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# Abortion Services

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# Northern Ireland
Full abortion services to be commissioned in Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland’s abortion laws were liberalised in 2019, but the Department of Health never centrally commissioned the rollout of full services due to a political impasse at Stormont.
# safe access zones
Gardaí outline concerns about abortion safe access zone law
Gardaí have said it has a number of concerns from a policing perspective about the legislation around exclusion zones.
# Abortion Services
UK Government intervenes to commission abortion services in Northern Ireland
The move comes amid an ongoing impasse between Stormont politicians on the issue.
All time
Anti-abortion protests at hospitals: How have other countries handled them and what's the way forward here?
The problem with drawing up legislation on exclusion zones is that there are competing rights involved, writes lecturer in constitutional law Dr Laura Cahillane.
# Freedom of Information
Conscientious objection prevents full rollout of abortion services in several maternity hospitals
The Health Department said it will be asking the HSE to fully implement abortion services in all maternity hospitals and units by September.
# St Luke's Hospital
Harris says all maternity hospitals 'should be in a position' to offer abortion services after Kilkenny medics letter
Doctors at St Luke’s wrote in a letter that they’d decided the hospital “is not an appropriate location for medical or surgical terminations”.
# Abortion Services
Taoiseach says they've run into 'real difficulties' around legislating for exclusion zones at GP surgeries
Varadkar says government needs to ensure they are on solid ground if one is going to restrict the right to protest.
# deaf community
My Options web chat to be rolled out after concerns over phone line from disability campaigners
The new service should be in place by April.
# Abortion Services
Explainer: What could Ireland's abortion exclusion zones look like?
The government aims to have draft legislation in place by the summer.
# Open letter
'Fear and disappointment': Pro-choice groups pen letter of frustration to Health Minister over rural abortion services
Rural service provision for abortions is currently sparse, the groups say, with no GPs signed up to the service in some counties.
# Abortion Services
Counsellor registration board to be announced, bringing 'rogue' unplanned pregnancy agency regulations one step closer
It could be a number of years before these ‘counsellors’ are outlawed.
# my options
'What if someone is 11 weeks now?': Concerns that HSE's abortion helpline fails to provide for deaf people
The HSE says it is working to make the phone line accessible “as soon as possible”.
# No Protest
Pro-Life Campaign has 'no plans' to protest outside hospitals or GP services over abortion services
The campaign said it will instead focus on details of the bill and assist women in vulnerable situations by offering alternatives to abortion.
# Abortion Services
Abortion services will be available in Ireland from today
Women who have been given a diagnosis of fatal foetal abnormalities will be able to legally avail of early termination of pregnancy.
# Crisis Pregnancy
National Maternity Hospital to begin abortion services on 7 January
There were some concerns in recent weeks that hospitals would not be ready in time.
# Abortion Services
Taoiseach says abortion services may not be available in every hospital in January
Varadkar said he is confident services will be available, but perhaps not in every hospital or clinic.
More than 40 GPs walk out of abortion services meeting
The Irish College of General Practitioners was holding an EGM in Malahide this afternoon.
# no delay
Simon Harris says timeline for abortion services to be available in January remains unchanged
The health minister has asked politicians to co-operate, and allow for the speedy passage of the legislation.
# national association of general practicioners
GPs hit out at 'inappropriate' reports that doctors will receive up to €450 for abortion services
Reports today suggested that an agreement had been reached over how much doctors would receive for performing terminations.
# Abortion
Budget dedicates €12m to abortion service roll out
The €12 million figure set out in today’s Budget document is only for the actual service.
# Abortion Services
Simon Harris: Stance of GP group 'flies in the face of care and compassion'
The NAGP has insisted onward referral of a patient should not be compulsory.
# London
NI mum and daughter lose challenge against ban on free abortions in England
The teen cannot be named to protect her identity.