Irish Cabinet Rules to Update Abortion Laws

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Kathryn DeHoyos currently resides on the outskirts of Austin, TX. She is the News Editor for the Good Feed Blog and absolutely loves what she does. She is the happy mommy to a wild 2 year old girl-child, and is blissfully happy being un-married to her life partner DJ.


  1. Hi Kathryn – this isn’t over yet. There’s already been a backlash against the proposal from Ireland’s most senior Catholic archbishops and everyone is expecting quite a vicious (and well-funded) campaign against the proposals by anti-choice campaigners. It’s a move in the right direction. The law here as it stands is a mess, to put it mildly. Watch closely over the coming months.

    • Kathryn DeHoyos says:

      Elaine, thank you so much for the comment! I figured there would be some pretty angry responses but I guess I didn’t expect it quite so quickly…I should have known better though, they have probably been preparing for this for a while now. I will be watching for sure!

  2. WHAT? Ireland’s lack of abortion legislation ?

    Has no-one in the USA never heard of case law? … er Precedent? … as in the things followed by courts including United States Supreme Court?

    “precedent” as a “rule of law established for the first time by a court for a particular type of case and thereafter referred to in deciding similar cases.” – (PayWall)

    Anyone would think the Irish are incompetent savages…. and as I have Irish Descent I’m Peed Off! I wish some would leave their knee jerks to the world abortion at home when they go to work and use a keyboard. It’s amazing how much reality just gets edited out and false ideas edited in!

    • The right to an abortion when the mother’s life is in danger is guaranteed by the Irish constitution, but there’s no legislation outlining the circumstances that constitute danger. Importantly, that meagre provision only exists because it was a concession made by the right-wingers who drafted the amendment seeking a total ban on abortions. The lack of clarity can only be explained by the cynicism and cowardice of the Irish political class. Without clarifying laws, the right-wingers that make up the Irish supreme court are free to legislate from the bench.

      We all love Ireland, sure, but the Catholic church’s history of authoritarian repression there has been nothing short of despicable.

  3. wellokaythen says:

    I wonder if the laws are different in Northern Ireland? There must be data on the number of Irish women who simply go to the UK to have an abortion. To some degree, Ireland is just outsourcing pregnancy terminations.

  4. @wellokaythen
    Hi – yes indeed we do ‘outsource’ terminations, mostly to the UK. Figures are compiled by the UK authorities of women having abortions there but giving addresses in Ireland. At least 143,000 women from Ireland have had terminations in the UK since our constitution was changed in 1983 to recognise the rights of the ‘unborn’.

    The law in Northern Ireland is different to that in the Republic. These recent articles from The Irish Times may be useful.

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