A mural of the late Savita Halappanavar by artist Aches on Richmond Street South, Dublin, at the time of the Eighth Amendment
Today’s Supreme Court decision refusing to hear a further appeal on challenging the outcome of the referendum on the Eighth Amendment means the legislation can now be signed into law, according to the Taoiseach.
Legislation to allow for abortion in certain circumstances is on track to be passed by the Oireachtas before Christmas, Leo Varadkar told the media on the final day of his party’s think-in in Galway.
He said the Government intends to have services in place “for Irish women who need them” in January.
Supreme Court refuses further Eighth Amendment appeal (RTE)
Sinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald (right) and Leader of Sinn Féin in the Northern Ireland assembly Michelle O Neill at Dublin Castle during the Eighth Amendment referendum count last month.
Human rights campaigners have lost a UK Supreme Court appeal over the legality of Northern Ireland’s strict abortion law.
But a majority of the seven-strong panel of justices in London expressed the “clear opinion” that the current legislation is “incompatible” with European human rights laws in the cases of fatal foetal abnormality, rape and incest.
Seven Supreme Court justices in London announced their decision this morning…
Human rights campaigners lose UK Supreme Court appeal over legality of NI’s abortion law (RTÉ)
Coverage of abortion referendum in Brietbart
Paul Hosford tweetz:
Notorious hard leftist Leo Varadkar has made Breitbart. Or as the piece continually calls him: Leo Vradaka…
Earlier: “I Changed My Language And Attitude To Abortion in 1983”
On RTÉ One’s Claire Byrne Live.
Nell McCafferty gave her thoughts on the the abortion debate in Ireland.
Last night: The End Of May
Film Base, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
The launch of Everyday Stories, an exhibition launching TONIGHT highlighting the stories of women who have had abortions and the ways in which the Eighth Amendment impacts on real lives.
The exhibition, started by Caoimhe Anglin (above), features the stories of eight women and their families.
All eight, including Caoimhe, have been impacted by the Eighth Amendment, with six of them having travelled abroad to access abortion services.
Everyday Stories at Filmbase (Facebook)
Outside Leinster House and outside Buswells Hotel on Molesworth Street, Dublin 2.
Members of the pro-life White Flag Movement group, including Tim Jackson from Co Donegal (first and second pic), who has been on hunger strike for ten days.
Mr Jackson is calling for the all-party Oireachtas committee on abortion to watch a “pictorial representation video of an abortion”, as part of their discussions.
And members of the Abortion Rights Campaign, dressed in Victorian clothing outside Buswells Hotel, after the group held a press conference (third and fourth pic).
The ARC’s annual March for Choice takes place on Saturday.
Yesterday: Nine Months
Leinster House, Dublin 2
Pro Life activists Caoimhe White and Sean Blackwell mark the occasion of the 34th anniversary of the passage of the Eighth Amendment which introduced a constitutional ban on abortion in ireland.
The amendment recognised the equal right to life of the mother and the unborn child and a referendum on the amendment passed by 67% voting in favour to 33% voting against.