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Last night.

Kildare Street, Dublin 2

Pro choice protestors calling for free, safe, legal abortion in Ireland, while inside Leinster House…

Simon Harris said he was “delighted” to have changed his mind on abortion over the past seven years in response to accusations that he was untrustworthy on the issue.

The health minister had promised to oppose any change to Ireland’s abortion law in 2011 before his U-turn.

He was speaking as a landmark bill to legalise access to abortion last night failed to clear its last stages in the Dáil. It means that the report stage of the bill will finish in the lower house next week, at the earliest. The government is under pressure to meet a promise it made after May’s referendum to have legal abortion services in place in Ireland by January .

The bill still needs to complete its report and final stage in the Dáil and also make its way through the Seanad before the parliament breaks for Christmas.

Simon Harris defends U-turn on abortion (The Times Ireland Edition)

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From top: Minister for Health Simon Harris flanked by Master of Holles Street Rhona Mahoney (left) and Master of the Rotunda Fergal Malone during the Eight Amendment referendum campaign last May; Terry McMahon

Have to ask this question. Not trying to offend anyone, though precedent suggests this will likely inspire that strange rage that seems to be our national language these days. Or that other reaction. Silence. Followed by censorship. But, in good conscience, it has to be asked.

Abortion, for a woman, or a couple, is a profoundly private decision. In advance of the ‘Repeal’ referendum, many people were asked to put their personal morality aside and use democracy to give those women or couples the right to make that profound decision in their own country, rather than be shamed into travelling overseas to terminate.

Repeal proved to be a divisive campaign. As both sides carved out their positions decades of inarticulate rage also spewed out. New names were given to old words and language lost all meaning. Anything that didn’t fit into the new narrative was cut out like a gangrene memory.

Yet, when it came to the ballot box, people believed their final decision was done for noble reasons. Both sides believed they were doing the right thing.

And the democratic outcome decided that the right to life of the unborn was no longer constitutionally equal to the right to life of the mother.

At least it was now clear. Easy to comprehend. Regardless of which way you voted. Regardless of the moral complexities.

But now we have politicians defining the consequence of that outcome. We are trusting them with the most profound issue of our time, even if many of them have a verifiable history of implementing policies that have destroyed people’s lives.

We are allowing them to define the reality of abortion, even if many of these men and women have already proven themselves to be psychopaths.

These trusted politicians are now questioning if our nation’s remarkable hospital staff, many of whom are legitimate conscientious objectors, should be forced to participate in abortions. Or face being struck off.

These trusted politicians are now questioning if race, gender, and physical or mental disability are valid reasons for late-term abortion. Including the termination of someone with Downs Syndrome.

These trusted politicians are now questioning if we should refuse to administer pain relief to the soon-to-be-terminated foetus on the grounds that it is just another attempt to shame the mother. Yes, you read that correctly.

Have we really gone from legitimately attempting to address the stigma of shaming a woman seeking an abortion by repealing the 8th, to insisting that a late-term foetus, who feels everything with every nerve ending in its body, should be granted no pain relief in case we cause that mother some shame?

No matter which side you were on, is there anyone out there – literally anyone – who supports the assertion that granting pain relief to an unborn child in advance of its painful death is somehow wrong?

Amid all the noise of Repeal, is this really what we voted ‘Yes’ for? If it’s not, then why in hell are we all so suddenly silent?

Terry McMahon is a filmmaker and can be found on Twitter @terrymcmahon69

Previously: Terry McMahon on Broadsheet

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Nine TDs want to amend the bill to make it a criminal offence for a woman not to have a burial or a cremation after an abortion, including in cases where they had taken abortion pills prescribed by a GP at home.

The TDs who backed the proposal are: Mattie McGrath, Michael Lowry, Michael Healy-Rae, Danny Healy-Rae, Michael Collins, Michael Fitzmaurice, Peter Fitzpatrick, Noel Grealish and Carol Nolan.

TDs want women to have aborted foetuses buried (TEllen Coyne, The Times Ireland Edition)

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This afternoon.

Dáil Éireann.

Scenes from the debate on whether the Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy Bill will go to the committee stage.

Orla writes;

I spot two women…

Fight!

A mural of the late Savita Halappanavar by artist Aches on Richmond Street South, Dublin, at the time of the Eighth Amendment

RTE reports:

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)

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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)

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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”

Last night.

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

Luke Brennan asks:

Is it not unusual that the IT would have an “abortion tracker”? I know it’s tracking the referendum, just sounds a bit insensitive to me.

Anyone?

Shane Casey writes:

We recently carried out a vox pop on the streets of Dublin city to ask the general public about the fears that some people have on the legalisation of abortion. I think you’ll find the responses interesting.

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