The troubled history of the Eighth Amendment

Posted in politics on May 25th, 2018 by clemens

The Irish Times, April 25, 2018 by Sarah Bardon

[..] The ban on abortion was placed in the Constitution in 1983 in a preemptive move to prevent Irish women having abortions. However, it became clear over time the Eighth Amendment did not stop Irish women accessing terminations either by travelling to the UK or taking abortion pills.

In this video documentary, The Irish Times examines the Eighth Amendment’s history, its effect and its future.

Continued & video at source: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/the-troubled-history-of-the-eighth-amendment-1.3508351

Rural vs. urban: Ireland’s abortion divide?

Posted in politics on May 22nd, 2018 by clemens

BBC News, April 18, 2018 by Bruno Boelpaep and Claudia Headon

In one week’s time people in the Republic of Ireland will vote on whether they want to make changes to the country’s strict abortion laws.

It’s holding a referendum asking whether the Eighth Amendment should be repealed from its constitution. The amendment gives equal right to life for the mother and the unborn child. But do people living in Ireland’s cities see the issue differently from those living in its countryside?

Continued at source: http://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-europe-44160510/rural-v-urban-ireland-s-abortion-divide

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

Posted in politics on April 30th, 2018 by clemens

lovin.ie, 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.

Continued: https://lovin.ie/entertainment/tv-movies/rte-banned-referendum-film

Harris says unrestricted abortion ‘already happening’ in Ireland

Posted in politics on February 23rd, 2018 by monika

rte.ie, 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.

Continued: https://www.rte.ie/news/politics/2018/0221/942539-eighth-amendment-dail/

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.

Continued at source: https://www.economist.com/blogs/economist-explains/2018/02/economist-explains-0

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.

Continued at source: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/29/ireland-to-greenlight-referendum-on-abortion-law-reform

Committee Recommendations on 8th Amendment

Posted in politics on January 23rd, 2018 by clemens


 
claredaly.ie, 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.’
politico.eu, 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.
Continued at source: https://www.politico.eu/article/irelands-special-committee-recommends-repealing-abortion-ban/

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
irishtimes.com, 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.
Continued at source: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/fine-gael-td-calls-on-abortion-committee-to-push-recommendation-1.3334374

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: http://www.oireachtas.ie/parliament/media/committees/eighthamendmentoftheconstitution/Report-of-the-Joint-Committee-on-the-Eighth-Amendment-web-version.pdf

Members say they cannot compel the Government to accept their recommendations
irishtimes.com, 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.
Continued at source: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/oireachtas-committee-on-eighth-amendment-publishes-40-page-report-1.3333670