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
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
Facebook say they have blocked all foreign advertisements about the referendum The Irish Independent reports that as of 8 May 2018, Facebook would block all advertisements related to the 8th Amendment referendum that come from advertisers outside of Ireland, in response to criticism that unaccountable foreign advertising is gaining traction in the referendum campaign. However, organisations legitimately registered in Ireland are still able to post adverts. This means that the move will not prevent adverts … Continued
Fianna Fáil TD Timmy Dooley, who favours repealing the Eighth Amendment, has described as “disgusting” an anti-abortion leaflet depicting graphic scenes of fetuses, which was delivered to him in the parliament in early April in an envelope franked with a Government harp and marked freepost, without a stamp. *** A very thoughtful article, well worth reading, opens by asking: “How will you explain the abortion referendum to your children? The short answer is, I’d … Continued
Ireland is in the midst of a media storm in which something is published pretty much every day on abortion, featuring every politician in the country and many others with an opinion that have to air. Taken together it is a real political education in what our movement faces when trying to support law reform. On 27 March, a headline offered: “Six things to know about the abortion bill” and featured Irish Minister for … Continued
Ireland’s Supreme Court has ruled that protection for an “unborn child” do not extend beyond what is stated in the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution, which will be subject of a referendum later this year. This was a landmark decision, approved unanimously by seven senior judges, and means that the national referendum on the Eighth Amendment can take place as planned on 25 May as the only potential obstacle legally has been removed. The Court … Continued
News is pouring in from Ireland. On 20 February the Irish Cabinet agreed the wording for the draft legislation set the process in motion for a referendum on the 8th Amendment of the Irish Constitution. The amendment, passed in a referendum in 1983, gave equal right to life to a pregnant woman and her “unborn child”. Because the amendment was approved by referendum, apparently it must also be removed by referendum. Today, it was announced … Continued
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 Repeal referendum by end of May 2018 announced Prime Minister Leo Varadkar has said that the government intends to hold a referendum on repealing the Eighth Amendment before the end of May 2018. The referendum will be subject to parliamentary approval, with Varadkar saying the Cabinet had agreed on the preferred timeline. While the exact wording of the referendum question that will be put to voters has not yet been decided, Varadkar said … Continued
Stories from women who have had to travel to England from Ireland and Northern Ireland for abortions took centre stage at the Not at Home exhibition in London in December. Abortion is illegal in almost all circumstances in Ireland. It is also illegal in Northern Ireland, where the Abortion Act 1967, which allows women access to the procedure in the rest of the UK, was never extended. An estimated 10 women per day travel from … Continued