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# Eighth Amendment

Last month
May 2023
# Abortion
Ireland voted for Repeal five years ago, where are we now with abortion services?
Campaigners told The Journal that recommendations made in a recent review of the legislation must be acted upon swiftly.
This year
# Health
Review of abortion services to go to Cabinet in coming weeks
Health Minister Stephen Donnelly said the review was ‘about improving access to services’.
Last year
# rally
Large crowd gathers for anti-abortion demonstration in Dublin
Organisers said the March for Life demonstration was to call for the review into Ireland’s abortion laws to include ‘all perspectives’.
All time
# termination of pregnancy
6,666 abortions carried out last year under laws enacted after repeal of Eighth Amendment
These are the first official figures published since Ireland’s liberalised abortion laws came into effect from 1 January 2019.
# Women's Health
Peter Boylan: 'Online abuse didn't bother me - I wasn't going to resign'
The obstetrician has written about his career in a new memoir.
# Miss P
HSE apologises to family of pregnant woman kept on life support due to Eighth Amendment concerns
Natasha Perie was declared dead on 3 December but was kept on life support for four weeks.
People 'remember' false stories after reading fake news, says new study of abortion vote
The study was carried out by UCC in the weeks leading up to the referendum.
# icons
Together for Yes activists named on Time magazine's top 100 list of most influential people
Grainne Griffin, Ailbhe Smyth and Orla O’Connor were named in the ‘Icons’ section of the list.
# Attorney General
Can Northern Irish women access abortion services here for free? The government is finding out
Women in Northern Ireland can access abortion services here, but it will cost them €450, the Dáil was told yesterday.
# health minister
Harris lobbied by pharmacists' group and pharma company on free contraception
The Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment recommended free contraception for all women.
# Josepha Madigan
Nuns withdraw offer of venue for Minister's speech after threats of protest
Many of those protesting referring to her support for the Repeal campaign.
# Abortion
Coombe hospital denies board intervened to refuse abortion for woman with a fatal foetal diagnosis
Earlier Ruth Coppinger told the Dáil that two doctors confirmed it was a fatal foetal abnormality, but the board refused the abortion.
# Eighth Amendment
Timeline: The history of abortion in Ireland
Ireland voted to repeal the Eighth Amendment in May of this year.
# Abortion
'You want the Eighth repealed because of Brexit': Letters sent to Varadkar about abortion referendum
This year the country voted by 66.4% to 33.6% to repeal the Eighth Amendment.
# highs and lows
Leo Varadkar says his 2018 low point was the government's handling of the CervicalCheck scandal
Varadkar said he regrets he was so misinformed and the government didn’t make ‘better decisions’.
# Free Safe Legal
Abortion services made legal in Ireland as Michael D Higgins signs Bill into law
Hospitals will provide the services in 2019.
# Termination
Guidelines published for GPs who will provide abortion services
Services are expected to begin from 1 January.
# Eighth Amendment
'A genuinely historic moment': Abortion legislation passes through the Seanad
The legislation will now be signed into law by President Michael D Higgins.
# Rights Today
Rise of 'tough guy' world leaders 'mirrors the rise of fascism in the 1930s'
A new report said some leaders are using “bully tactics” to “demonise and persecute” vulnerable people.
# irish abortion law
Fill me in - What does the new abortion legislation say?
Referendum fatigue since May 25th has made it hard to keep up.
# Eighth Amendment
The legislation legalising abortion in Ireland has been passed by the Dáil
This means that it is on track for new legislation regulating termination of pregnancy to be introduced in Ireland in the new year.
# RTÉ archive
'Whatever the priest said, I went by': Here's women explaining why they voted for the Eighth Amendment back in 1983
A lot has changed over the last 35 years.
# Abortion vote
Social media ad regulations should be drawn up for future referendums, Commission says
The Referendum Commission says new regulations should be drawn up by government.
# Health Committee
Harris says abortion legislation doesn't mention the word 'abortion' for legal reasons
The Health Minister also said he wants the Bill to be inclusive of members of the trans community.
# Abortion legislation
Calls to remove all maternity costs for women as abortion legislation introduced in Dáil
Simon Harris told the Dáil that in legislating for abortion services in Ireland, they are ‘making history’.
# Eighth Amendment
'The deepest respect': Emma Watson pays tribute to Savita Halappanavar
She paid tribute to her in a letter published in Porter magazine.
# Abortion Rights Campaign
Large crowds as March for Choice takes place in Dublin
This was the seventh annual March for Choice and the first since the Eighth Amendment was removed from the Constitution.
# Opinion
OPINION: "We're at the end of the beginning of this campaign" TD Clare Daly on March for Choice 2018
Clare Daly of Independents 4 Change tells us why the March for Choice is just as important after the repealing of the Eighth Amendment.
# terminations
TDs considering change of plan for proposed three-day wait period for abortions
Dr Peter Boylan told an Oireachtas Committee that there is ‘no evidence’ for the wait time.
# it's gone
Eighth Amendment repealed as President signs referendum bill into law
It will now allow the government to legislate for abortion, which is expected to be enacted by 2019 at the latest.
# fianna fail think-in
One year on: Advice given to FF on their abortion referendum position was ignored - but will they learn from it?
The professor who warned the party that its stance in the referendum could put it on the wrong side of history addressed think-in this week.
# Funding
Sipo's order that Amnesty should return €137,000 grant is quashed after High Court appeal
The donation was for Amnesty’s ‘My Body, My Rights’ campaign which sought a referendum on the Eighth Amendment.
# foreign ads
Watchdog fears foreign ads could influence Irish referendums and elections
The Standards in Public Office said it is concerned about political interference from organisations outside of Ireland.
# The North Is Next
170 Irish and UK politicians sign letter calling for change to the North's abortion laws
Northern Ireland has been without a government for over a year and a half – so Westminster and Dublin are being asked to introduce new abortion laws.
# yes vote
'It is not a tool for a disappointed voter': Court dismisses bid to challenge abortion referendum
That is not the end of the matter, however, as the issue has been taken to the Court of Appeal.
# terminations
15 legal abortions were carried out in Ireland last year
This is a drop from 25 legally-permitted abortions being carried out last year.
# Eighth Amendment
Statements by Varadkar and Harris 'misled' abortion referendum voters, High Court told
The High Court also heard that the Referendum Commission “omitted objective statements” on Eighth Amendment referendum.
# Abortion stance
Tóibín concedes he may not be able to run under Sinn Féin banner at next election
He also confirmed that he won’t be resigning from the party.
# not returning
Carol Nolan TD leaves Sinn Féin after being suspended for voting against abortion referendum
Sinn Féin Whip Aengus Ó Snodaigh told Nolan that she had been suspended for a period of three months on 21 March.
# Ard Fheis
Mary Lou McDonald looks towards government as Sinn Féin votes to change stance on abortion
Party policy is now in favour of abortion on request.