8th Amendment

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.

State risks further abortion compo after €30k payout

Ireland is at risk of having to pay compensation to thousands of women forced to travel abroad to receive an abortion unless the law is immediately changed to make the procedure legal and easily accessible.

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.

Readers' blog: Role of media in debate on the Eighth is questionable

The Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment may have made the inevitable referendum official, but campaigners have already been in referendum mode for months. 

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”.

Readers Blog: Honour Savita by changing the law

October 28 marked the fifth anniversary of the tragic death of Savita Halappanavar,  As a young woman from Galway, her story has stuck with me for the past five years, and served as a reminder of the dangers of the Eighth Amendment, writes reader Suzanne Coombs

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.

Debate on the 8th: Your views on Ireland's most divisive topic

The decision by the all-party Oireachtas committee examining Ireland’s abortion law to recommend the repeal of the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution in its present form has prompted many people to write to The Irish Examiner on the subject.

‘Death threat’ to abortion committee member

An Oireachtas abortion committee member received an apparent death threat two weeks ago, describing her as a “baby killer” who would be “put in hell where you belong R.I.P.”.

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.

How the death of Savita Halappanavar changed the abortion debate

The death of Savita Halappanavar five years ago has not yet lead to a transformation of the law on abortion but change will surely happen before much longer, writes Alison O’Connor

Eighth Amendment committee: Laws make parents feel like ‘outcasts’

Parents forced to go through the torment of giving birth to babies with fatal foetal abnormalities have spoken about being made to feel like “outcasts” by Ireland because of the country’s strict abortion laws.

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.

Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil to block votes at abortion committee

Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil members of the Oireachtas committee on the Eighth Amendment will block any further motions on the amendment if they are put down before the cross-party group completes its work.

Simon Harris says remove abortion from Constitution

Health Minister Simon Harris has said that abortion, and when it should be allowed for Irish women, must be taken out of the Constitution.

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.

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".

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.