8th Amendment

Public hospitals will be obliged to provide abortion services if they are legalised here, regardless of their religious ethos, the HSE and the Minister for Health have both said.

Leo Varadkar hopes 8th Amendment debate will meet deadline

The Taoiseach is hoping a cross-party committee examining Ireland’s abortion laws will meet a December deadline on a decision after the members voted, by a majority in favour of not retaining the Eighth Amendment “in full”.

Medic: Savita died as result of abortion laws

Savita Halappanavar died as a direct result of Ireland’s abortion laws and not simply because she contracted sepsis, the author of the independent report into her death has said.

Abortion referendum moves closer as committee votes against retaining 8th Amendment

The cross-party Oireachtas committee examining Ireland's abortion laws has voted by a landslide not to retain article 40.3.3 of the Constitution.

Ireland 'would have illegal abortion epidemic without access to UK,' 8th Amendment Committee hears

Ireland would have an "epidemic of illegal abortions" and a "massive increase" in maternal mortality" if women were unable to access abortion in the UK, a senior doctor has warned.

Author of Savita Halappanavar report says 8th Amendment contributed to her death

Savita Halappanavar died as a direct result of Ireland's restrictive abortion laws and not simply because she contracted sepsis, the author of the independent report into her death has said.

Readers' blog: Five women a day have an abortion here using pills

ROSA is a socialist feminist organisation and stands for Reproductive rights against Oppression, Sexism & Austerity. 

Abortion headache will contribute to political stability until next year

Imagine either of the two parties finding themselves with abortion as an election issue, writes Alison O’Connor

Rónán Mullen and Mattie McGrath threaten to quit 8th Amendment hearings

The chairwoman of the Oireachtas committee on the Eighth Amendment has asked two pro-life members who threatened to resign not to leave the group amid claims it is biased and “a propaganda exercise in favour of abortion”.

Eighth Amendment chairperson dismisses suggestions pro-life voices not given fair hearing

Update 9pm: The chairperson of the Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment has rejected claims that she's treated anti abortion members unfairly.

Doctor warns Irish women travelling to the UK for abortion could be blocked by Brexit

Prof Malone said if abortion is not legalised in Ireland, it is vital to access to the British system - which has given terminations to as many as 184,000 Irish women since 1970 - continues.

Committee hears abortion should be integrated into health system

The World Health Organisation says the HSE should provide abortions as part of the national health service if abortion is legislated for here.

Each day an estimated five woman in Ireland are using abortion pills bought online: Pro-choice group

An estimated five women a day are illegally using abortion pills bought on the web, it has been claimed.

Oireachtas Committee on Eighth Amendment resumes today

The Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment will resume its deliberations on abortion today.

Rotunda Master before Eighth committee

Irish doctors should be allowed to perform abortions in cases of “fatal or complex foetal abnormalities” without the threat of being sent to jail, says the head of one of Ireland’s biggest maternity hsopitals.

70% would vote for abortion in limited cases

A reported 70% of voters said they would vote in favour of abortion in limited circumstances.

Fine Gael TD accuses colleague of ‘lies’ in abortion debate

Fine Gael concerns that the abortion referendum could ultimately tear the Government apart have been underlined after a party TD accused one of her colleagues of “lies” and producing “fake” facts on the issue.

I want so much more for Irish women than abortion on demand

The clear message to a woman who finds herself with an unwanted pregnancy is, “You’re on your own, sister”, writes Victoria White.

Restrict 'keyboard warriors' in abortion debate

Reporting restrictions imposed on broadcast stations during referendums should be adopted for the online world.

Restrict ‘keyboard warriors’ in abortion debate

Reporting restrictions imposed on broadcast stations during referendums should be adopted for the online world due to the “horrible” nature of “keyboard warrior” attacks during the early stages of the pro-choice and pro-life Eighth Amendment campaigns.

Latest: Thousands take to the streets of Dublin for #MarchForChoice rally

Thousands of people have gathered and walked the streets of Dublin for the annual #MarchForChoice rally today.

Impeachment vote to be held over UCD Students' Union president

Katie Ascough is a pro-life activist who's been criticised for removing abortion information from a student handbook.

Minimal change in abortion law is likely, and it won’t please either side

The committee will likely end up recommending abortion in restrictive circumstances, writes Alison O’Connor

Repeal vote won’t mean unrestricted access to abortion, say legal experts

Any vote to repeal the Eighth Amendment will not lead to “abortion on demand” due to the separate legal and political hurdles such a result is almost certain to face.

Vote to repeal 8th Amendement will not lead to abortion on demand, commitee hears

Any vote to repeal the eighth amendment will not lead to "abortion on demand" due to the separate legal and political hurdles such a result is almost certain to face an Oireachtas Commitee has heard, writes Political Correspondent Fiachra Ó Cionnaith.

Calls for partial or full repeal of 8th Amendment would have same effect: Pro Life Campaign

The Pro Life Campaign has said that calls for “partial” or “full” repeal of the 8th Amendment would have the same effect in that both options would strip unborn babies of all meaningful protections under the law.

Katherine Zappone applauds 'ambitious deadline' for abortion referendum

Children's Minister and prominent pro-choice campaigner Katherine Zappone has warned Government must ensure the eighth amendment vote takes place before the next election and does not suffer delays or it could be postponed for "a long time".

Readers Blog: Stalinist tactics used in debate on abortion

Last week a former master of the Coombe Hospital, Prof Chris Fitzpatrick, complained that people are “firmly pro-choice or pro-life; nobody seems to live in the space in between”.

Election plans set to take a back seat to referendum debate

The electoral damage the Eighth Amendment referendum could cause Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil means a 2018 general election is far less likely than it seems, writes Political Correspondent Fiachra Ó Cionnaith

Fine Gael beaten to the benches as committee meets for first time on Eighth Amendment

With handmaids protesting outside, the budget and abortion dominated on day one, writes Political Editor Daniel McConnell.

Pro-choice campaigners dress as The Handmaid's Tale characters in protest outside Dáil

The demonstration by women wearing the famous white bonnets and red cloaks, coincided with the first meeting of the Committee on the Eighth Amendment.

Citizens' assembly conclusions 'fair, balanced and neutral' says chair

Speaking during the first public meeting of the cross-party Oireachtas committee on the eighth amendment, Ms Laffoy said TDs and senators must take responsibility for what happens next.

Maternity Hospital Master Rhona Mahony supports repeal of 8th Amendment

Maternity Hospital Master Rhona Mahony has said she favours repeal of the 8th Amendment on abortion.

The Eighth Amendment: Pro Life and Pro Choice groups take part in opposing rallies in Dublin

Latest: RTÉ have reported that tens of thousands of people attended the rally for life in Dublin today.

Rally calling for repeal of the Eighth Amendment taking place this afternoon

A 'Repeal the Eighth' rally will take place in Dublin this afternoon.

Nine women travelled to the UK for an abortion every day last year

Nine women travelled to the UK for an abortion every day last year.

Latest: Pro Life group hit out at ’grossly irresponsible’ use of case to attack 8th Amendment

The Pro Life Campaign has hit out at what they claim is the "grossly irresponsible" use by pro choice advocates of selected details of today’s news that a young woman had been denied an abortion under the 2013 Abortion Act.

Mixed reaction to latest opinion poll on Ireland's abortion laws

The Coalition to Repeal the Eighth Amendment has said that a new opinion poll underlines the need for the Government to act swiftly to liberalise Ireland's abortion laws.

Simon Coveney 'uncomfortable' with abortion recommendations

Housing Minister Simon Coveney says he does not support proposals that would allow abortion on demand in Ireland.

February 2018 is the 'earliest time for a possible abortion referendum'

February 2018 is the earliest there could be an abortion referendum, according to the Children's Minister.

Pro-choice campaigners call for Eighth Amendment referendum 'this Autumn'

Pro-choice campaigners are calling for a referendum this Autumn on the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution.

Everything you need to know about the Citizens' Assembly recommendations on abortion

The Citizens' Assembly have concluded their deliberations and have - among other things - recommended that women should be able to legally access abortion in Ireland, with no restriction.

Latest: Sinn Féin pressing ahead with campaign to repeal 8th Amendment

LATEST:Sinn Féin has said the Oireachtas should not be bound by the Citizens Assembly's findings on abortion.