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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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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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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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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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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