Poland – Great mobilization on #BlackFriday

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Great mobilization on #BlackFriday
March 24, 2018

March 23 is yet another historic moment in the Polish history. Renewed attempt to ban abortion in case of foetal impairment have brought almost 90 000 people to the streets of Warsaw, not to mention other 23 cities in Poland and 13 abroad. How did it start?

On the March, 14 the Polish Episcopal Conference appealed for the “Stop abortion” bill to be proceeded. A day later, the Head of the Committee on Justice and Human Rights announced that the opinion on the draft law will be issued on the next Monday (19.03). This illustrates the enormous power of the Church and the strong resistance of the politicians to put human rights over their own interests in the light of the upcoming elections in 2018 (local) and 2019 (national).

Continued: http://en.federa.org.pl/great-mobilization-on-blackfriday/

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Ireland – We need to talk indoors, not shout outdoors about abortion

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Nell McCafferty: We need to talk indoors, not shout outdoors about abortion
No conversation about abortion is complete without celebration of the magnificent plenitude of conception, pregnancy and motherhood

Sat, Mar 24, 2018
Nell McCafferty

We need to have a conversation about conception, pregnancy and motherhood. After that, we need to talk about abortion.

The way I talked about both changed during the infamous and successful campaign of 1981-83 to introduce the Eighth Amendment into the constitution, which put the fertilised egg on a par with a pregnant woman.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/nell-mccafferty-we-need-to-talk-indoors-not-shout-outdoors-about-abortion-1.3428291

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Polish Women Protest Proposed Abortion Ban (Again)

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Polish Women Protest Proposed Abortion Ban (Again)

By MARC SANTORA and JOANNA BERENDT
MARCH 23, 2018

WARSAW — To Magda, giving birth would have meant inflicting a slow death. Her unborn child had a rare genetic syndrome that causes severe, fatal birth defects.

“I would feed it, hug it, love it, get attached to it, and then, when it would be 3 or 4 months old, it would suffocate while in my arms,” she recalled, explaining her decision a decade ago to have an abortion. “It would scar me for life. I don’t know if I would be capable of giving birth to another child and not look at it as if it were the one that had died in my arms.”

Continued: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/23/world/europe/poland-abortion-women-protest.html

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Catholic women’s group calls to legalize abortion in Sri Lanka

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Catholic women's group calls to legalize abortion in Sri Lanka
Church demands govt dismiss bill to de-outlaw terminations in cases of rape, fetal impairment that threaten women's lives
Catholic women's group calls to legalize abortion in Sri Lanka

March 16, 2018

Some Catholic laywomen and doctors in Sri Lanka are demanding changes to the country's legal framework as they push to decriminalise abortion in the face of heavy opposition from local bishops.

The Feminist Catholic Network (FCN) recently signed a petition in support of proposed legal amendments that want to expand on current provisions in cases of rape, incest and serious fetal impairment.

Continued: https://www.ucanews.com/news/catholic-womens-group-calls-to-legalize-abortion-in-sri-lanka/81705

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Concerted attack of the Polish fundamentalists

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Concerted attack of the Polish fundamentalists
March 16, 2018

Since 2015 when the Law and Justice Party has come to power, atmosphere around women’s rights and freedoms, including the right to abortion, is very tense. In January 2018, the MP referred a draft law banning abortion in case of foetal impairment to the committee for a further discussion. Following massive protests, the decision makers seemed to put “Stop abortion” into “a legislative freezer”. The anti-choice group continued to put pressure on the politicians with letters, tweets and pickets in front of the Polish parliament. Without effect, until the Polish bishops intervened. On the March, 14 the Polish Episcopal Conference appealed for the bill to be proceeded. A day later, the Head of the Committee on Justice and Human Rights announced that the opinion on the draft law will be issued on the next Monday (19.03). This illustrates the enormous power of the Church and the strong resistance of the politicians to put human rights over their own interests in the light of the upcoming elections in 2018 (local) and 2019 (national).

Continued: http://en.federa.org.pl/concerted-attack-of-the-polish-fundamentalists/

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Ireland – Call for inquiry into bishops’ spending on abortion campaign

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Call for inquiry into bishops’ spending on abortion campaign
Atheists claim Catholic website and newsletter overtly campaign for specific outcome

Tue, Mar 13, 2018
Patsy McGarry

The Standards in Public Office Commission (Sipo) has been urged to examine the funding of the Catholic bishops’ referendum campaign in support of retaining the Eighth Amendment.

Atheist Ireland said it was “seeking clarification on whether certain distinct and autonomous legal entities, that are associated with the Catholic Church in Ireland, should have to register with Sipo, in light of their specific funding structures and their campaigning on political issues.”

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/religion-and-beliefs/call-for-inquiry-into-bishops-spending-on-abortion-campaign-1.3426116

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‘Work actively’ to oppose abortion reform, Irish Catholics urged

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'Work actively' to oppose abortion reform, Irish Catholics urged
Bishops make forceful intervention as Irish parliament begins to debate referendum bill

Henry McDonald
Fri 9 Mar 2018

The Catholic church in Ireland has called on its followers to vote against liberalising the country’s strict anti-abortion laws in a referendum in May, in its most forceful intervention yet in the debate.

As the Irish parliament began to debate a referendum bill, the bishops called on Catholics to “work actively” to resist change.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/mar/09/church-urges-irish-catholics-to-oppose-abortion-law-reform

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Ireland’s abortion battle shows we must never let the fundamentalists win

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Ireland’s abortion battle shows we must never let the fundamentalists win
Women have paid a terrible price for a law that gives the unborn the same rights as mothers

Suzanne Moore
Thu 8 Mar 2018

It’s a bugger when your flight is cancelled. It’s worse, I imagine, if you’re having to travel to another country to have an abortion. Time and money matter. When I saw that the recent snow had grounded flights from Ireland I immediately thought of this. Maybe I have never forgotten the time I sat next to an anxious young woman on a flight from Dublin who began to tell me why she was coming to London but couldn’t finish her sentences. She was just so alone that I wanted to go to the clinic with her. In the old days I remember seeing such women on the ferries.

Irish women have abortions, you see – they just don’t have them in their own country. Currently about nine women a day travel to the UK for terminations. Irish society knows of this export of hypocrisy, yet it continues to export its responsibility for human rights. Women pay the price.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/mar/08/abortion-ireland-women-unborn-mothers

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Abortion rights in Ireland, north and south of the border

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Abortion rights in Ireland, north and south of the border
Readers respond to Suzanne Moore’s piece about the ongoing fight for the right to legal abortion

Letters
Thu 8 Mar 2018

Irish women have been travelling to Britain for abortions for decades. In 1975, when I was a young English woman working as a union officer in Dublin, a desperate male friend asked how his wife’s 15-year-old sister could get an abortion (We must never stop fighting for the right to legal abortion, 8 March). Without knowledge of or access to contraception, her first sexual foray had left her pregnant. As a Brit, it was assumed I knew how to use my own country’s still new abortion law.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/mar/08/abortion-rights-in-ireland-north-and-south-of-the-border

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‘We will not stop’: Irish abortion activist vows to step up fight

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'We will not stop': Irish abortion activist vows to step up fight
Ailbhe Smyth says it is time for change as government prepares to release details of referendum

Harriet Sherwood in Dublin
Mon 5 Mar 2018

In 1983, Ailbhe Smyth was spat at and denounced as a “baby murderer” in the street as she campaigned for Irish women to have the right to abortion.

Thirty-five years later, the activist is still at the heart of Ireland’s abortion battle, fighting for her daughter, granddaughter and other women to get control over their bodies.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/mar/05/ireland-abortion-campaign-activist-ailbhe-smyth

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