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Tuesday 31 January 2023 Dublin: 8°C

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# Pregnancy
'Two-tier system' means couples still forced to travel for termination after severe foetal diagnoses
The legislation is due to be reviewed this year.
Voices
'The 'No' side feel let down by people and country. Nobody understands this feeling more than us'
‘Would it be too much for No side and the Yes side to come together and use their powers and money to bring positive change that will help and support the people of Ireland?’ asks Denise Coakley.
# Termination for Medical Reasons
'It was the first time I could breathe since I lost my daughter'
Members of the Termination For Medical Reasons (TFMR) have spoken to reporters this afternoon.
Voices
My son Joshua was born and died 16 years ago today and we still punish tragedies like his
Gerry Edwards, chairperson of TFMR Ireland, on the pain and courage inherent in using a personal bereavement in a very public battle.
# compensation
Government offers €30,000 to woman forced to travel abroad for abortion
Amanda Mellet was told the child she was carrying would die in the womb or shortly after birth.
Voices
We all have dreams as young girls. Having a termination is not one of them.
I never knew all the things that could go wrong with a pregnancy… until they happened. Life can throw your dreams upside down.
# emotional debate
Sinn Féin votes for abortion to be allowed in cases of fatal foetal abnormalities
Delegates spoke passionately both in favour of and against the motion.
# Abortion
'If my daughter was raped I'd never force her to carry a child'
“I’m very conscious that I was an unwanted pregnancy.”
Voices
My child was diagnosed as 'incompatible with life' but I'm glad Clare Daly's bill was voted down
A change in the law could help to establish a culture where a ‘choice’ soon becomes an expectation.
# Women's Health
Where else are abortion laws as strict as in Ireland?
We’re relatively unique in terms of developed countries.
Voices
Column: Why does this Government refuse to hold a referendum on abortion?
81% of respondents to a recent poll indicated they wanted abortion allowed in cases of fatal foetal abnormality. Yet 88% of TDs abstained or voted no on the issue.
# All over
'A shameful abandonment': Just one Labour TD defies party as Clare Daly's abortion bill voted down
The Dáil has voted to reject a bill providing for abortion in cases of fatal foetal abnormalities.
Voices
Diary of losing a baby: One woman writes about her devastating pregnancy
“Our journey – so cruel – has not ended for us.”
# 8th amendment
"We can assure you, not a person on this earth wanted our babies to live more than we did."
A bill proposed by Clare Daly will go before the Dáil on Tuesday.
# Personal experience
Boyd-Barrett: 'I had to bury my daughter Ella. She was born with fatal foetal abnormalities'
The People Before Profit TD has recounted his own personal tragedy during a Dáil debate on abortion.
# 8th amendment
Leo: We've no mandate for abortion referendum, Mick Wallace: That's horseshit
However, the Health Minister said he would be advocating for Fine Gael to campaign for an abortion referendum in the next election.
# tfmr
"Please don't force a woman to grow a baby that is going to die"
The government will vote against a bill from TD Clare Daly on termination for medical reasons.
# Heartbreaking
'No matter what anyone says to you, you're a mammy and a daddy now'
TDs are once again being asked to legislate for terminations for medical reasons.
Voices
Opinion: 'At the heart of Irish law is an inescapable fact... we are second class citizens'
Enshrined into law and sanctioned in social service provision is this attitude: women in Ireland are vessels to be filled and emptied at men’s discretion.
Voices
Opinion: A fatal foetal diagnosis is nobody’s fault – the deliberate lack of support by the State is.
Do people campaign against families faced with the heartbreaking decision to turn off the life support machine of a loved one? Cases of fatal foetal abnormality are precisely the same.
# under the spotlight
Ireland at the UN: We have 'no solution' for women who can't afford to travel for an abortion
Ireland faced a second day of questioning at UN Human Rights Committee in Geneva.
Voices
Column: Ireland shows no love to babies dying in their mothers' wombs
I cried all day at the thought that I would have to go to a clinic in London and endure people throwing holy water and condoms at me because my nation would not help me when I needed it most.
# tfmr
Irish laws ‘forcing us to go to Manchester for a termination this weekend’
Niamh, a young woman of 23, was told at the 11-week mark of her pregnancy that her baby would not survive past birth. She will travel for a termination this weekend.
# Abortion
Ireland's abortion laws to be challenged at the UN for a second time
Siobhán Whelan says that she will “never forget” how she had to travel to the UK to have an abortion after she was told her baby would die at birth.
# Your Say
Poll: Should Ireland allow terminations in cases of fatal foetal abnormalities?
Ireland will have to defend its current practice in front of the United Nations Human Rights Committee.
# Necessary Tactics
Embarrassing the government into 'doing the right thing'
The Centre for Reproductive Rights and Termination for Medical Reasons Ireland (TFMR) hope the government will be encouraged to be proactive on the petition they have filed with the United Nations.
# tfmr
Emotional plea for change: ‘Wrap your arms around us…don’t kick us out’
Watch some of the women from Terminations for Medical Reasons share their stories about travelling abroad for treatment.
# Human Rights
Women who travelled to UK for terminations to bring case to United Nations
Terminations for Medical Reasons (TFMR) and the Centre for Reproductive Rights believe there have been human rights violations.
# tfmr
TDs vote against extending abortion bill to include fatal foetal abnormalities
The amendment tabled by WUAG TD Seamus Healy was defeated at committee stage tonight.
# tfmr
‘We don’t want government empathy and compassion – give us action’
If the amendment to allow for terminations for medical reasons fails, a cross-party group have said they will bring a new Bill dealing with the issue after summer recess.
# Termination
Amendment to abortion bill on fatal foetal abnormalities handed to Govt
The Termination for Medical Reasons group submitted the amendment to Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett earlier this week.
# tfmr
TDs to support abortion amendment to provide for medical terminations
During a meeting at Leinster House this afternoon, two TDs revealed they had children who were “incompatible with life”.
# Abortion
Women who had medical terminations to share experiences with TDs
TFMR will gather at Leinster House this afternoon.
# Oireachtas Hearings
Letter: TFMR 'disappointed' at exclusion from abortion hearings
Read the full text of a letter to a TD from a mother whose daughter had to travel to Liverpool for a termination.
# Abortion
Medical Terminations: ‘Ours is a very specific, heartbreaking and clear-cut case’
Sarah Moylan shares her story of the devastating loss of a much-wanted baby girl.
# Abortion
Group says lack of invite to Oireachtas abortion hearings "a grave injustice"
TFMR Ireland said that it is upset that, despite numerous requests, it has has not been invited to take part in this week’s Oireachtas committee hearings on abortion legislation in Ireland.