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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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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Doing the Ethical Splits

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Two roads diverged in a yellow wood
And sorry I could not travel both

 

They are the first lines to Frost’s well known poem. It’s not a particularly opaque poem, but it’s carved and simple and true. And you, dear reader, are standing right now where the roads diverge, and you cannot travel both. And like the poem, you will never stand here again.

In 1969 America was eying up abortion. Now the annual abortion figures in America hover upwards ...

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Truth isn’t always easy

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Truth is an awkward old thing. You can’t argue with it. You can’t escape it. You can’t change it. It just is. Not liking it or not agreeing with it doesn’t change it either and how you feel about it is irrelevant. People don’t like that, they think truth should temper itself according to sentiment, as if it relies on them in some way to exist. The problem is, today’s world is heavy on emotions and light on facts, heavy ...

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Life should not be just for the rich, the fortunate, the planned and the perfect — Tóibín’s Dáil speech

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The Dáil and Seanad debates on the Eighth Amendment commenced on the 17th January and continued for much of the following week. For the most part, pro-life voices were absent as leaders and prospective leaders of all the main Parties jostled with each other to present themselves as the face of modern Ireland ahead of the inevitable Dáil elections. A cynic might say, Repealing the 8th Amendment, is the new the Marriage Equality, and if you want to be on ...

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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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Cherish all the Children Equally

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“The Republic guarantees religious and civil liberty, equal rights and equal opportunities to all its citizens and declares its resolve to pursue the happiness and prosperity of the whole nation and all its parts, cherishing all the children of the nation equally.”

This excerpt from the Proclamation of the Republic of Ireland, announced in Dublin in 1916, echoes the 1st Article of Constitution of the United Irishmen, launched in Belfast in 1791, which contains the beautiful opening sentence:

“This Society is constituted ...

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Sshhhhh… Don’t mention an actual Abortion…..

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For the last few years a small internationally funded campaign with easy access to the media establishment have called over and over again for a debate about abortion. The usually don’t use the word abortion. The use words like terminations, choice, repeal, etc. However they have demanded repeatedly that we debate the issue.

However, if someone in this whole debate actually mentions what an abortion is, the sky falls down. Jude Collins is a long-time well respected commentator in the north. ...

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