The Unborn Identity: why accepting limited choice is compatible with voting “No” in this referendum

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A dear friend in a US college was raped. I believe I offered to drive her to an abortion clinic if needed. Privately, I was probably even ready to pay for it. And yet, I will be voting “no” in this referendum.

Perhaps more surprising: I have not had a radical change of heart, either.

A useful test for the moral legitimacy of a law is this: would you personally be willing to enforce a law you approve of?

I could not personally ...

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The abortion debate: let’s start with the contents of the woman’s womb

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The referendum to Repeal the Eighth will be held on 25 May. This will then make it possible to pass legislation where women can have abortion on demand up to twelve weeks. The papers and airwaves are full of it, yet many of those commenting seem happy to talk about anything but the central issue and what it involves.

For example, The Irish Times has an editorial on the subject this morning, and not once does it mention the words ‘foetus’, ...

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Kathy Sheridan on Alfie Evans and repeal of the Eighth

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The case of the baby Alfie Evans is an interesting one. Essentially it involved a clash between the wishes of the parents and the wishes of the state and the medical profession. Alfie’s parents wanted to keep him on life support, the state and the doctors didn’t. It appears that the state and doctors won, despite widespread support for the parents’ stand.

I’m always a bit uneasy about these heart-break stories, if only because I suspect there are dozens of similar ...

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Disenfranchised Pro-life Republicans Speak Out

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The 8th Amendment is the most important human rights issue of our generation, but our brothers and sisters in the 6 counties are denied a say.

Incredibly, not one political party, north or south, has advocated or campaigned for the right of Irish citizens in the 6 counties to have a say in this referendum which could change all our lives fundamentally into the future. We can help change that by sharing this video made by Cherish activists in Derry as ...

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It’s not an idyll if it’s built on bones

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There is no debate anymore. That’s a problem. There is a token circulation of limited ideas, less than that, there is a token circulation of conclusions separated from any of their reasoning or development. Modern society has goals without games, destinations without the mental journeys, conviction without deduction. We know we want this and we want that, but we don’t know the layers of polemic that drew the fibres of the principle into being. The problem with this is that ...

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The one question

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Want a shortcut to deciding how to vote? Just get the basics right.

The arguments on abortion are not ones that lend themselves to moderation or compromise. Look at the posters that go up one day and are gone the next, the twitter spats that need to be deleted in the cold light of day, the rallies, the launches, the organisations, the campaigns. We’re a passionate nation I guess, whatever our views. Ireland’s 8th Amendment is being dragged inch by inch ...

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Shock horror, political opponents collaborate

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People from across Derry and Donegal attended a public meeting last night in the City Hotel, co-hosted by three Irish pro-life groups.

Both Lives Matter” come mainly from the protestant/unionist tradition and are based in Belfast, Life NI is an advocacy and support group for women in crisis pregnancies, and “Cherish All the Children Equally”, is a progressive republican organisation, founded to give pro-life people from that constituency a voice.

The upcoming referendum to delete the constitutional protection for the ...

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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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We need to fight for the right to life of every mother and child for their whole lives.

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Video Peadar Tóibín’s contribution to the abortion debate.

Fine Gael’s Ireland is not a good place to be a young mother or a child. In 2017 27 pregnant women were homeless. So far this year 10 pregnant woman have been forced into homelessness. The feminisation of poverty has accelerated under Fine Gael’s austerity governments.

3,267 children sleep in emergency accommodation, dozens of children lie daily on trolleys in overcrowded hospitals.

52,257 children are on hospital waiting lists. 8,500 children are waiting to see ...

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Sinn Féin Blunders on Repeal of the 8th

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Sinn Féin seldom make too many tactical errors. Its leadership, not necessarily the one you see on the media, usually comes up with a formula to ensure that all eyes are kept on the prize of power, and all that goes with it. Dissenters are pulled into line or isolated.

Which begs the question whether their decision to take a hard line on the issue of the Repeal of the 8th amendment may have been a significant blunder. Unlike Fianna Fáil ...

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