USA Pregnant against their will, with few options, and fearing for their lives and safety “I’m in the family way again, and I’m nearly crazy, for when my husband finds out that I’m going to have another baby, he … Continued
An ad-hoc, non-affiliated group of activists, academics, artists and trade unionists are preparing a nationwide strike for repeal of the 8th Amendment to the Irish Constitution on 8 March 2017.
In mid-2016, a Citizens’ Assembly was initiated by the Irish Government to consider the views of the country on the future of the eighth amendment to the Constitution, which gives equal right to life to an embryo/fetus as to the woman carrying it. On 8 January, the Irish Times reports that the group discussed for the first time what their eventual recommendations on possible changes to the law might look like.
In June 2016, the UN Human Rights Committee ruled that Ireland’s abortion laws had subjected Amanda Mellet to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment, and discrimination, in violation of Articles 7 and 26 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
The Irish government has committed to a major overhaul of how abortion information is regulated. If it goes ahead, it would be the first time a government has moved to shut down crisis pregnancy agencies that give inaccurate or misleading advice
“We are Irish and our literature, poetry and music is read, recited and sung in countries that many of us will never even visit. We are Ireland, a tiny island making waves the whole world over. We’re Irish and we leave our sisters, our friends, our daughters, scared and alone in budget hotel rooms in London, Luton and Liverpool, because exporting a problem across the water is easier than dealing with it ourselves.”
The inaugural meeting of the Citizens’ Assembly has decided to hold four weekend-long meetings on the constitutional restrictions on abortion before submitting a report to legislators. The Prime Minister Enda Kenny said the issues the assembly will be discussing are “beyond party politics…deeply complex, hugely challenging and profoundly ethical”.
The Dublin crisis pregnancy centre exposed in an undercover investigation by The Times should be prosecuted for giving women bad advice, Simon Harris, Irish Health Minister, has said.
Ireland’s Children’s Minister, Katherine Zappone, believes that only offering abortions in cases of incest, rape and fatal fetal abnormality would “do nothing at all for most women in Ireland”. She argued that “Winning a referendum requires… a good knowledge base, factual counter-points to misinformation, and a large and organised canvassing effort across the entire country with clear and broad political support… Right now, only a limited referendum to allow for abortion in cases of risk to life, rape, incest, and fatal fetal abnormality seems able to muster those ingredients for success
Founder of the Irish Abortion Survivors Network, Melissa Ohden, on a radio show outlined her belief that abortion should not be allowed in cases of rape. Her comments were met with a passionate reaction from both sides of the issue, as listeners tweeted and texted into the show. Read this response on the importance of choice.