The Eighth Amendment is another great barrier on a road to an enlightened Ireland, Lenny Abrahamson told rally in support of the Repeal campaign in Dublin. Photograph: Laura Hutton

Oscar-nominated film maker Lenny Abrahamson has described the Eighth Amendment as a “national disgrace”, allowing for policy by an “impulse to control(...)

The abortion pills, mifepristone and misoprostol, were sent to 1,636 women on the island of Ireland  between January 2010 and December 31st, 2012.

Abortion pills bought online can be a safe “alternative” to travelling for abortion or unsafe abortion, research published in the British Medical Jour(...)

Almost all women in the study shared one common negative experience: the shroud of secrecy behind which they were compelled to keep their abortions. File photograph: Getty Images

Abortion may be illegal in Ireland, but it is far from rare. Each year thousands of Irish women travel from Ireland to England and Wales to access abo(...)

Pope Francis speaks to journalists aboard a flight from Mexico to Italy. Photograph: Alessandro Di Meo/AFP/Getty Images

Pope Francis has indicated that women exposed to the Zika virus may be permitted to use contraception to avoid pregnancy, in a departure from Catholic(...)

Health agents prepare guppy fish to consume larva of Zika-transmitting mosquito in  Rio de Janeiro: the Catholic church in Brazil – one of the worst affected countries – is strongly opposed to allowing abortions for pregnant women exposed to the  virus. Photograph: Sergio Moraes/Reuters

Pregnant women exposed to the Zika virus and who may be carrying foetuses with catastrophic brain defects should not be permitted to have abortions, t(...)