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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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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