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The Extraordinary Synod in Rome. Will it bring extraordinary times?

We are pleased to welcome this guest post from Leonard Taylor. Leonard is a PhD candidate at the Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUI Galway. His research topic is on Catholicism and human rights. You can contact him l.taylor3[at]nuigalway.ie From October 5 – 19th an Extraordinary Synod of Catholic bishops called by Pope Francis took(…)

Legal pathways to reproductive justice and abortion rights #repealthe8th

We are delighted to welcome this guest post from Ruth Fletcher, a senior lecturer in Medical Law at Queen Mary, University of London Irish regulation of pregnant choices needs to be changed.   The current situation denies women legal power to opt out of pregnancy for their own reasons.  It also justifies poor legal, social and(…)

The Problems of Travelling to Access Basic Care #repealthe8th

by Sheelagh McGuinness & Marie Fox Following a recent Dublin conference on ‘Building a coalition to repeal the 8th Amendment’, co-organiser Sinéad Kennedy asserted that “[t]he Eighth amendment is a source of discrimination against women but it particularly affects marginalised women who have suffered disproportionately; migrant women, women with little or no income, women who(…)

The Art of Listening #repealthe8th

by Roja Fazaeli The art of listening is in short supply in all too many professions. My own experience giving birth in the National Maternity Hospital in Dublin in January 2014 illustrates this. While I had some moments of extraordinarily good care during my pregnancy, these were outweighed and overshadowed by bad care. I trace(…)

Staying on board: Contraception, abortion and healthcare in Ireland #repealthe8th

by Fiona Dunkin & Aoife Campbell, Re(al)-Productive Health On 22nd May 1971, a band of 47 women marched brazenly and triumphantly into Connolly station in Dublin, armed with various assortments of condoms, spermicides, jelly and what appeared to be contraceptive pills.* To many onlookers in Connolly station that day, this was a scandalous, or at(…)

ARC on the need to #repealthe8th

by Abortion Rights Campaign A common, almost hackneyed maxim (replicable to outline any injustice by changing the last word) goes that a society is best judged by how it treats its women. If a society treats its women as second-class citizens or, in the already immortal words of the UN Human Rights Committee Chair Sir(…)

Abortion in Ireland: Some Considerations for Non-Extremists #repealthe8th

by Clara Cecilia Fischer Last month, Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar, stated that the problem with the abortion debate in Ireland is that it is dominated by the extremes, that is, by those on the anti-choice and the pro-choice sides, or by the “Catholic versus anti-Catholic view of things.” Such assertions of extremism in Ireland(…)

Abortion and Gender Recognition. #repealthe8th

By Peter Dunne In recent years, there has been a growing tendency – both in Ireland and farther afield – to link the issues of abortion and same-gender marriage. During his presidential campaigns in 2000 and 2004, George W Bush famously positioned himself as a strongman conservative, who would push back against court-imposed reproductive rights(…)

Mamie Cadden and the Unlearned Lesson. #repealthe8th

By Lynsey Black. The name of ‘Nurse Cadden’, death-sentenced murderer, abortionist and bogey-woman, lingers long in the collective Irish memory. It is invoked by commentators at each new flashpoint in Ireland’s seemingly never-ending abortion saga. This year, as the troubling details of a young woman denied access to an abortion under the 2013 legislation emerged,(…)

Mavronicola on Trabelsi v Belgium

We are very pleased to welcome this guest post from Dr Natasa Mavronicola, a lecturer in law in Queen’s University Belfast In a judgment in early September, a Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (‘ECtHR’) found Belgium to have acted in breach of Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights (‘ECHR’)(…)

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