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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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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Nasty medicine, straight up, no sugar

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I was going to write tonight on the hard cases, you know the ones, the rape, the incest, the fetal disability, the mother’s health. All the things we expected to form the arena for the debate. But it seems to me the debate has become a different thing.

The 8th Amendment has a clear aim of protecting both the life of mother and baby. You can read Article 40.3.3. It’s hardly obscure. You’d really have to stretch things a bit ...

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Polls and the Citizens Assembly

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Irish Public Awakening to their Pro-Life Instincts

The colossal implications of the possible repeal of the Eighth Amendment, Ireland’s constitutional life-saving provision, appear to be dawning on the public-at-large as the referendum comes sharper into view.

Despite years of unabated media bias, the Repeal Lobby’s co-option of one-time credible human rights organisations, like Amnesty International, and continuous international political and financial pressure on the Irish people to rescind our pro-mother, pro-baby stance, Irish society may just have reached a point where the ...

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Find your Voice, Save the 8th

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The date for the 8th Referendum has been provisionally set for 25th May. This referendum will determine for the next 50 years whether hundreds of thousands of our people live or die. Now is the time to get active, now is the time to find our voice.

With your support we have produced a promotional video to help kick-start our campaign to Save the 8th. We would like if you could share this video as far and wide as possible and on ...

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Five questions about abortion

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Today the south’s Supreme Court will meet, to listen to an appeal by the State against a High Court ruling last year that said the unborn child/foetus has rights beyond the protected right to life as stated in the Constitution. If the Supreme Court doesn’t overrule the High Court decision, this will probably complicate and delay the proposed referendum to repeal the Eighth Amendment.

Fascinating, eh? Well no, actually. For most people, the question of the repeal of the Eighth Amendment ...

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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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