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28 September 2017 - Ireland to hold abortion referendum in 2018

Irish abortion law: Referendum 'to be held next year'
(BBC News, 26/09/2017)

The Irish government says it will hold a referendum next year on whether to change the country's laws on abortion, one of the strictest in Europe.

Voters will be asked to decide whether to change the Irish constitution under which abortion is only allowed if the life of the mother is in danger.

A woman convicted of having an illegal abortion faces up to 14 years in jail. But they are allowed to travel abroad for terminations.

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Referendum
 
Ireland to hold abortion referendum weeks before Papal visit
Foreign Staff (The Telegraph, 27/09/2017)
 
Ireland's prime minister announced a referendum on whether to repeal the country's ban on abortion in nearly all cases on Tuesday, with the vote due to take place just a few weeks before a visit from the Pope.

Leo Varadkar said the controversial referendum, which is likely to divide the largely Catholic country, would be held in May or June of 2018.

The following August the pontiff will travel to Dublin to attend the World Meeting of Families , in what will be the first papal visit to the country since 1978.


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'Repeal the 8th'

We can topple Ireland’s ludicrous abortion law, but it’s not a done deal
Emer O'Toole (The Guardian, 27/09/2017)

It is 34 years since the Irish people voted to amend the constitution to designate the right to life of the “unborn” as equal to that of a pregnant woman, effectively banning abortion. And for 34 years Irish feminists and their allies have been campaigning to end the shame and suffering that have been the fruits of our holy eighth amendment.

In 2011 the Abortion Rights Campaign organised its first annual March for Choice in Dublin. The police told the media that only 500 people had attended, a figure easily contradicted by video evidence. The national press barely blinked at us. The following year the then taoiseach, Enda Kenny, told Time magazine that abortion was “not of priority” for his government. We were not on the radar.

That year brought the senseless, preventable death of Savita Halappanavar during a miscarriage. The government reacted by passing the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act, a ludicrously restrictive piece of legislation that was soon proved to be unfit for purpose. In response, the movement to “Repeal the 8th” grew louder and braver.

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Risking Jail

Northern Ireland teen risks prison to get abortion pills for pregnant friend
Cate McCurry (Belfast Telegraph, 25/09/2017)
 
A student from Northern Ireland has described how she risks being jailed after helping a pregnant friend access abortion pills.

The teenager, who does not want to be named, revealed that even the threat of prison won't stop her from acquiring the pills.

The 17-year-old, who described herself as a pro-choice activist, criticised the high travel and accommodation costs for women who want to access free abortion care in England.

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Last update September 28, 2017
Créé le September 28, 2017
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