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‘FF TD told us he arranged an abortion for his niece, but he was against abortion’

Posted in politics on May 13th, 2017 by monika – Be the first to comment

Face the 50: The X-ile Project’s online gallery of women who shared experiences of abortion has grown to 50 photos

irishtimes, May 12, 2017, by Rosita Boland

On December 10th, 2015, 11 portraits of women were posted online to a new website. Nothing unusual or remarkable about that entirely routine event. Countless new websites appear every day around the world. But this one went on to be reported by news organisations in the US, Australia, Britain, Poland, Italy, India, Belgium, Germany and France. It was picked up by outlets as diverse as The New York Times, Buzzfeed, The Guardian, The Pool, Mashable, Le Figaro and The Telegraph.

These photographs were of women who, while living in Ireland, had all shared the same experience; of having had an abortion. The gallery of their portraits was the first to go online in the X-ile Project. There were more than 10,000 hits in the first few hours when it went online originally. On May 12th, the photographs of 17 new participants in the project will be added to the ever-growing gallery, bringing the number to 50.

Continued at source: Irish Times: www.irishtimes.com

Leaked Labour manifesto promises abortion rights for Northern Ireland women

Posted in politics on May 13th, 2017 by monika – Be the first to comment

irish legal news, May 11, 2017

A leaked draft of Labour’s general election manifesto includes a commitment to extending abortion rights to women in Northern Ireland.

Details from the draft document, which is set to be approved by Labour’s governing executive today, were published by The Telegraph last night.

A full PDF of the draft text has been published by BBC News.

Continued at source: Irish Legal: www.irishlegal.com

Irish people have dared to speak on abortion. Our government must listen

Posted in politics on April 28th, 2017 by monika – Be the first to comment

theguardian.com, 26 April 2017 by Grainne Maguire

The story was that abortion could be tolerated in only the most limited of circumstances. Then 99 members of the public were asked what they thought.

In 1916, when revolutionaries were putting the final touches to the proclamation of independence, the manifesto of the Irish state, there was one phrase that kept holding everything up: should it be addressed to the men of Ireland as Pádraig Pearse insisted, or the men and women, as James Connelly argued? Connelly won, but whose revolution it actually was is still up for debate 101 years later.

Last weekend, a national assembly set up by the taoiseach, Enda Kenny, to debate access to abortion in Ireland announced its results.

Continued at source: www.theguardian.com

 “The Time Has Come”: Thousands March To Legalise Abortion In Ireland

Posted in politics on March 15th, 2017 by monika – Be the first to comment

buzzfeed.com, Mar. 8, 2017 by Laura Silver

“I treated a girl who was so desperate, she performed her own abortion with a coat hanger,” a retired nurse who attended the protest told BuzzFeed News.

DUBLIN – Thousands of people marched through Ireland’s capital on Wednesday evening to demand the government repeals its highly restrictive abortion laws.
The “March4Repeal” was the culmination of a series of actions planned for International Women’s Day to protest against the eighth amendment of the Irish constitution, which states that abortion is prohibited except for when a pregnant woman’s life is seen to be at immediate risk.
Continued at source: www.buzzfeed.com

Abortion testimonies: ‘They made me feel like my life didn’t matter’

Posted in politics on March 5th, 2017 by monika – Be the first to comment

irishtimes.com, March 4, 2017  by 
Ronan McGreevy

Women directly affected by Irish abortion laws speak to Citizens’ Assembly

Six women who were directly affected by the State’s abortion laws have given personal testimony to the Citizens’ Assembly examining the Eighth Amendment.
The pre-recorded audio interviews were played to the 99 members of the assembly on Saturday afternoon with one going back almost 50 years.
Read full article: www.irishtimes.com

Four Irish women open up about the ‘barbarity’ of being forced to travel to England for an abortion

Posted in politics on February 6th, 2017 by monika – Be the first to comment

iNews.co.uk, February 3rd 2017 by Katie Grant
Every year thousands of Irish women travel to England for an abortion. In 2015 a total of 3,451 women and girls from the Republic of Ireland travelled to England to have an abortion performed, according to Department of Health figures. A further 833 came from Northern Ireland and 105 from the Isle of Man. As pressure mounts on the Irish government to hold a referendum to repeal the country’s restrictive abortion laws, i speaks to women who have made the journey to England to end a pregnancy. Their accounts have been edited slightly for clarity and length.

Read full article: inews.co.uk

New confidential helpline to advise women who buy illegal abortion pills online

Posted in politics on September 1st, 2016 by monika – Be the first to comment

Telegraph.co.uk, 1 September 2016 by Telegraph Reporters

A confidential telephone helpline for women who have used abortion pills bought online is launching today.

Bpas is helping women who have no choice but to buy abortion pills on the internet

Bpas is helping women who have no choice but to buy abortion pills on the internet

The British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) has set up the free service to provide aftercare for women living in Ireland, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man. Access to abortion services is severely restricted in these regions and thousands of women are forced to travel to England each year to undergo terminations. Those who are unable to do so, often for financial reasons, resort to ordering illegal abortion medication on the internet for as little as £50.

In England, Scotland and Wales, women can access abortions – either via pills or a surgical procedure – through NHS services and clinics.

Read full article: www.telegraph.co.uk

Irish Woman Live-Tweets Trip to Get Abortion in England

Posted in politics on August 24th, 2016 by monika – Be the first to comment

new york times, August 23, 2016 by Liam Stack

A march for changes in abortion law in Dublin in 2012. Credit Peter Muhly/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

A march for changes in abortion law in Dublin in 2012. Credit Peter Muhly/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

Two Irish women who live-tweeted a trip to England so that one of them could get an abortion set off a debate over the weekend, highlighting the restrictions placed on the procedure in their home country and renewing pressure on the government to respond to calls for change.
Abortion is banned in Ireland unless a woman faces an immediate risk of death, a high bar that leads thousands to leave the country each year to have the procedure. The woman who live-tweeted her abortion journey from the account @TwoWomenTravel was one of them.
Accompanied by a close friend, she awoke before dawn on Saturday and made her way to Dublin Airport for a 6:30 a.m. flight to Manchester, England.

Read full article: www.nytimes.com

The Real Story Behind Ireland and Isle of Man Abortion Figures

Posted in politics on May 21st, 2016 by monika – Be the first to comment

awid.org (The Association for Women’s Rights in Development), 18 May 2016

2015 DoH report shows small change in numbers of women travelling but hide real picture of harm done by Ireland and Isle of Man’s abortion laws.
The 2015 abortion statistics published by the Department of Health today show minimal differences in the numbers of women travelling to access a safe, legal abortion in England, reporting a slight decrease in the number of women from the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland and a more substantial increase in the number travelling from the Isle of Man.

However, a steep increase in calls from these countries to Abortion Support Network (ASN), which provides financial assistance, practical information and accommodation to women forced to travel to England to access an abortion, reveals the real story.
In 2015, Abortion Support Network received calls and emails from 648 women, couples and families seeking help in accessing a safe and legal abortion in England. ASN has heard from an additional 257 in the first four months of 2016 (Jan-April) which includes a slight increase in contacts from people in Northern Ireland, likely related to the recent conviction of a young woman for taking safe but illegal early medical abortion pills.
Abortion Support Network Director Mara Clarke said:

Abortion Support Network is an almost entirely volunteer-run charity helping women forced to travel to England to access abortion. We speak to women directly and hear first-hand of the difficulties and distress they are forced to endure because they cannot access a safe legal abortion in their own country.

These Department of Health abortion statistics only tell us how many women gave an Irish, Northern Irish or Isle of Man address at a UK family planning clinic; ASN knows these numbers only tell part of the story.
These numbers do not capture the women who cannot travel – women who need but cannot obtain passports or visas needed to travel, women who cannot escape from violent partners and women who do not have the £400 to £2,000 it costs to travel to England and pay privately for an abortion and who don’t know that ASN exists and can help them.

They do not include the women who come to England and give the address of a local friend or family member, the women who travel to other countries to access abortions, or the hundreds – if not thousands – of women who are obtaining early medical abortion pills online from Women Help and Women on Web, the two reputable groups providing these medications, or the hundreds more taken in by scam websites who steal women’s money.
Read full article: www.awid.org

Abortion Trials Force Political Shift In Ireland

Posted in politics on May 2nd, 2016 by monika – Be the first to comment

ndtv, May 02, 2016

Highlights

Regional elections to be held in Northern Ireland on Thursday
Prosecution of women over abortion emerges as key campaign issue
Abortion is banned in all cases except if mother’s life is in danger

Northern Ireland currently bans abortion in all cases except when the life of the mother is in danger. (Representational Image)

Northern Ireland currently bans abortion in all cases except when the life of the mother is in danger. (Representational Image)

The prosecution of women in Northern Ireland over abortion has become a key campaign issue ahead of regional elections on Thursday, with unprecedented political support for reforming the law.

A 21-year-old woman was prosecuted earlier this year for taking pills to induce a miscarriage, while a mother has been charged after ordering medication over the Internet to help her daughter end an unwanted pregnancy.
The prosecutions have fuelled a campaign against one of Europe’s most stringent abortion laws and a backlash by anti-abortion campaigners and the Catholic Church who have urged voters to boycott candidates favouring reform.
“I am not coming at this from an ideological viewpoint but as someone who lives in the real world,” Ruth Patterson, an independent unionist candidate in the South Belfast constituency.
Patterson is one of a number of candidates calling for an extension of a more liberal abortion law covering the rest of the United Kingdom to Northern Ireland.
Northern Ireland currently bans abortion in all cases except when the life of the mother is in danger.
More socially conservative than most parts of mainland Britain, it never adopted the laws on the issue governing the rest of the UK which were passed in 1967.
The only two European states with stricter laws — total bans on abortion — are Malta and the Vatican. Ireland also has tough legislation banning abortion in the vast majority of cases.

A ‘Backward’ Place

Cracks in the status quo, however, are beginning to appear.
The incumbent power-sharing administration in the UK province unites historic foes the Democratic Unionists — a mainly Protestant party which wants Northern Ireland to stay in the UK — and Sinn Fein, Catholic republicans who want a united Ireland.
Unionists and republicans were divided during three decades of sectarian unrest which killed around 3,500 people and was largely ended by a 1998 peace deal.
The Democratic Unionists pointedly fail to mention abortion in their election manifesto.
Sinn Fein has pledged to legislate in favour of abortion in cases of fatal foetal abnormality, rape and incest.
Launching Sinn Fein’s manifesto this week, deputy first minister Martin McGuinness, claimed rival parties had “run away” from the issue of abortion.

Read full article: www.ndtv.com