We shall overcome (Derry, 6th October 2018)

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Today, in Derry’s Guildhall Square, people from across the north, from diverse religious and political backgrounds and none, stood together, proudly celebrating the legacy of the Civil Rights movement, and asserting that without the right to life, all other rights are meaningless.
The Civil Rights Association, which organised the first march fifty years ago was drawn from all sections of society, and demanded social justice and a better future for all our people. The struggle in the north in 1968, ...

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Is the right to life a woman’s issue only?

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“Cherish all the Children Equally” is a progressive, secular, republican pro-life group. We defend the ideals proclaimed by the men and women of 1916, and affirm that they are as relevant today as ever.

The notion that the removal of the constitutional protection for the right to life of unborn children is purely a “woman’s issue” makes no sense.

Abortion, by definition kills the unborn child, and robust studies now show that it can cause real and lasting harm to women also. ...

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The left and the Eighth

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My religious views are my own private affair. Indeed they are so private that I don’t know them myself most days! But I’m a born-again secularist in terms of how a state should function. We cannot condemn theocracies or fundamentalist rule in other lands, while expecting preferential treatment for a particular religious or moral opinion at home. While one’s faith and upbringing can colour our attitude to abortion, that is the intentional destruction of the human foetus, the two are ...

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Laws should not just protect the planned, the privileged and the perfect, but all of us

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The most fulfilling, if the most challenging year of my medical career was spent working in the neonatal intensive care unit of the Hospital for Sick Children in Belfast. Babies do not differentiate between day and night, either at their time of arrival, or when they get ill. Sleep was a rare luxury in those days.

I saw at first hand these wee scraps of humanity as they fought for their lives, and fight they did. Even those of 23 or ...

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Republicanism, Sovereignty and the Right to Life

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Having given Ireland, her first and last colony invasion, plunder, pillage, famine, cultural subjugation and partition, our colonial masters in their boundless generosity now will pay to facilitate the killing of our children. In total violation of whatever pathetic bit of sovereignty is afforded to subjects of the crown here in the six counties, who haven’t the protection of a referendum, the English parliament has legislated to pay for women from this statlet to have abortions on “the mainland”. ...

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Both Lives Matter

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My name is Anne mc Closkey, and I’m here today, along with Anne Brolly, representing a new all Ireland group called “Cherish all the Children Equally”, a phrase which many will recognise as being one of the most quotable from the proclamation of the Irish Republic, posted on the GPO in Dublin over 100 years ago. We are an all Ireland secular, non party-political human-rights organisation whose aim is to defend the right to life of the unborn child throughout ...

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Forget the Property Bubble, it’s now the Political Bubble – The Abortion Committee

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The report on the 8th Committee was launched before Christmas in Leinster House. The FG government formed the committee to outsource the decision on abortion. The matter was decided upon by the political establishment and the grossly imbalanced Committee was used to reverse engineer the result.

Membership

With the 8th Committee the first ingredient was to select skewed membership. Media prominent but support light Trotskyites such as Ruth Coppinger, Bríd Smith and Clare Daly were buttressed ...

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Rape Survivors Silenced by Pro-Choicers

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Women who have been raped and subsequently had their babies have been silenced by the Pro Choicers. The Gibson Hotel in Dublin has cancelled the public event at which the women were to speak due to an onslaught of abuse by Pro Choicers on social media, by phone and by email.
Two of the women are rape survivors, while one of the speakers was conceived in rape.
This is the second event in a week that has been cancelled by ...

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