Ireland – Expert to review abortion laws three years after referendum

Total of 6,577 abortions last year represents slight decline on first year of service in 2019

August 17, 2021
Jennifer Bray

An independent expert is to be appointed to review Ireland’s abortion laws three years after the country voted in a landslide referendum to allow terminations in certain circumstances.

The Termination of Pregnancy Act provides for a review of the legislation three years after its implementation.


Human rights groups drafting legislation to introduce safe access zones for abortion services

Safe access zones were meant to be introduced in 2019 as part of the legislation which repealed the 8th amendment, but they are yet to be implemented

MON, 09 AUG, 2021

Campaigners and human rights groups are now working to draft legislation to introduce safe access zones around health centres that provide abortion services, in a bid to get laws passed as soon as possible.

It comes after the Department of Health told the Irish Examiner that existing public order laws already cover any problems that arise at protests, adding that there have been "a limited number of reports of protests" which is "an extremely positive development".


Ireland – Mary Favier calls for safe zones around abortion clinics

GP says it is unfair to protest at locations where women access health services

Aug 9, 2021
Vivienne Clarke

Anti-abortion campaigners must not be allowed to set up pickets outside facilities providing abortion services, the former president of the Irish College of General Practitioners has said.

Mary Favier expressed surprise at weekend reports that the Government has dropped plans to introduce safe access zones outside maternity hospitals and clinics providing abortion services.


Ireland – Government U-turn on safe access zones at abortion clinics

SAT, 07 AUG, 2021

The Government has scrapped promised laws to introduce safe access zones outside maternity hospitals and clinics providing abortion services.

Campaigners have hit out at Health Minister Stephen Donnelly for quietly shelving legislation to protect women and staff from intimidation when entering healthcare facilities, accusing him of "disregarding the electorate" and "disrespecting pregnant women".


Ireland – Health Minister ‘fully committed’ to safe access zones for abortion services

Stephen Donnelly says women's healthcare is a priority for him, responding to a statement from the Department of Health which said existing legislation is sufficient to prevent anti-abortion protests at hospitals

SAT, 07 AUG, 2021

The Minister for Health insists he is "fully committed" to legislating for safe access zones around clinics that provide abortion services.

It comes after the Irish Examiner revealed that the Department of Health stated that current public order legislation is adequate to police anti-abortion protests outside hospitals and GP practices.


The 8th: Ireland, the abortion referendum. You can feel the tectonic plates shifting

TV: This highly watchable film chronicles the Repeal side’s winning campaign of 2018

Wed, Aug 4, 2021
Ed Power

The historic significance of the vote to repeal the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution, in the referendum of 2018, was lost on nobody at the time. Three years later, The 8th (RTÉ One, Wednesday, 9.35pm) captures the sense that tectonic plates were shifting under Irish society as the electorate went to the polls to allow abortion in Ireland.

The 8th, which comes to television after a video-on-demand run earlier this year, is told largely from the perspective of the Repeal campaign, particularly that of the veteran women’s-rights advocate Ailbhe Smyth. The point she and other campaigners make over and over is that, although the vote was of course about restoring to women their bodily autonomy, the wider context was the State’s beginning a long journey of atonement for decades of institutionalised misogyny.


Ireland – Contraception should be available free and without prescription to all women, pharmacists say

Stephen McNeice
1 AUG 2021

Pharmacists want all women in Ireland to be able to access contraception free of charge and without prescription.

It comes after the UK recently allowed contraceptive pills - two specific progesterone-based oral contraceptives - to be sold over the counter for the first time.


Ireland – Independent expert to review abortion law, says Minister

Appointment to take three-strand approach – service users, providers and public consultation

Tue, Jul 6, 2021
Marie O'Halloran

An independent expert will be appointed to
lead the review of abortion legislation that has been in operation since
January 2019, Minister of State for Health Anne Rabbitte has confirmed.

She said in the Seanad that the review will have three strands focusing on
women who have used the service, service provides and a public consultation.


Slight decrease in the number of abortions carried out in Ireland last year, report shows

The report shows the vast majority of abortions were carried out in early pregnancies

Tue, Jun 29, 2021
Jade Wilson

A total of 6,577 abortions were carried out last year, which is a slight decrease on the first year of the service 2019, official Government figures show.

In 2020, the vast majority of terminations – 6,455 – were carried out in early pregnancies of less than 12 weeks, according to the notification report.


Irish couple to receive damages over advice that led to unnecessary abortion

Rebecca Price terminated pregnancy after being mistakenly told foetus had fatal abnormality

Rory Carroll, Ireland correspondent
Wed 23 Jun 2021

A couple in Ireland are to be awarded damages for being mistakenly told their unborn baby had a fatal foetal abnormality, which led them to terminate the pregnancy.

The high court in Dublin will consider the damages to be paid to Rebecca Price and Patrick Kiely on Wednesday after medical personnel and institutions involved in the case admitted liability.