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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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, 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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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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Anti-abortionists challenged

Anti-abortion group Abort67 appeared outside Sussex University campus on 6 March, giving only several hours notice of their unwanted arrival.

The group of seven people (mostly men over 40) carried with them a large banner with graphic, distressing images of abortions and similar leaflets that they attempted to distribute.

They were met by about 100 Sussex students aiming to confront and disband the group.

Though they refused to leave immediately it was a victory that there was such strong opposition to this regressive group.

Anti-abortion group Abort67 appeared outside Sussex University campus on 6 March; they were met by about a hundred students aiming to confront and disband them.

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Spanish pro-choice march

Thousands of Spaniards protested on 1 February against a draft law to restrict access to abortion. The law would limit abortion to cases of rape and instances where the health of the mother was at serious risk. The current law, brought in the Socialist government in 2010, gives women the right to abort up to the 14th week of pregnancy.

Thousands of Spaniards protested on 1 February against a draft law to restrict access to abortion.

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40 days of bigotry

Not content with harassing women outside abortion clinics during Lent, the religious “40 Days for Life” anti-abortionists are repeating their campaign from 25 September to 3 November.

They plan 8am-7pm prayer vigils, 7 days a week in London (Stratford BPAS), Cardiff, Birmingham, Leeds, Leamington Spa, Milton Keynes and Manchester.

They will be giving out leaflets to women going into the clinic which include lies like “having an abortion could give you breast cancer”.

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Religious “40 Days for Life” anti-abortionists are holding prayer vigils in London, Cardiff, Birmingham, Leeds, Leamington Spa, Milton Keynes and Manchester.

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Killed by anti-choice bigotry

According to an inquest on Friday 26 April, “medical misadventure” caused the death of Indian dentist Savita Halappanavar. She died on 28 October 2012 after she was denied an emergency abortion in a Galway hospital.

Savita Halappanavar was 17 weeks pregnant when she died. The inquest found that the specific cause of death was severe septic shock, e-coli in the bloodstream and a miscarriage.

Indian dentist Savita Halappanavar died after she was denied an emergency abortion in a Galway hospital.

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Why we defend abortion rights

Rosie Woods answers frequently asked questions about the current threats to abortion rights.

What is all the fuss about? Women have the right to choose to have an abortion in the UK don’t they?

No, women do not have the right to choose!

First, though Northern Ireland is part of the UK the 1967 Abortion Act does not apply there. Nowhere in the island of Ireland do women have access to safe, legal abortion.

Abortion law is very limited: usually abortion is available only up to 24 weeks and has to be agreed to by two doctors using strict criteria.

We answer frequently asked questions about the current threats to abortion rights.

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Fight for women's right to choose

Campaigners for women’s rights staged demonstrations in Dublin and all over the world in protest at the death of Savita Halappanavar.

Savita, living and working in Ireland, had asked for an abortion 17 weeks into her pregnancy.

Her request, based on the knowledge that she had miscarried, was refused by doctors because they said they could hear a foetal heartbeat.

Savita fell ill as the pregnancy continued and later died of septicaemia.

Abortion is strictly illegal in Ireland.

Campaigners for women’s rights staged demonstrations in Dublin and all over the world in protest at the death of Savita Halappanavar.

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