NORTH & SOUTH OF IRELAND – Abortion as a Workplace Issue: A Trade Union Survey North & South of Ireland

With more than 700,000 members in over 40 affiliated unions, the trade union movement is Ireland’s largest civic society body. Over half our membership is women for whom highly repressive abortion laws in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland are an impediment to full equality: without the right to make decisions about their own bodies, women are not truly equal.

We – Unite the Union, Unison, Mandate Trade Union, the CWU Ireland and the GMB – initiated and funded this unique cross-union, all-island survey to explore how such restricted access to abortion affects our working members.

IRELAND – Evidence on abortion prompts Fianna Fáil leader’s change of mind in support of women

Political party Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin says he changed his stance on abortion having evaluated the evidence from the Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment. He described the issue as deeply personal, not a party political one. He said: … Continued

IRELAND – Websites asked to reveal how many Irish women buy abortion pills instead of travelling abroad for abortion

The Health Service Executive (HSE) of Ireland is responsible for the provision of health and personal social services for everyone living in Ireland, with public funds. In the context of the current hearings by the Eighth Amendment Committee of the … Continued

IRELAND – “Every Woman”: NWCI appeals to middle ground on abortion law reform in Ireland

  The National Women’s Council in Ireland will launch a campaign this week to appeal to the “middle ground” in the abortion debate. The campaign, called “Every Woman”, will focus on women’s needs and the realities of their lives rather … Continued

IRELAND- Decision not to retain the 8th Amendment in its current form by joint parliamentary committee welcomed

  The parliamentary committee examining Ireland’s abortion law has agreed that Article 40.3.3, the 8th amendment to the Constitution, should not be retained in full. The decision ensures the committee will recommend a referendum, which the Government has scheduled to … Continued

IRELAND/NORTHERN IRELAND- One in five workers has abortion experience – trades union survey

  One fifth of workers have had “direct experience of abortion”, according to a survey conducted by researchers at Ulster University. The study, in which more than 3,000 union members in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland participated, highlights … Continued

Malta, Ireland, Canada : Abortion law and policy

MALTA National Youth Parliament: nine representatives call for consultation on abortion SOURCE/PHOTO: TVM, by Mtella’ Settembru, 13 September 2017 **********************    CANADA Liberals protest appointment of anti-abortion MP as chair of status of women committee SOURCE: Globe and Mail, by … Continued

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