Vital’ that abortion not be a crime, says Zappone

Posted in politics on December 8th, 2017 by monika

Minister’s vexed remarks come as committee reviewing amendment set to make proposals
Dec 7, 2017 by Kitty Holland, Sarah Bardon
Abortion should be legal, safe and freely available to anyone who needs it, Minister for Children Katherine Zappone has said.
In her strongest comments to date, Ms Zappone said the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution must be removed and should not be replaced with other constitutional wording.
In a speech delivered at Dublin City University on Thursday evening, the Minister said decriminalisation of abortion was “vital”, while the 2013 Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act needed to be replaced with a law “under which abortion is safe, legal and available to all who need it”.
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Posted in politics on October 16th, 2017 by monika

Choicebox is a pro-choice organisation in Ireland that has created a series of video responses to the abortion rights movement in Ireland. The videos comprise people performing pieces of prose, poetry or drama that touch on the themes of choice and bodily autonomy. More videos will continue to be added to reflect the variety of ways in which the 8th amendment can affect the people of Ireland.

Here is the link to the website:
and Facebook:
And a direct link to the video most recently posted:


Abortion referendum set for May or June of next year

Posted in politics on September 28th, 2017 by monika, Mon, Sep 25, 2017 by Mary Minihan

Varadkar will bring indicative dates of various polls coinciding with elections to Cabinet

A referendum on the eighth amendment governing Ireland’s abortion laws is provisionally scheduled for either May or June 2018, according to a memorandum Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is bringing to Cabinet this week.

Indicative dates for upcoming referendums and future polls will be discussed by Ministers on Tuesday, with a number of votes possibly taking place on the same day as a presidential election.

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Northern Ireland women to get free abortions in England

Posted in politics on July 2nd, 2017 by monika

29 June 2017
Women from Northern Ireland will be able to get free abortions in England, the government has said.

More than 50 MPs from the major parties had backed a Labour-led call for the women to have access to NHS abortions in England. They currently have to pay.

The BBC’s political editor said ministers made the concession because it appeared some Tory MPs might back the call, risking a possible defeat.

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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

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.

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Leaked Labour manifesto promises abortion rights for Northern Ireland women

Posted in politics on May 13th, 2017 by monika

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.

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

Posted in politics on April 28th, 2017 by monika, 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.

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

Posted in politics on March 15th, 2017 by monika, 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.
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Abortion testimonies: ‘They made me feel like my life didn’t matter’

Posted in politics on March 5th, 2017 by monika, 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.
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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, 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.

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