Establishment Parties Prevent Humane Abortion Amendments

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Shockingly in recent weeks Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael, Labour and Sinn Féin voted against the following humane amendments to be included in the Abortion Bill:

  1. Pain relief for unborn babies in late term abortions. Babies in the womb respond to injury and research shows that pain and stress are experienced in late term abortions.
  2. Medical Care for babies who have survived an abortion and are seriously injured. In Britain a number of unborn babies survive abortions but are just allowed to die ...
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An Open Letter to my Pro Choice Friends

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This one is tough. Or awkward. Or perhaps a piece that is has a fragile balance that I may or may not achieve. But nevertheless, what is friendship anyway if you can’t express your thoughts, and what is a conversation if you can’t exchange ideas…?

I address this to my repeal friends. I don’t have many actually, I’m not a million friends sort of person. That also means that the friends I do have, are actually friends. As in, I give ...

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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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Cherish all the Children Equally Right2Life Campaign Launch

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Cherish All the Children Equally will hold a Right2Life Campaign Launch on Tuesday the 24th of April outside the GPO in Dublin at 1.30pm. This date is the actual 102nd anniversary of the start of the 1916 Rising.

We will have 3 speakers and we will read an alternative proclamation that highlights the governments disaster in housing, health, environment, unity and the Right 2 Life.

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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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