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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)

Sam Boal/Rollingnews

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Cormac Flynn writes:

Some people may have missed this, with all the activity over the last few days, but the Lawyers for Yes group have released two excellent animated videos that explain clearly & simply the difference between Civil Partnership and Civil Marriage, and why surrogacy is not an issue in the Marriage Equality Referendum.

MORE: Lawyers For Yes: The Case For Marriage Equality

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A video  highlighting the difficulties faced by members of the transgender community across Europe seeking gender recognition made for Transgender EU .

Bob Gallagher writes:

Proud to say the video was shot in Dublin with a talented mixture of Irish and international cast in front of the camera, and a very dedicated and brilliant crew behind it.

The video was made through an Irish production company called Invisible Thread, commissioned by TGEU in Berlin.

FIND OUT MORE: 34 Countries in Europe make this nightmare a reality (Transgender EU)

(Additional H/T: Jim Redmond)

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According to the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU)’s 2014 Freedom of Thought Report, 55 countries worldwide – including EU member states – have criminal laws restricting blasphemy. In 39 countries, it is an imprisonable offence, and in six, it carries the death penalty.

Interactive map here.

New campaign to end blasphemy laws worldwide launches ((Samira Shackle, Richard Dawkins Foundation)

((H/T: John Gallen)


The genetic parents of twins born to a surrogate have won their High Court case to have the biological mother recognised as the legal mother.

The genetic mother of the twins, who were born to her sister using her embryos, challenged the refusal of the Chief Registrar to record her name on the birth certificates.

At a hearing in January, the court was told there was no provision to record anyone other than the woman who gave birth to a child as the mother.

This morning, the High Court gave a number of groundbreaking declarations, including that the genetic mother is entitled to have her name on the birth certificates.


Genetic Parents Win Landmark Surrogacy Case (RTE)

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Minister for Health James Reilly has said a memorandum on planned abortion legislation will be brought to Cabinet next week and he hoped the new law could be produced before summer.

When asked when a new legal framework would be ready, he said: “I want it done as quickly as possible. I was hoping obviously that we could have something very substantial before Easter and that remains my hope.”

Asked if the planned law would be ready before the summer, he said: “I think in an ideal world that’s what I’d like to see but I mean I can’t foresee all the difficulties and potholes along the road.

Who can, Bottler? Who can?

Reilly hopes abortion law will be ready by summer (Mary Minihan, Marie O’Halloran, Irish Times)

(Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland)



Being annoying, offensive or maybe even provocative online could become illegal in Arizona if legislators move forward with a bill.

Arizona House Bill 2549 would amend the telephone harassment section of the state’s anti-stalking law to include the communication technology of the day in an effort to combat cyberbullying.

The portion in question reads: “It is unlawful for any person, with intent to terrify, intimidate, threaten, harass, annoy or offend, to use any electronic or digital device and use any obscene, lewd or profane language or suggest any lewd or lascivious act, or threaten to inflict physical harm to the person or property of any person.”

“Electronic or digital device” would supplant “telephone.” But the substitution may alter the focus of the law, some contend.

It’s hard to know what way to take this. Probably best not to react at all.

Trolling, a criminal offense in Arizona? (LA Times, Tech Now)


(Hat tip: Miranda Wrights)