9 November 2022
Susana Suisuiki, RNZ Pacific Journalist
A report on women's health in Solomon Islands has revealed that unsafe abortion practices is a serious public health issue.
The Solomon Islands Planned Parenthood Association (SIPPA) study surveyed women across the Solomons to gather their personal experiences with abortion and contraception.
Saturday, 29 Oct 2022
By Colman O'Sullivan
Around a thousand people have marched in Dublin to mark the tenth anniversary of the death of Savita Halappanavar and to call for changes to abortion laws.
Speaking at the Garden of Remembrance before the march set off, Orla O'Connor of the National Women's Council called for an end to the three-day waiting period before a woman can get an abortion and the abolition of the 12-week limit.
1 May 2022
The threat of criminal sanctions hangs over medical practitioners who provide abortion services in Ireland, politicians have been told.
Alison Spillane, a senior policy and research officer at the Irish Family Planning Association (IFPA), described to the Oireachtas Health Committee how the fear of prosecution “sits in the consultation room” between patient and doctor.
Women’s council plans to address 12-week limit and poor national coverage
Tue, Apr 26, 2022
Politicians will hear calls for a less restrictive abortion regime, including extending the current 12-week limit to allow terminations on request “up to viability”.
The National Women’s Council (NWC) and the Irish Family Planning Association (IFPA) will suggest reforms to the rules on abortion when representatives appear before the Oireachtas Health Committee on Wednesday.
Senators raise concern that just one in 10 GPs provide abortion care
Tue, May 25, 2021
Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has been urged to outline arrangements for
the review of abortion legislation, on the third anniversary of the referendum
to repeal the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution.
The Termination of Pregnancy Act provides for a review of the legislation three
years after its implementation and Fianna Fáil Senator Mary Fitzpatrick said
the legislation has worked for many women but it “has not been perfect”.
Coverage a barrier to accessing services in rural and marginalised areas, study finds
May 24, 2021
Only one in 10 GPs in the State provide abortion services, according to a paper published by the National Women’s Council.
While GPs providing early medical abortions are “very committed”, coverage remains a significant barrier to accessing services in rural areas and in marginalised communities, it states.
Inquiry into claims woman was contacted by anti-abortion activists
Friday, 1 Feb 2019
By Mary Regan,
The Health Service Executive is investigating an alleged breach of patient confidentiality after a woman who had a termination at the National Maternity Hospital in Holles Street in Dublin claimed she was subsequently contacted by anti-abortion activists.
The HSE and Minister for Health Simon Harris have both said they are very concerned about the allegations that a woman received a phone call last Wednesday from a man who knew her name and was aware that she had accessed a legal abortion two days earlier.
Day on which abortion services become legal described as ‘historic day’ for Ireland
Department of Health and HSE websites updated to carry details on available services
Jan 1, 2019
Harry McGee Political Corresondent
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar was one of many public figures who on Tuesday welcomed the introduction of legal abortion services in Ireland.
Mr Varadkar said January 1st, 2019, would be marked as the day in which “abortion services become legally available in Ireland”.
At least 2,500 women may seek an abortion next year
December 15 2018
More than 2,500 women may seek a medical abortion from a GP or maternity hospital next year.
The figure is based on the number of early terminations recorded by UK clinics last year among women who travelled from the Republic of Ireland.
Abortion campaigners hail ‘historic day’ but eye changes
Activists celebrate but urge full decriminalisation and removal of three-day wait period
Dec 13, 2018
Ailbhe Smyth heard around 4pm that there was a possibility that legislation clearing the way for abortion in Ireland could pass earlier than the expected 10pm finishing time.
She hopped on a Luas and headed to the city centre to make her way to Leinster House. Following years of effort, this was not a moment to miss. She was not alone.