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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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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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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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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