Abortion rights

Ireland: abortion ban cracks

On Thursday 11 July, Irish parliamentarians passed a law finally allowing limited abortion rights in Ireland.

The law, passed by 127 votes to 31, allows for abortion only in cases where a woman’s life is in danger or if she is suicidal.

The new legislation, the first of its kind, does the bare minimum to comply with the 2010 European Court of Human Rights ruling which found that Ireland’s failure to regulate access to abortion was a violation of its human rights obligations.

However, it does not reform or add any new grounds for legal abortion.

The Irish parliament has passed a law allowing limited abortion rights in Ireland.

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Polish women’s movement grows

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Anastazja Oppenheim

Polish abortion laws are some of the most restrictive in Europe. Abortion is completely banned apart from in a few exceptional circumstances. It is allowed on grounds of rape, incest, if there is a severe health risk to the pregnant woman, or if the foetus is severely deformed and has no chance of survival.

Anastazja Oppenheim, a student activist and member of the Polish left party Razem, explains the background to the recent women’s strike for abortion rights.

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Polish women take to streets to protest against anti-abortion law

Mags, a Birmingham-based activist with the left-wing Polish group Razem, spoke to Solidarity about the Polish women's strike against restrictions on abortion rights.


In April this year a legal institute in Poland called Ordo Iuris put forward draft legislation for a ban on abortion.

Mags, a Birmingham-based activist with the left-wing Polish group Razem, spoke to us about the Polish women's strike against restrictions on abortion rights.

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Decriminalise abortion now!

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Kate Harris

The leadership of the Royal College of Midwives recently decided to support a campaign to fully decriminalise abortion. RCM’s Chief Executive, Cathy Warwick, was on prime-time news programmes advocating for abortion to be legal up to nine months and for abortion to be removed from criminal law.

There has been hot debate about this, with more than 200 midwives signing a statement disagreeing with the policy, and no end of right-wing columnists complaining. The main bugbear is removing the time limit, which currently stands at 24 weeks.

The leadership of the Royal College of Midwives recently decided to support a campaign to fully decriminalise abortion. RCM’s Chief Executive, Cathy Warwick, was on prime-time news programmes advocating for abortion to be legal up to nine months and for abortion to be removed from criminal law.

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Abortion rights for all!

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Charlotte Zalens

A Northern Irish woman who bought online and took drugs for an abortion has been given a suspended prison sentence.

The woman resorted to desperate measures when she found she was pregnant and could not afford to travel to England for a termination.

Northern Ireland is the only part of the UK where the 1967 Abortion Act does not apply. When conducting the defence the woman;s barrister told the court that if she had lived in any other part of the UK she would not have found herself before the courts.

A Northern Irish woman who bought online and took drugs for an abortion has been given a suspended prison sentence.

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Abortion rights for all!

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Charlotte Zalens

A Northern Irish woman who bought online and took drugs for an abortion has been given a suspended prison sentence.

The woman resorted to desperate measures when she found she was pregnant and could not afford to travel to England for a termination.

Northern Ireland is the only part of the UK where the 1967 Abortion Act does not apply. When conducting the defence the woman;s barrister told the court that if she had lived in any other part of the UK she would not have found herself before the courts.

A Northern Irish woman who bought online and took drugs for an abortion has been given a suspended prison sentence.

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When "I Choose Life" Meant Death

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Sean Matgamna

FOR a portrayal in miniature of the repulsive, tragic lunacy in which capitalist society ensnares humankind, you would be hard put to it to outdo the Mandy Allwood saga.

Wonder-working science transforms an infertile woman into a marvel of fecundity. For reasons of her own she ignores medical advice and, by accident or design, becomes pregnant not with one but with eight embryos.

She cannot possibly deliver any of her embryos alive. So her doctors tell her. For any of them to survive, six will have to be aborted.

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When "I Choose Life" Meant Death

Author: 

Sean Matgamna

FOR a portrayal in miniature of the repulsive, tragic lunacy in which capitalist society ensnares humankind, you would be hard put to it to outdo the Mandy Allwood saga.

Wonder-working science transforms an infertile woman into a marvel of fecundity. For reasons of her own, by accident or design, she ignores medical advice and becomes pregnant. not with one, but with eight embryos.

She cannot possibly deliver any of her embryos alive. So her doctors tell her. For any of them to survive, six will have to be aborted.

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When "I Choose Life" Meant Death

Author: 

Sean Matgamna

FOR a portrayal in miniature of the repulsive, tragic lunacy in which capitalist society ensnares humankind, you would be hard put to it to outdo the Mandy Allwood saga.

Wonder-working science transforms an infertile woman into a marvel of fecundity. For reasons of her own, by accident or design, she ignores medical advice and becomes pregnant. not with one, but with eight embryos.

She cannot possibly deliver any of her embryos alive. So her doctors tell her. For any of them to survive, six will have to be aborted.

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