Abortion

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Abortion committee’s recommendations remain an issue for Leinster House before 2017 is left behind

The political year winds down this week, with the Dáil due to rise on Friday and the Cabinet clearing items from its in-tray at what is expected to be(...)

Fine Gael’s Hildegarde Naughton: “You cannot turn off the internet nor expect the gardaí to be waiting at our airports for women carrying abortion pills.” Photograph: Alan Betson

A majority of members of the Oireachtas committee on the Eighth Amendment have confirmed they will support abortions being made available without rest(...)

A Repeal the Eighth rally. The fear of pregnancy – and, by extension, forced birth – hangs over every sexual encounter. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

I have never been on trend. As a kid, before I learned how to embrace “weird” – along with black clothing and stripy tights – I yearned for the (often(...)

Protesters at a Repeal the Eighth Amendment Rally in   Dublin this year. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

It is clear, and has been for some time, that a large majority of voters favour repeal of the Eighth Amendment. The amendment, enacted in 1983 and whi(...)

Repeal  activists outside the Dáil on a recent day  the Oireachtas committee on the Eighth Amendment was sitting.

Three Fianna Fáil members of the Oireachtas committee on the Eighth Amendment have called for it to support making abortion available up to 12 weeks w(...)

Pro-choice demonstrators outside Leinster House in Dublin last month. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

A large majority of voters favours changing the Constitution to provide for greater access to abortion, the latest Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll finds. (...)

Two years ago, a woman in Northern Ireland was given a three-month suspended sentence for buying abortion pills. Photograph: iStock

Fewer women from Northern Ireland are travelling to England for an abortion because they are increasingly buying abortion pills online, the British Pr(...)

Police stand at the entrance of the Marie Stopes clinic as anti-abortion protestors hold up placards outside the Belfast clinic in October 2012. Photograph: Peter Muhly/AFP/Getty Images

During its five years of life, the Marie Stopes clinic in Belfast dealt with thousands of women. The oldest was 52; the youngest was 13 who had become(...)

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone: “time for the State to get out of the business of controlling reproduction”. Photograph: The Irish Times

Abortion should be legal, safe and freely available to anyone who needs it, Minister for Children Katherine Zappone has said. In her strongest commen(...)

Fianna Fáil TD Billy Kelleher: he says terminations should be provided in certain circumstances, such as fatal foetal abnormalities, incest, rape and when there is a risk to a woman’s health. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The Oireachtas committee examining the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution is nearing its final conclusions – but a consensus is far from clear. The(...)

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