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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Russian Parliament sanctions domestic violence

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Ann Field

10,000 women in Russia die of domestic violence every year. 40% of all serious violent crime in Russia and over 25% of murders take place in the home. Around 36,000 women are victims of domestic violence every day, and so too are 26,000 children.

These are the official statistics. The real statistics will be far higher. Many women do not report incidents of domestic violence, either for fear of repercussions from their husband or partner, or because complaints are often ignored by the police.

New law decriminalises "modest" violence on the grounds of protecting the "traditional family".

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Stop Trump: On the streets against the “Muslim ban”

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Organise, on the streets and in the labour movement! Argue for socialist, democratic, internationalist ideas which offer a real answer both to Trump’s rancid, right-wing, regression, and to the discredited status quo. That is how we can block Trump.

Against a determined push by Trump, the liberal bourgeoisie will not safeguard the mild cosmopolitanism on which it prides itself. It falls to the labour movement to defend even the limited bourgeois ameliorations.

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Trump: threat to abortion rights worldwide

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Elizabeth Butterworth
Trump-Pence are going after abortion rights in the US as well as globally.

One of Trump’s first executive orders after being installed as President was to reintroduce the Mexico City Policy, or “Global Gag Rule”: a technicality in the funding of overseas aid, which was introduced by Reagan, revoked by Clinton, re-introduced by Bush and revoked again by Obama.

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Repeal the 8th!

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Elizabeth Butterworth

The fight to repeal Ireland’s anti-abortion law, the 8th amendment, has been gathering steam, with trade union leaders gathering in Dublin to start a labour movement campaign.

In 1983, the powerful anti-abortion lobby, working with the Catholic Church, forced the government to hold a referendum on abortion, giving foetuses the right to life. The minority government, led by Fine Gael, has convened a Citizens’ Assembly which will discuss the 8th amendment, among a limited range of other issues including referenda and “super referenda”, over six months.

Currently, abortion is illegal in Ireland, including in cases where there is a risk to health, following rape, incest and when there is severe foetal impairment.

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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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