2017
IN PICTURES: Protesters demonstrate against the criminalization of all cases of abortion, including rape and when the mother's life is in danger.

A Brazilian lower-chamber commission approved an amendment that would outlaw abortion in all cases in the country.
This prohibits abortion even when the pregnancy puts the mother's life in danger; is the result of a rape, or if the fetus is deformed. Women who seek an abortion outside such circumstances can face up to three years in jail.

Women's rights groups have accused the government of Michel Temer and lawmakers of disguising the full abortion ban as a “Trojan horse” within a proposal that claims to improve mothers' rights in the case of premature births.

Continued at source: https://www.telesurtv.net/english/multimedia/Brazil-Women-Protest-Temers-Abortion-Ban-20171111-0016.html

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‘A Rapist Is Not a Father’: Brazilian Women Protest Proposed Rollback of Abortion Rights

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‘A Rapist Is Not a Father’: Brazilian Women Protest Proposed Rollback of Abortion Rights
November 14, 2017
Michael Fox

Women have taken to the streets by the thousands in Brazil to fight the conservative government’s latest threat to human rights in the country: a proposed total ban on abortion.

“A rapist is not a father,” declared one banner in Monday’s march in Florianopolis, the capital of the Southern state of Santa Catarina. “The rich abort. The poor die,” read another, highlighting the disproportionate impact outlawing abortion would have on poor and marginalized women who can’t access private clinics to seek safe secret abortions.

Continued at source: http://upsidedownworld.org/archives/brazil/rapist-not-father-brazilian-women-protest-proposed-rollback-abortion-rights/

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Ireland: Women’s council appeals to ‘middle ground’ in abortion debate

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Women’s council appeals to ‘middle ground’ in abortion debate
Organisation to launch ‘Every Woman’ campaign in support of repealing Eighth Amendment

Mon, Nov 13, 2017
Pat Leahy

The National Women’s Council, the largest representative organisation for women in Ireland, will launch a campaign this week to appeal to the “middle ground” in the abortion debate.

The campaign, called “Every Woman”, will move away from the themes of choice and rights, and focus on women’s needs and the realities of their lives, according to people familiar with it.

continued at source: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/women-s-council-appeals-to-middle-ground-in-abortion-debate-1.3289391

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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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