8th Amendment

The head of Amnesty Ireland has said if the human rights organisation is breaking the law by accepting donations from foreign philanthropic organisations, then “so is the Irish Government”.

Committee expected to back repealing the Eighth

The Oireachtas abortion committee is widely predicted to vote to repeal the Eighth Amendment from the Constitution and replace it with new laws allowing for abortions in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy when it meets this afternoon.

Amnesty to fight order to return ’8th Amendment campaign’ donation to US based foundation

Amnesty Ireland has insisted tonight there is nothing underhand about the funding they have received from the American based Open Society Foundation.

Simon Harris: It would be 'desirable' to use Oireachtas abortion committee's findings for referendum

Health Minister Simon Harris has backed calls for the Oireachtas abortion committee's findings to be used as the template for next year's eighth amendment referendum despite claims substantial changes could be made before a vote.

Majority want greater access to abortion, according to poll

A majority of people want to see a change in the Constitution to allow for greater access to abortion.

Children's Minister details her exact position on repealing the 8th Amendment

The Children's Minister, Katherine Zappone, says abortion without restriction should be available up to the 12th week of a pregnancy.

Committee set to back repeal of Eighth Amendment

The Oireachtas committee on the Eighth Amendment is set to recommend a straight repeal of article 40.3.3, its complete removal from the Constitution, and for any future abortion laws to be decided solely by the Dáil.

Oireachtas Committee hears call for early referendum on the Eighth Amendment

There is a call by members of the Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment for a referendum on abortion to be held next May.

Pro-Life conference sees almost 1,000 attend

Almost 1,000 people attended the Pro-Life Campaign's National Conference at the RDS in Dublin today.

Pro Life Campaign hold National Conference in RDS today

The Pro Life Campaign is holding its National Conference today at the RDS in Dublin.

‘Draft’ abortion report expected by December 15

The Oireachtas abortion committee will complete a “draft” report on its findings by December 15 before releasing the final document to the Dáil on December 20.

Woman tells Oireachtas committee of abortion pressure

A pro-life campaigner who said doctors have “pressured” her and other women into having abortions has previously worked with a “rogue” crisis pregnancy agency that links abortion to mental health issues and regret.

Abortion Committee hears accusations of bias by pro-life members

Senator Ronan Mullen and Deputy Mattie McGrath both claimed that more pro-choice witnesses than pro-life ones were invited to give evidence.

Fianna Fáil may recruit Tóibín over 8th stance

Fianna Fáil could now look to poach Sinn Féin’s Peadar Tóibín after his party rejected his calls for a free vote on abortion.

TDs in talks to form new pro-life party

Former Fianna Fáil senator John Hanafin and a handful of Independent TDs have held talks about setting up a new political party before the next general election.

‘Constant battle’ over rogue crisis pregnancy agencies

The HSE is involved in a “constant battle” against rogue crisis pregnancy agencies, the Oireachtas committee examining the Eighth Amendment has heard.

HSE in 'constant battle' to be found ahead of 'rogue' crisis pregnancy agencies in online searches

The HSE says it faces a constant online battle to ensure that someone searching for crisis pregnancy information does not come across a rogue agency.

Pro-life groups ‘trying to undermine’ Eighth debate, says committee chair

The chairwoman of the Oireachtas committee on the Eighth Amendment says pro-life groups are refusing to attend as part of a wider strategy to undermine the referendum debate.

Pro-life groups ‘trying to undermine’ Eighth debate, says committee chair

The chairwoman of the Oireachtas committee on the Eighth Amendment says pro-life groups are refusing to attend as part of a wider strategy to undermine the referendum debate.

LIVE: Two pro-life experts cancel appearances; Oireachtas Committee described as ’kangaroo court’

The cross-party Oireachtas abortion committee is facing fresh claims of bias after two pro-life experts due to attend the group cancelled their meetings because they believe any discussion will turn into a "kangaroo court", writes Irish Examiner Political Correspondent, Fiachra Ó Cionnaith.

Only 6% of public aware that one in five English pregnancies end in abortion - new research

The Pro Life Campaign has said that with most of the focus of the abortion debate on repeal of the 8th Amendment, the public “are being deprived of the opportunity to consider what precisely legalised abortion would involve.”

Pro-life medical professor brands Eighth Amendment committee a 'kangaroo court'

An American medical professor, who was due to appear before the committee on the Eighth Amendment, has branded it a "kangaroo court".

State to pay €30k compensation to woman forced to travel for abortion

The Government has agreed to pay a woman who was forced to travel to Britain for an abortion after a fatal foetal abnormality diagnosis €30,000 in compensation for psychological trauma.

Catholic bishop says abortion is 'not a medical treatment'

A Catholic bishop has said that abortion is “not a medical treatment” but is “the direct and intentional destruction of an unborn baby and is gravely immoral in all circumstances”.

UCD President, Katie Ascough, describes ’abortion row’ vote as blow to ’freedom of speech, thought and association’

The President of UCD Students’ Union, Katie Ascough, who has been impeached following a referendum by students, has today described the circumstances leading up to her removal as a blow to freedom of speech, of thought, and of association.

Vigils held five years on from Savita Halappanavar's death

Vigils are being held across the country to mark the fifth anniversary of Savita Halappanavar's death.

Latest: Campaigners question whether there should be time limit for some abortions

Latest: Placing time limits on abortion for women who received a diagnosis of severe or fatal foetal anomaly is unworkable, campaigners for those affected have said.

Committee on the Eighth Amendment resumes

The Committee on the Eighth Amendment will resume hearings this morning.

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.

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.

Restrict 'keyboard warriors' in abortion debate

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

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.