Little enthusiasm in Canada and U.S. for heating up abortion debate: poll

Mario Canseco / Glacier News
SEPTEMBER 24, 2020

For weeks, it seemed that the issue of abortion, which used to dominate the airwaves in political campaigns in the United States, would not be a feature of this year’s presidential election. Americans are more preoccupied with other matters, such as the COVID-19 pandemic and race relations, to ponder rules and regulations regarding pregnancy termination.

In Canada, our reintroduction to this topic happened during the Conservative Party’s leadership race, after eventual winner Erin O’Toole was criticized for his “pro-choice” stance. The governing Liberal Party will not remotely consider changes to the status quo, especially after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised to support abortion rights in the last federal campaign.


Malta – Sant on abortion debate: ‘shaming of pro choice voices must stop’

Labour MEP Alfred Sant, who scorned 2005 bid to entrench abortion crime in Constitution, calls for open

20 September 2020
by Karl Azzopardi

Labour MEP Alfred Sant has welcomed the growing debate on abortion, stating the time of shaming people who are pro-choice must stop.

“It’s useless for those who are against abortion to present people who are in favour of abortion as outsiders or heartless people,” Sant said.


Canada/USA – I’m so damn tired of debating abortion rights…

I’m so damn tired of debating abortion rights…

By Toula Drimonis
May 27th 2019

If you’re a firm believer in people’s right to determine their own reproductive destiny and find yourself extra-angry these days, you’re not alone. The recent backsliding on women’s rights we’ve witnessed in Alabama and seven other U.S. states, has many of us reeling. This strict new legislation basically criminalizes the procedure and treats anyone seeking an abortion or attempting to administer one as a criminal who could face life in prison. But this didn't just happen. The groundwork for this gigantic step backwards for reproductive freedom was initially taken two years ago.

After Donald Trump won the U.S. presidency, I vividly remember waking up the next day in a bit of an exhausted daze. I had stayed up late, watching the results trickle in, desperately hoping that what was materializing before my eyes would turn out to be a bad dream.


Ireland – Opinion: ‘The debate on abortion isn’t over and don’t expect that it ever will be’

Opinion: 'The debate on abortion isn't over and don't expect that it ever will be'
The experience in the US shows that the divisive abortion debate will continue, writes Larry Donnelly.

Thu Jan 17, 2019
Larry Donnelly Law lecturer, NUI Galway

SOME READERS MIGHT be hoping for a break from this divisive debate, now that the legislation has been introduced and abortion services are being rolled out across Ireland for the first time.

Of course, that follows last May’s referendum in which the Irish people overwhelmingly opted to repeal the Eighth Amendment and, tacitly in so doing, to approve mooted legislation permitting abortion for the first 12 weeks of a person’s pregnancy.


Argentina president urges Congress to start abortion debate

Argentina president urges Congress to start abortion debate
By: LUIS ANDRES HENAO, Associated Press
Mar 01, 2018

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) - Argentina's conservative President Mauricio Macri said Thursday that Congress should launch a debate on broader legalization of abortion, though he said he opposes it.

Macri told lawmakers that he favors "mature, responsible debates," and his government believes that Congress should include the issue in its 2018 agenda.


Ireland: Abortion on request will follow shortly after repeal of amendment

Abortion on request will follow shortly after repeal of amendment
It’s hard to see how anyone can really believe 12 weeks is line in sand

Feb 6, 2018
Fr Chris Hayden

What will happen after the referendum on the Eighth Amendment? Will the issue be parcelled neatly away, so that those who see the result as a victory can rest easy, and those who see it as a defeat can arrive at a sad acceptance of the way things are? Far from it.

This is one issue that is not going away, irrespective of the outcome of the eventual referendum. Anyone who votes in the hope of finally laying the matter to rest will be disappointed.