GPs and specialist family planning services are concerned that routing a free contraceptive scheme via pharmacies would limit women’s contraceptive choices and risk side-lining some of the most effective methods available, such as hormonal implants or the coil. Photograph: iStock

The Minister for Health’s proposals to introduce a free contraception scheme after the abortion referendum is positive news for everyone. Internationa(...)

 Bobbie Farsides, professor of clinical and biomedical ethics, Brighton and Sussex Medical School, and Helen Watt, senior research fellow, Anscombe Bioethics Centre, Oxford, at the  Citizens’ Assembly. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

There are worse places than the Grand Hotel in Malahide to debate the most protracted and incendiary issue in Irish public life. This Georgian-era hot(...)

Prof Veronica O’Keane of Doctors for Choice and Dr John Monaghan  and Dr Orla Halpenny of Doctors for Life  at the Citizens’ Assembly session in Dublin on Sunday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Members of the Citizens’ Assembly will be balloted next month on recommendations that they will give to the Government on the future of the constituti(...)

Ms Justice Mary Laffoy: “The assembly has endeavoured to present the legal and medical material in a neutral manner.”  Photograph: Eric Luke

The chair of the Citizens’ Assembly has said it would have been a “serious omission” not to include material from two women who were described by anti(...)

The 99 members of the assembly were told there are an average of 56 million abortions every year, amounting to one pregnancy in four .

Married women are more likely to have an abortion than unmarried women, while there are more abortions carried out in countries where laws are highly (...)

Justice Mary Laffoy, chair of the Citizens’ Assembly discussing the Eighth Amendment, in Malahide, Co Dublin, last November. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The number of submissions received by the Citizens’ Assembly on abortion has been “way beyond” what it expected, an assembly spokeswoman has said. M(...)

Vice-president Mike Pence praised “the election of pro-life majorities” in the US Congress

US vice-president Mike Pence fired up tens of thousands of anti-abortion activists who gathered on Friday for the 44th March for Life, celebrating a p(...)

Republican US presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks as Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Hillary Clinton listens during their third and final 2016 presidential campaign debate at UNLV in Las Vegas, Nevada, US, October 19th, 2016. Photograph: Mark Ralston/Reuters

Donald Trump’s claims “We will have a second amendment that is a very small replica of what it is now” in a Clinton administration Trump is being (...)