‘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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Call for better access to abortions for women in direct provision

The Irish Refugee Council has called on Health Minister Simon Harris to put in place special measures for women in direct provision who wish to seek abortion services.

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Harris describes practices by US anti-abortion group as 'chilling' and 'manipulative'

American anti-abortion activists are making major plans to try and talk women in Ireland out of having an abortion.

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Longford councillor hits out at 'very personal' comments against GP in anti-abortion graffiti

A GP practice has been sprayed with anti-abortion graffiti in Longford.

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Second anti-abortion protest at Kilkenny clinic sparks renewed calls for exclusion zones

A second anti-abortion protest was held at a health clinic subjected to nuisance calls with gardaí investigating.

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Ronán Mullen says people have right to offer information to 'conflicted women' outside hospitals and clinics

A pro-life Senator claims Ireland has a healthcare establishment that 'almost seems to want to hustle' women towards abortion.

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Gardaí investigating after cars with pro-choice stickers have tyres slashed

A Garda operation has been mounted in parts of Cork’s northside after tyres were slashed on cars displaying pro-choice stickers.

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Workers’ Party calls for external investigation into alleged abortion data leak

A woman, who had a medical abortion at a Dublin hospital, claimed last week her personal information was breached.

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Leaks put every patient in every hospital in real and present danger

We don’t know her name, nor should we. We don’t know anything about her other than that she terminated a pregnancy in Ireland in the first month it was legally possible.

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Pope Francis urges politicians of all faiths to oppose abortion

Pope Francis has urged politicians of all faiths to safeguard the rights of the unborn and has exhorted abortion opponents to also assure that children are born into a world where they can live with dignity.

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Chief law officer questions woman’s eligibility to challenge North's abortion laws

Sarah Ewart has taken a case to Belfast High Court arguing the current law contravenes her human rights.

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Health Minister concerned about claim woman's details were leaked after she had abortion

The Health Minister Simon Harris has said he is concerned by claims a patient of a Dublin maternity hospital had their private information leaked.

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Belfast woman tells court of traumatic experience seeking abortion

Sarah Ewart’s experience was detailed during the first day of her fresh legal challenge of Northern Ireland’s restrictive abortion laws.

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NI abortion laws incompatible with human rights legislation, Belfast High Court told

A barrister for Belfast woman Sarah Ewart urged the court to ‘follow the lead’ of the Supreme Court.

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Women ‘should not have to leave Northern Ireland for abortion’

Campaigner Sarah Ewart from Belfast has pursued a long legal battle over treatment in the North.

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Northern Ireland’s abortion laws challenged in High Court

It comes after the Supreme Court ruled last June that the region’s abortion laws breach the UK’s human rights obligations.

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Pro-life protestors making Josepha Madigan 'the target' of their ire over referendum defeat

The Culture Minister Josepha Madigan has expressed disappointment after pro-life protesters forced the relocation of a talk she was due to give to a Catholic group.

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Statistics show 12 abortions were allowed under NI's 'restrictive and unfit' law in 12 months

Official statistics have shown that 12 abortions were carried out in Northern Ireland between April 1, 2017, and March 31, 2018.

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Update: Hospitals 'have an obligation' to follow new abortion legislation, says Tánaiste

The Tánaiste Simon Coveney has said hospitals have an obligation to make sure decisions on abortions are consistent with the new laws.

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Update: Board of Coombe Hospital have 'no role whatsoever' in approving an abortion

A woman who has learned her foetus has a fatal foetal abnormality has been denied an abortion, according to two TDs.

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Abortion hospitals lacked staff and resources

Hospitals in the south of the country were still awaiting “the promised staffing and resources” needed to provide abortion a day before the service was introduced.

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Medical professions raise concern about preparedness of abortion services

Some members of the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists have raised concerns about the preparedness for providing abortion care.

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Readers blog: Repeal side quick to call for sanctions now they are gamekeeper

In the run up to last year’s May referendum, we were continually reminded of the chilling effect of the Eighth Amendment and its associated maximum penalties, on both women and on members of the medical profession.

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Economist defends position as tweet on planned abortion in Drogheda described by Minister as 'pretty darn despicable'

Health Minister Simon Harris said he found it “pretty darn despicable” that somebody would take to social media and try to create a public conversation about an individual patient's care.

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Anti-abortion protest outside Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda

Half a dozen people who are anti-abortion are holding a protest outside Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda, Co Louth today.

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