Pro-choice campaigner wept after vote to make abortion lawful in North

Sarah Ewart, who has been campaigning for six years, broke down in tears as it was announced the vote had passed

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Demand for post-abortion support more than doubles, Cork Sexual Health Centre reports

Demand for post-termination counselling more than doubled last year, the Sexual Health Centre in Cork has reported.

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‘10,000 signatures in 48 hours’ to Theresa May opposing liberalisation of NI abortion laws

The signatures were part of a letter to Theresa May calling for politicians and the public to be consulted before any changes are made to legislation.

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Simon Harris says hospital exclusion zones a priority following 'inhumane' pro-life protest

The Minister for Health is promising exclusion zones outside hospitals will be a "major priority" when the Dáil returns from its break in September.

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SNP MPs to vote on legalising same-sex marriage and abortion in Northern Ireland

The party typically abstains on devolved matters at Westminster.

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British MP says Westminster will act on Northern Ireland abortion law

With Stormont suspended, the UK Women and Equalities Minister indicated MPs would act if Belfast’s High Court upholds a challenge to the current law.

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Another woman in ‘weak’ position being told what to do with baby

It was 1984. The country had just voted two-to-one to pass the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution to prohibit legal abortion, except when a woman’s life was in danger.

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Health Minister calls on HSE to query consultants' abortion services concerns

The Health Minister has asked his department to engage with the HSE to establish how four consultant obstetricians at a Kilkenny hospital have “decided unanimously” that their unit is not a suitable location for abortion services.

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Kilkenny hospital unsuited to abortions, say medics

Four consultant obstetricians at St Luke’s Hospital, Kilkenny, among them an anti-abortion campaigner, have written to GPs in the region to advise that termination services are not available in the hospital.

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Tiffany Haddish cancels show in US state over anti-abortion legislation

Georgia has banned the procedure once a foetal heartbeat has been detected.

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Fewer women travelled to UK for abortions last year

Fewer women gave Irish addresses at abortion clinics in Britain last year, but there was a 15% increase in the number buying abortion pills online.

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More than 1,000 NI women travelled to England and Wales for abortions last year

The NHS does not charge patients from the region for the procedure because it is largely unavailable at home.

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TD accuses Taoiseach of trying to hide alleged 'illegal abortion' case

The Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is being accused of attempting to sweep an alleged "illegal abortion" under the carpet.

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TD tells Dáil that family at centre of NMH termination case believe illegal abortion was carried out

A couple whose baby was aborted at the National Maternity Hospital after it was wrongly diagnosed as having a fatal foetal abnormality have claimed that an "illegal abortion" was carried out, a TD has told the Dáil.

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A year on, and many regret repealing Eighth Amendment

They didn’t vote for the trebling of abortions, for the refusal of pain relief for babies, nor for the proviso that doctors who refuse to comply must refer the mother on to one who will, writes Cora Sherlock.

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Pussy Riot to stage Planned Parenthood benefit concert in Alabama

The feminist band is set to perform on July 11, according to reports.

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Calls for more powers to protect women attending abortion clinics in Scotland

Councils should have the power to create buffer zones outside clinics, Lib Dem MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton said.

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Couple at centre of Holles Street termination case call on Minister to establish independent inquiry

A couple who terminated their pregnancy after a series of tests wrongly suggested the presence of a fatal foetal abnormality have called on the Minister for Health to intervene and establish an independent inquiry into their case.

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Imperfect system and cruel barriers still stopping women access abortion

Repealing the Eighth Amendment removed the ban on women accessing abortion in Ireland. But, one year on, issues such as the three-day waiting period mean that some women still cannot fully access the care they need, writes Joyce Fegan.

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#RepealedThe8th: People stood up for the women of Ireland

The hard-fought campaign to repeal the Eighth Amendment began as soon as it was inserted into the Constitution 35 years ago. Last year the nation collectively stood up for the women of Ireland, writes Ailbhe Smyth, former co-director of Together for Yes.

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Judge grants reprieve to Missouri’s last abortion clinic

Judge Michael Stelzer said Planned Parenthood’s St Louis clinic can continue providing abortions.

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Abortion rights campaigners urge entertainment industry to extend US boycott to NI

Five Southern US states have signed so-called heartbeat bills prohibiting abortion when a fetal heartbeat is detected.

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Louisiana’s Democratic governor signs abortion ban into law

It is the fifth US state to enact a law prohibiting abortion when a fetal heartbeat is detected.

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Missouri’s last abortion clinic ‘could close by end of week’

Pro-choice group Planned Parenthood said the current licence for the St Louis facility expires on Friday.

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‘Here we go again’: Judge blocks Mississippi abortion ban

Mississippi is one of several states that have pushed this year to enact bans on early abortions.

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Missouri governor signs bill banning abortions at eight weeks

Doctors who violate the eight-week cut-off could face five to 15 years in prison.

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Federal lawsuit filed to block Alabama’s new abortion ban

The American Civil Liberties Union and Planned Parenthood filed the lawsuit on behalf of Alabama abortion providers.

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Pro-choice activists demand change for Northern Ireland

Pro-choice activists have projected an image of a giant heart onto Northern Ireland Office (NIO) premises in London.

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Campaigners warn of pro-life attacks outside hospitals unless exclusion zones are introduced

Campaigners are warning of pro-life attacks outside hospitals if laws on exclusion zones are not immediately introduced.

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Google tightens rules on abortion adverts

Advertisers will need to seek approval from the tech firm before their adverts can appear.

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Taoiseach confirms independent review of abortion case at National Maternity Hospital

An independent review into the circumstances of an abortion at the National Maternity Hospital is to be carried out, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has confirmed to the Dáil.

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Hundreds march against Alabama abortion ban

The demonstration comes just days after the most stringent abortion law in America was signed by the state’s governor.

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Couple in Holles Street termination case call for inquest

A couple who terminated their pregnancy after a test suggested the presence of a fatal foetal abnormality want an inquest to take place.

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Clinic safe zones expected to be agreed next month

Safe zones for people accessing abortion services at GP offices or hospitals are expected to be agreed by the Government next month.

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Missouri legislature approves eight-week abortion ban

If enacted, the ban would include exceptions for medical emergencies, but not for pregnancies caused by rape or incest.

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Minister says review into Holles Street termination case is warranted; Couple 'devastated' reveals solicitor

Health Minister Simon Harris has said an appropriate external review is warranted into the controversy over a pregnancy termination at the National Maternity Hospital.

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Missouri legislature set to pass abortion ban at eight weeks

The ban would include exceptions for medical emergencies, but not for pregnancies caused by rape or incest.

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External review to be carried out into termination of pregnancy at Holles Street

A couple have been left devastated after aborting their baby because tests showed that it had a fatal foetal abnormality - only for a subsequent test after the abortion to show that it did not.

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Kentucky governor launches appeal against ruling striking down abortion law

Republican Matt Bevin’s legal team filed a notice of appeal with the 6th US Circuit Court of Appeals.

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Democratic White House hopefuls condemn state moves to restrict abortion

Several states have implemented severe restrictions at a time when the US Supreme Court has a conservative majority.

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Alabama Senate passes near-total ban on abortion

Critics have promised a swift lawsuit to challenge the ban if enacted.

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Northern Ireland’s strict abortion laws can be changed in Westminster, says peer

Lord Alf Dubs was speaking at the British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly.

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Alyssa Milano calls for sex strike in protest against US abortion laws

The actress’s tweet urged women to stop having sex ‘until we get bodily autonomy back’.

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Indications that abortion rate has trebled in one year a devastating tragedy: Pro Life campaign

Estimates that 800-900 abortions a month are being carried out in Ireland have been described as “a devastating tragedy” by the Pro Life Campaign.

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6,000 crisis pregnancy calls since abortion legalised

There have been 6,000 calls to the HSE’s crisis pregnancy helpline since abortion was legalised in Ireland.

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Some GPs 'intimidated' outside practices providing abortion services 'every single day'

Some GPs providing abortions services are being "intimidated" outside their practice "every single day."

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UK government urged to respond to court ruling over NI abortion laws

The UK government must respond to a court ruling that Northern Ireland's abortion laws are in breach of human rights laws, the Women and Equalities Committee has said.

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Tennessee the latest US state to introduce ‘trigger’ proposal to ban most abortions

The proposal, yet to be signed into law by Tennessee’s governor, would come into effect if the US Supreme Court overturned a 1973 decision.

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Other nations now looking to Ireland’s abortion model

Emergency medical abortion has embedded well in the community and the typical woman seeking the service has a family that is complete.

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Abortion services are safe and local, but it’s not a time for complacency

Safe abortion is here to stay - but there remains much work to do, writes Dr Mike Thompson.

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Safe access for abortion not a priority before recess

New laws guaranteeing that women who seek abortions will have safe access to hospitals is unlikely to be in place by the summer break.

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Rotunda Hospital now taking patients seeking abortions from across Dublin

The Rotunda Hospital is now taking patients seeking abortion from outside the Dublin area, not just its normal catchment area of North Dublin.

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Third protest held outside Kilkenny health clinic which has been subject to past intimidation

A third anti-abortion protest has been held at a health clinic which has been subjected to nuisance calls and intimidating letters which has resulted in gardai investigating.

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European Court of Human Rights to raise NI abortion issue with UK Government

A termination is only permitted in Northern Ireland if a woman’s life is at risk or if there is a danger of permanent and serious damage to health.

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Derry Girls stars help deliver abortion petition to NI Secretary

Nicola Coughlan, who plays Clare Devlin, and Siobhan McSweeney, who plays Sister Michael, joined 26 other women in the march at Westminster.

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'Suitcase march' calling for abortion access in North takes place today

A march demanding that abortion be decriminalised in Northern Ireland is to take place today.

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Anti-abortion activist vows to fight HSE over website

The anti-abortion campaigner ordered by the High Court to stop using a website with a name similar to the HSE’s abortion advice service has said he will counter-sue the HSE for unlawful claim on the title.

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Derry Girls duo take campaign for NI abortion reform to Westminster

Actresses Nicola Coughlan and Siobhan McSweeney will join a symbolic protest.

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Ruth Coppinger tells Dáil: woman who had to travel to UK for abortion was 'treated like a leper'

The Dáil has heard of a case of a young mother despite was refused a termination despite being given a tragic diagnosis in recent weeks.

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Harris told of fear over abortion 'barriers' in rural areas

A “sparse” rural abortion service is forcing pregnant women to travel long distances for a termination, pro-choice groups claim.

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