How a brave few are breaking Ireland’s abortion taboo

How a brave few are breaking Ireland’s abortion taboo

There is a theory in marketing called the diffusion of innovation. It explains how, why, and at what rate new ideas spread.

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UN says UK violates women's human rights by criminalising abortions in Northern Ireland

UN says UK violates women's human rights by criminalising abortions in Northern Ireland

The UK violates women's human rights by criminalising abortions in Northern Ireland, a UN committee has said.

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Women march in Poland to demand Abortion rights

Women march in Poland to demand Abortion rights

Campaigners marched in Poland to express their opposition to a proposal in parliament to further tighten the country’s already restrictive abortion law.

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Readers' Blog: Pro-abortion agenda affected 8th committee

Readers' Blog: Pro-abortion agenda affected 8th committee

As had been recommended, I availed of the holiday period to reflect on the proposals of the Oireachtas committee on the Eighth Amendment. 

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Latest: Summer date for abortion unrealistic, says Owen

Latest: Summer date for abortion unrealistic, says Owen

LATEST: A former Fine Gael Justice Minister has said that Pope Francis' visit next August might not be the only reason for delaying the abortion referendum.

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'I could never move back to Ireland if abortion law doesn't change'

'I could never move back to Ireland if abortion law doesn't change'

Irish pro-choice campaigners abroad say they are confident that shifting attitudes in Ireland will lead to a change in abortion laws.

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Fine Gael 'wants Cabinet unity on abortion referendum'

Fine Gael 'wants Cabinet unity on abortion referendum'

Fine Gael has called for Cabinet unity over the referendum on the Eighth Amendment.

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European report says Ireland's abortion laws pose risk to women's health

European report says Ireland's abortion laws pose risk to women's health

The report describes the health and human rights implications of these laws as "acute".

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Frances Fitzgerald could be appointed head of Fine Gael's abortion referendum campaign

Frances Fitzgerald could be appointed head of Fine Gael's abortion referendum campaign

Frances Fitzgerald could be appointed as the head of Fine Gael's abortion referendum campaign as part of her return to front-line politics.

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National Women's Council promising to speak for 'middle ground' in abortion debate

National Women's Council promising to speak for 'middle ground' in abortion debate

It has consulted its members and will publish suggestions tomorrow that could be acceptable to both sides.

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Thousands protest against plans for total abortion ban in Brazil

Thousands protest against plans for total abortion ban in Brazil

Many protesters carried their children in their arms or on their shoulders, shouting: "Our bodies are ours!"

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WATCH: Eighth Amendment Committee chair accuses pro-life members of trying to undermine her position

WATCH: Eighth Amendment Committee chair accuses pro-life members of trying to undermine her position

The chair of the Oireachtas Eighth Amendment Committee has today accused two prominent pro-life members of trying to "undermine" her position on the cross-party group.

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Ireland at risk of having to compensate thousands of women travelling abroad for abortions, Dáil committee told

Ireland at risk of having to compensate thousands of women travelling abroad for abortions, Dáil committee told

Ireland is at risk of having to pay costly 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, the Oireachtas Eighth Amendment committee heard today.

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Listen: Independent Senator Ronan Mullen labels Dáil Committee on 8th amendment a 'sham process'

Listen: Independent Senator Ronan Mullen labels Dáil Committee on 8th amendment a 'sham process'

Independent Senator Ronan Mullen has again criticised the Oireachtas Committee on the 8th Amendment, saying the process “has been cynical from the start”.

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Fianna Fáil ard fheis votes against pro-choice motion

Fianna Fáil ard fheis votes against pro-choice motion

Delegates at the Fianna Fáil ard fheis has voted against a motion calling for a woman's right to choose when it comes to abortion.

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Ireland to vote on retention of 8th Amendment in summer of 2018

Ireland to vote on retention of 8th Amendment in summer of 2018

Latest: A referendum on abortion rights will likely be held next summer, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said.

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Repeal the 8th campaign to hold Munster day of action

Repeal the 8th campaign to hold Munster day of action

A day of action is being held in Munster in support of the campaign to Repeal the 8th Amendment.

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Abortion vote 'a very personal question for each individual', says Micheál Martin

Abortion vote 'a very personal question for each individual', says Micheál Martin

Fianna Fail leader Micheál Martin said today that he is not going to air his personal views on abortion, but he believes the Irish people deserve a referendum on the 8th Amendment.

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Taoiseach doubtful eighth amendment will be passed with citizens' assembly recommendations

Taoiseach doubtful eighth amendment will be passed with citizens' assembly recommendations

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and two of his most senior Government colleagues have questioned whether the eighth amendment referendum will be passed if it allows unrestricted access to abortion in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, writes Fiachra Ó Cionnaith.

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Taoiseach: I don't believe women in Ireland are fully equal

Taoiseach: I don't believe women in Ireland are fully equal

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has acknowledged that women in Ireland do not enjoy full equality "in lots of different fields".

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Justin Trudeau urges Taoiseach to liberalise Irish abortion laws

Justin Trudeau urges Taoiseach to liberalise Irish abortion laws

Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau has told the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to liberalise Ireland’s abortion laws, as to have the choice is a “fundamental human right”.

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Call on government to make Irish abortion laws reflect that of rest of Europe

Call on government to make Irish abortion laws reflect that of rest of Europe

Abortion Rights Campaigners say it is time Ireland's abortion laws are brought into line with the rest of Europe.

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ICCL reveals range of issues to be discussed at UN Committee meeting

ICCL reveals range of issues to be discussed at UN Committee meeting

The Irish Council for Civil Liberties says it will be stressing the importance of inspections and reporting when it addresses the UN Committee Against Torture in Geneva today.

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Chile senate backs bill allowing abortion in some cases

Chile senate backs bill allowing abortion in some cases

Chilean politicians have taken a major step toward legalising abortion in some cases, a dramatic development in one of Latin America's most traditionally conservative countries.

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Joan Burton calls for abortion referendum 'preferably before the Pope’s visit'

Joan Burton calls for abortion referendum 'preferably before the Pope’s visit'

Labour TD Joan Burton has called for referendum on the Eighth Amendment to take place early next year.

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Latest: Eighth Amendment issue must be dealt with definitively, says Health Minister

Latest: Eighth Amendment issue must be dealt with definitively, says Health Minister

Latest: Minister for Health Simon Harris has said that it is important that the Citizens’ Assembly final report on the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution is given full consideration.

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Ireland must deal with abortion issue 'definitively', says Health Minister

Ireland must deal with abortion issue 'definitively', says Health Minister

Health Minister Simon Harris says Ireland must deal with abortion "definitively", after two women who had attempted suicide more than once were refused abortions in Ireland.

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UN Human Rights Committee rules against Ireland's abortion laws again

UN Human Rights Committee rules against Ireland's abortion laws again

The UN Human Rights Committee has ruled against Ireland's abortion laws for the second time in just over a year.

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Children's Minister: Any delay in abortion referendum would be a betrayal of women's rights

Children's Minister: Any delay in abortion referendum would be a betrayal of women's rights

Children's Minister Katherine Zappone has said that a referendum on abortion should take place by next spring, at the latest - and any delay would be a betrayal of women's rights.

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Latest: Citizens Assembly makes historic call to legisltate for abortion 'without restriction as to reasons'

Latest: Citizens Assembly makes historic call to legisltate for abortion 'without restriction as to reasons'

A special committee set up to deliberate on Ireland's abortion regime has made a landmark call for the procedure to be allowed without restriction.

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Citizens Assembly to decide on abortion law ballot

Citizens Assembly to decide on abortion law ballot

The Citizens Assembly will meet this weekend for the final time to discuss the Eight Amendment of the Constitution.

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Latest: Congress calls on Government to tackle gender pay gap

Latest: Congress calls on Government to tackle gender pay gap

LATEST: The Irish Congress of Trade Unions is calling on the Government to tackle our gender pay gap.

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'I was pregnant. I didn't want to be': Women tell personal stories to Citizens' Assembly

'I was pregnant. I didn't want to be': Women tell personal stories to Citizens' Assembly

Women who have been directly affected by abortion have been sharing their experiences this afternoon, at the Citizens' Assembly.

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Poll finds more people in favour of amending 8th amendment than repealing it

Poll finds more people in favour of amending 8th amendment than repealing it

A new poll on abortion shows that more people favour reforming our "right to life" laws than scrapping them altogether.

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Citizens' Assembly to hear personal stories of women who have had abortions

Citizens' Assembly to hear personal stories of women who have had abortions

Personal stories of women who have had abortions and crisis pregnancies will be heard by the Citizens' Assembly in March.

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Women travelling for abortions often come alone, unsupported, ashamed, Citizens' Assembly hears

Women travelling for abortions often come alone, unsupported, ashamed, Citizens' Assembly hears

The Citizens' Assembly has heard that 3,451 women from the Republic of Ireland travelled to England or Wales for an abortion in 2015.

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30 pregnancies terminated in 2015 due to Down Syndrome diagnosis, doctor tells Citizens' Assembly

30 pregnancies terminated in 2015 due to Down Syndrome diagnosis, doctor tells Citizens' Assembly

An expert in foetal maternal medicine at the National Maternity Hospital has said some 30 pregnancies were terminated in 2015 because of a pre-natal Down Syndrome diagnosis.

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Use of term 'fatal foetal abnormalities' to continue, Mary Laffoy rules

Use of term 'fatal foetal abnormalities' to continue, Mary Laffoy rules

The chairperson of the Citizens' Assembly has said the term "fatal foetal abnormalities" will continue to be used during its discussions of the Eighth Amendment.

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Citizens' Assembly to hear first formal debate today between both sides on abortion issue

Citizens' Assembly to hear first formal debate today between both sides on abortion issue

Latest: The chairperson of the Citizens' Assembly has said the term "fatal foetal abnormalities" will continue to be used during its discussions of the Eighth Amendment.

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Pope Francis will use visit to Ireland to speak against abortion, says Archbishop

Pope Francis will use visit to Ireland to speak against abortion, says Archbishop

The head of the Catholic Church in Ireland has vowed to mount a strong campaign against any referendum on the eighth amendment.

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Last day for public to voice opinions to Citizens' Assembly on 8th Amendment

Last day for public to voice opinions to Citizens' Assembly on 8th Amendment

People are being encouraged to have their say on the 8th Amendment.

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Two Women Travel pair appeal for sensitivity during abortion debate

Two Women Travel pair appeal for sensitivity during abortion debate

One of the women behind the Two Women Travel Twitter account has spoken about the difficulties they faced in traveling to England for an abortion.

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Varadkar and Ross have different views on timing of Pope's visit (it may clash with abortion poll)

Varadkar and Ross have different views on timing of Pope's visit (it may clash with abortion poll)

Two senior Government ministers have clashed over the planned 2018 visit of the Pope to Ireland due to the close proximity of the trip to a likely referendum on this country's abortion laws.

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Government will not oppose Labour Bill banning rogue crisis pregnancy agencies

Government will not oppose Labour Bill banning rogue crisis pregnancy agencies

The Government will not oppose a Bill from the Labour Party aimed at baning rogue crisis pregnancy agencies.

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Government 'must take reform steps to comply with UN abortion-law ruling'

Government 'must take reform steps to comply with UN abortion-law ruling'

The lawyer representing a woman who took a case to the United Nations over Ireland's abortion laws, says the case will only be settled when the Irish Government undertakes the necessary reforms.

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Members of public urged to have their say on abortion laws

Members of public urged to have their say on abortion laws

Members of the public are being urged to have their say on Ireland's abortion laws by a December 16 deadline.

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Taoiseach: Ministers will not get free vote on abortion

Taoiseach: Ministers will not get free vote on abortion

It appears Independent Ministers might not be given a free vote when the Dáil considers an abortion bill next week.

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Citizens' Assembly member replaced after link to pro-choice group emerges

Citizens' Assembly member replaced after link to pro-choice group emerges

It is understood that a member of the Citizens' Assembly has been replaced, after it was revealed they had previously been in a pro-choice group.

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Allow dignity, space and freedom for Citizens' Assembly, says Taoiseach

Allow dignity, space and freedom for Citizens' Assembly, says Taoiseach

A special committee set up to deliberate on Ireland's abortion laws has met for the first time this afternoon.

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Archbishop tells politicians not to forget their faith during abortion debates

Archbishop tells politicians not to forget their faith during abortion debates

Archbishop Eamon Martin has called on politicians not to forget their faith during debates on abortion.

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Repeal group calls for Government to set out timeframe for action on abortion laws

Repeal group calls for Government to set out timeframe for action on abortion laws

The Citizens' Assembly on abortion must focus on completely removing the 8th amendment from the Constitution, repeal groups have said.

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Minister wants abortion referendum 'as swiftly as possible' as tens of thousands protest in Dublin

Minister wants abortion referendum 'as swiftly as possible' as tens of thousands protest in Dublin

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs says she wants to see a referendum on a repeal of the 8th Amendment happen "as swiftly as possible".

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We need to talk about what would replace 8th Amendment, says maternity expert

We need to talk about what would replace 8th Amendment, says maternity expert

One of Ireland’s leading maternity experts has said that we should not be discussing a repeal of the 8th Amendment without talking about what would replace it.

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Pro-choice group to hold Day of Action in Dublin today

Pro-choice group to hold Day of Action in Dublin today

The Government is being urged today to pass a Bill calling for a referendum on repealing the 8th Amendment, rather than holding a citizens assembly.

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#twowomentravel: Irish women live tweet journey to UK for abortion

#twowomentravel: Irish women live tweet journey to UK for abortion

Latest: Cora Sherlock of the Pro-Life Campaign has stated that "it's very disturbing that the ending of a human life is being live-tweeted today".

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Supreme Court judge Mary Laffoy to lead Citizens' Assembly

Supreme Court judge Mary Laffoy to lead Citizens' Assembly

Supreme Court judge Mary Laffoy will head up the new Citizens' Assembly which will examine the Eighth Amendment and other issues, writes Elaine Loughlin.

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Dáil passes motion to establish Citizen's Assembly

Dáil passes motion to establish Citizen's Assembly

The Dáil has passed a motion to set up a Citizen's Assembly to look at a number of issues, including a referendum on repealing the 8th amendment.

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Wallace admits: Abortion bill 'not perfect' but still needed

Wallace admits: Abortion bill 'not perfect' but still needed

Mick Wallace has admitted his controversial abortion bill is not perfect, but has said it is needed to highlight the plight of women forced to travel abroad for terminations.

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Enda Kenny calls for consensus as vote on abortion Bill due tomorrow

Enda Kenny calls for consensus as vote on abortion Bill due tomorrow

Enda Kenny has said that consensus needs to be built to change the constitution around the 8th amendment.

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Latest: Collective Cabinet responsibility does not apply to abortion Bill, says Minister

Latest: Collective Cabinet responsibility does not apply to abortion Bill, says Minister

Update 7.43pm: Transport Minister Shane Ross has rejected suggestions that he and his independent colleagues have breached collective Cabinet responsibility by backing Mick Wallace's Bill on abortion.

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