The 10-Minute Film That RTÉ Has Banned Until The Referendum Is Over

Posted in politics on April 30th, 2018 by clemens, April 19, 2018 by Darragh Berry

‘Terminal’ a film which outlines the day in the life of someone who has to leave the country in order to have an abortion will not be shown by RTÉ until the referendum is over.

In the film “a girl and a woman meet in an airport departure gate. Just before they board a plane to Manchester, we witness a private exchange as they share the different reasons that brought them to this moment, and the traumatic journey that awaits them.”

The video opens with scenes of the young girl who is in the bath and looks upset and flips back and forth to the present day where she is stood in the terminal and seems to be waiting for a flight.


Harris says unrestricted abortion ‘already happening’ in Ireland

Posted in politics on February 23rd, 2018 by monika, Wednesday, 21 Feb 2018

The Minister for Health has said that unregulated, unrestricted abortion is already happening in Ireland because of the availability of abortion pills.

Simon Harris was speaking at the conclusion of a debate that ran over several weeks on the report of the Oireachtas Committee that examined the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution.


Ireland’s referendum on its abortion ban

Posted in politics on February 5th, 2018 by clemens

Repealing the country’s constitutional ban on abortion may be the easy part
The Economist explains by E.O’L. (Dublin), February 2, 2018

This week’s announcement that Ireland will hold a referendum in May on whether to repeal its constitutional ban on abortion is a sign of a huge shift in Irish society. In 1983 67% of its voters had endorsed a constitutional amendment that, in effect, banned abortion entirely, even in cases of rape, incest and fetal abnormality so severe that the baby could not live—and even when a termination was essential to save the woman’s life. Abortion in Ireland had already been illegal for more than a century, but anti-abortion activists had wanted a constitutional ban for fear that the law might in future be relaxed. Thirty-five years later not only is Leo Varadkar, the prime minister and leader of the centre-right Fine Gael party, recommending a repeal, he is also campaigning for abortion to be legal up to the 12th week of pregnancy.

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Ireland to hold May referendum on abortion law reform

Posted in politics on February 3rd, 2018 by clemens

National plebiscite on abolishing eighth amendment and allowing terminations up to 12 weeks
The Guardian, Jan 29, 2018 by Henry McDonald (Ireland correspondent)

Ireland will hold a referendum in May on reforming the country’s strict anti-abortion laws, according to the country’s health minister. Simon Harris confirmed on Monday that the national plebiscite will also allow for the Irish parliament to later devise legislation that would permit abortion in Ireland’s hospitals for women who are up to 12 weeks pregnant. The Fine Gael-led administration met to discuss the terms of the referendum to abolish the eighth amendment of the Irish constitution.

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Committee Recommendations on 8th Amendment

Posted in politics on January 23rd, 2018 by clemens, January 18, 2018

Ireland should repeal abortion ban, special committee says

Posted in politics on December 22nd, 2017 by monika

Committee says current regime for the termination of pregnancy in Ireland is ‘unfit for purpose.’, Dec 20, 2017, by Shirley S. Wang

An Irish legislative committee on Wednesday recommended amending the Irish constitution to repeal the clause banning abortion, in its final report.
“The current regime for the termination of pregnancy in Ireland is unfit for purpose and that constitutional reform is necessary,” the report says.
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Fine Gael TD calls on abortion committee to push recommendation

Posted in politics on December 22nd, 2017 by monika

Fianna Fáil TD says he will respect rights of party members to advocate different positions, Dec 20, 2017 by Sarah Bardon
Fine Gael TD Kate O’Connell has urged members of the Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment to bring their political parties with them in allowing abortions up to 12 weeks.
Speaking at the launch of the Oireachtas committee’s report, Ms O’Connell has urged members of the Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment to bring their political parties with them is allowing abortion up to 12 weeks.
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Oireachtas committee on Eighth Amendment publishes 40-page report

Posted in politics on December 22nd, 2017 by monika

here is the full Committee report released today, which recommends repeal of the 8th Amendment and abortion on request up to 12 weeks:

Members say they cannot compel the Government to accept their recommendations, Dec 20, 2017 by Sarah Bardon
Members of the Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment have insisted they cannot compel the Government to accept their recommendations.
The committee published its 40 page report on Wednesday outlining the decisions taken by members and the rationale for them.
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What is the situation with abortion in Ireland?

Posted in politics on December 18th, 2017 by monika

Orders for pills to end pregancy rise as number going to UK for terminations drops, Fri, Dec 15, 2017 by Ciarán D’Arcy
Current abortion regime in Ireland
Abortion is currently illegal in Ireland except in situations where a pregnancy poses a threat to the life of the mother, including suicidal ideation.
Of the 25 legal terminations performed in Ireland last year, only one was on the basis of suicidality. Just seven terminations were carried out between 2014 and 2016 under the grounds of suicidal ideation as included in the 2013 Act.
Ireland’s regime has led to a situation where most women seeking an abortion choose to avail of the procedure in another jurisdiction, usually the UK, or order abortion pills which are proscribed under Irish law.
The number of Irish women attending UK abortion clinics has fallen from almost 8,000 in 2002 to just under 4,000 last year in line with an increase in the number of abortifacients being ordered to the State.
The Women on Web service, which is one of a number of outlets offering to deliver abortion pills to Irish women, has experienced more than a tripling in orders from 548 in 2010 to 1,748 in 2016.
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Mail-order abortifacients can be intercepted by the Health Products Regulatory Authority. More than 2,500 were seized between 2014 and 2016, according to latest figures.
International comparisons
Most continental European countries allow for abortion up to a period of around 12 weeks’ gestation, although there are some outliers.
Portugal has the lowest gestational limit at 10 weeks, while the UK allows for abortion anywhere up to 24 weeks.
The Irish Family Planning Association (IFPA) estimates that up to 90 per cent of Irish women who travel to the UK for an abortion are less than 12 weeks pregnant.
The majority of abortions in the UK under 12 weeks are performed using medication, while many procedures after the 12-week mark are carried out surgically.
In the UK, abortion clinics women take a combination of mifepristone and misoprostol either orally or vaginally and usually over a period of between 24 and 48 hours, although the interval may be as short as six hours. The initial dosage is administered in the clinic with the follow-up pill taken by the patient themselves, and women typically do not avail of any aftercare treatment.
What a changed regime may look like
Members of the Oireachtas committee on the Eighth Amendment have largely upheld the recommendations of the Citizens’ Assembly on abortion by voting in favour of unrestricted access to terminations in the State up to 12 weeks’ gestation, with a sizeable majority of TDs and Senators also supporting the extension of abortion access to cases of rape and fatal foetal abnormalities.
According to IFPA chief executive Niall Behan, if those recommendations were to be made law, most abortions would probably be carried out medically rather than surgically, given the notional 12-week limit. Medical procedures would likely be performed by GPs as opposed to specialists such as gynaecologists or obstetricians, he added.

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Pressure increases on Government after committee votes on abortion

Posted in politics on December 14th, 2017 by monika

Possible dates for referendum on Eighth Amendment are May 14th and June 8th
Dec 14, 2017 by Sarah Bardon
The Oireachtas committee on the amendment has concluded that a number of significant changes should to be made to abortion laws in Ireland.

Pressure has increased on the Government to hold a referendum to repeal the Eighth Amendment and provide abortions up to 12 weeks following the recommendations of an Oireachtas committee.
The Oireachtas committee on the amendment has concluded that a number of significant changes should to be made to abortion laws in Ireland.
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