August 20, 2015 — In today's clips, NBC 11 reports on a temporarily blocked antiabortion-rights law in Tennessee. Elsewhere, Colm O'Gorman, executive director of Amnesty International Ireland, talks to HuffPost Live about how his organization is working to make Ireland's abortion laws compliant with a human-rights framework.
NBC 11's Josh Smith reports on a federal judge's decision to issue a preliminary injunction barring district attorneys in two Tennessee counties from enforcing an antiabortion-rights law (Pub. Ch. 419) that mandates abortion clinics to be licensed as ambulatory surgical centers.
According to Smith, "the attorneys for the clinics say the state just did not give them enough time to meet the new standards," meaning the clinics could face closure if the law was enforced. The judge issued the injunction after the counties' DAs refused to state in writing that they would not hold clinics to the new standard, Smith reports (Smith, NBC 11, 8/14).
Colm O'Gorman, executive director of Amnesty International Ireland, speaks with HuffPost Live's Josh Zepps about a campaign to overturn Ireland's 8th amendment, which permits abortion only when the woman's life is in danger. He says, "[T]here's no access to abortion in cases of risk to health, no abortions in cases of pregnancies resulting from rape or incest, or no abortions in cases of severe or fatal fetal [anomalies]."
According to O'Gorman, these restrictions "mea[n] that Ireland does not have human rights-compliant abortion laws ... and as a result we've seen, since 1971, some 177,000 women and girls, at least, leaving Ireland, forced into temporary exile, to travel abroad to access what should be, by rights, available to them ... in Ireland." He states, "[W]e're exporting our human rights obligations, and we're subjecting women and girls here in Ireland to appalling trauma as a result."
At least 81% of Irish residents want a human-rights compliant abortion framework, O'Gorman says, noting that his organization is pushing for lawmakers to initiate a measure to put the law up for referendum to "let the Irish people finally have their say on this issue" (Zepps, HuffPost Live, 8/7).
"Funny or Die" offers a satirical response to a series of misleading videos targeting Planned Parenthood, highlighting how the organization empowers patients to make informed health care decisions and provides a wide range of services, such as breast and cervical cancer screenings, prenatal care, contraception and physicals.
As dramatic music plays in the background, one woman says, "Planned Parenthood overwhelmed me with the ability to make my own choices ... Without having to ask my Congressman" ("Funny or Die," 8/6).