IRELAND: NORTH AND SOUTH – Women from Northern Ireland to have access to abortion in the South (next year…)

Simon Harris, the Irish Health Minister, has told the main political parties in Northern Ireland that access to abortion won’t stop at the border. He told the Festival of the People, an annual community event in West Belfast, that he was planning to ensure that women in Northern Ireland will be able to access terminations through the Irish health service after the law is reformed. He also called on the Northern Irish political parties to … Continued

TWO NEWS SHORTS: ANTI-ABORTION BEHAVIOUR REJECTED  

AUSTRALIA – Safe zones outside abortion clinics are welcome The New South Wales state government recently passed a law imposing a ban on anti-abortion protests outside abortion clinics. A commentary in response defends the ban by saying: “If you live in Victoria or one of the four other [Australian] states with such bans, then you won’t have seen one of these protests for a few years…. Still, I remember what the ‘protests’ looked like. They were … Continued

IRELAND – Justice for Ms Y – finally

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) of Ireland has acknowledged liability and said it is willing to compensate a young woman known as Ms Y for failing to ensure she was provided with an abortion when she first sought one as a teenager in 2014. Ms Y sought refugee status in Ireland after she was kidnapped, beaten, and repeatedly raped by the head of a paramilitary organisation in her home country. She discovered she was … Continued

IRELAND – Irish Health and Safety Executive (HSE) finally acknowledges responsibility and is willing to compensate a woman rape victim who sought asylum and was denied a legal abortion

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has admitted liability and said it is willing to compensate a woman known as Ms Y for failing to provide her with an abortion when she first sought one. Ms Y is a young woman who sought refugee status in Ireland after she was kidnapped, beaten, and repeatedly raped by the head of a paramilitary organisation in her home country. She discovered she was pregnant shortly after she arrived … Continued

IRELAND – Three great responses to the referendum result and how the future is already being shaped

Journalist Róisín Ingle said: “With the landslide for Yes, I finally felt like I belonged… The referendum result was Ireland confirming that women are equal citizens.” Journalist Una Mullally described what happened as a “collective victory driven by a national movement”. But she felt that with everyone clambering onto the victory wagon, young women were “already being written out of the story of repeal”. What was really remarkable, she said, “was the increase in turnout … Continued

IRELAND – Make haste slowly

  Anyone who wondered what the Irish media would have to talk about on the morning after the 8th amendment became history need not have worried. A rush to amend the current abortion law has started. Under the current law, the so-called Protection of Life during Pregnancy Act 2013, abortion is legal only when a pregnant woman’s life is at risk. This includes the risk of suicide. Exactly 26 women had a legal abortion in … Continued

IRELAND – Irish women won on 25 May!!!!

The final vote in 40 local constituencies found a two-thirds majority for yes. The vote in all 40 constituencies was 66.40% yes for repeal and 33.60% no. The highest yes votes were in various parts of Dublin, as high as 78%. The only constituency with a no vote was Donegal: 48.13% yes and 51.87% no. The total turnout was 64.13% of the electorate.

IRELAND – Vote yes for repeal, vote today, 25 May!!

  Today is the Irish referendum to repeal the 8th amendment to the Constitution: Vote yes for repeal, vote today, 25 May!!   WATCH THE VIDEO by London-Irish Abortion Rights Campaign Savita Halappanavar’s father, Andanappa Yalagi, called for a yes vote in her memory, and Professor Sir Sabaratnam Arulkumaran, who headed the enquiry into Savita’s death, also called for a yes vote. The professor said that she died because the team that was managing her … Continued

IRELAND – 1080 doctors in Ireland have called for a yes vote in the referendum – with commentary

  The Irish Times reported on 12 May that 1,080 doctors from across Ireland made a public declaration of their support for repeal of the Eighth Amendment in the upcoming referendum on 25 May, saying repeal will make abortion “safe and regulated” for Irish women. Standing in front of a projection of their names, Monaghan GP Dr Ross Kelly warned the current legislation had led to a breakdown of trust between women and their doctors. … Continued

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