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Labour wants UK-style abortion law

The Labour Party had said it wants to see Ireland introduce a UK-style abortion law as a replacement to the current constitutional ban on abortion in almost all circumstances. In Britain, almost 200,000 abortions take place annually accounting for about one pregnancy in every five. Speaking on the campaign trail, the party’s Alex White said Labour’s “overriding insistence would...

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Irish Archbishops issue pre-election pastoral statement

Ireland’s Archbishops have issued a joint pastoral statement on issues of concern ahead of this month’s general election. Voicing a “shared anxiety” with many in Ireland “at the fact that there is an uncertain social climate in the country regarding vital sectors of people’s lives, especially regarding health, homes, education, security, the fostering of a...

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Biologist sounds future health warning over IVF

An evolutionary biologist has warned that In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) may have serious health implications in the future for the five million people born so far via IVF. In a presentation to the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Washington DC, Dr Pascal Gagneux warned scientists are already uncovering worrying signs. In research...

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Archbishop Neary urges citizens to vote for “a culture of life”

Archbishop Bishop Michael Neary of Tuam has called on voters to “place a culture of life at the centre of Election 2016”. Adding his voice to that of All Ireland Prelate Archbishop Eamon Martin and Bishop John Buckley of Cork and Ross and, who have issued their own recent statements on the issues of abortion...

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Bishop Doran says it is hard to see how a Catholic can vote for a pro-abortion candidate

Bishop Kevin Doran of Elphin diocese has said he finds it “very difficult to see how any Catholic could, in good conscience, vote for a candidate or a political party whose policy it is to legalise abortion.” He makes the comment in a statement issued to coincide with the General Election campaign. In the statement, called...

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Bishop urges voters to question candidates on abortion

Bishop John Buckley of Cork and Ross has called on voters to question election hopefuls on the constitutional protection for the unborn. Amid ongoing calls to repeal the pro-life amendment to the Constitution, Bishop Buckley said in a statement at the weekend that “candidates in the election should be questioned politely but firmly not just...

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UK Education Minister rejects mandatory sex-ed in schools

Britain’s Education Secretary has rejected calls to make sex education mandatory in primary and secondary schools across England. According to The Christian Institute, Nicky Morgan MP rejected calls from four different House of Commons committee chiefs to introduce Sex and Relationships Education (SRE), and Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE) as mandatory subjects, stating...

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Couples who attend church together happier – study

Couples who attend church together are happier than those who do not, new research has found. According to the research, undertaken by the US-based Institute for Family Studies, fully 78% of couples who state they attend church as a couple described themselves as “extremely happy” compared with 67% of couples who do not attend religious services either as a couple or on an individual...

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Party leaders refuse to back Constitutional right to life

Both the Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil leaders refused to back the Constitutional protection for unborn children during the first televised debate of the general election campaign. Questioned on their own stance and their parties’ stances on the current debate around repealing the 8th Amendment in response to life-limiting foetal abnormalities, Taoiseach Enda Kenny reiterated his belief that the best way forward on...

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Northern Ireland rejects abortion legislation

The Northern Ireland Assembly has rejected legislative changes aimed at easing the region’s abortion restrictions. In a vote at Stormont on an amendment to the Offences Against the Person Act 1861 and the Criminal Justice Act (Northern Ireland) 1945, Members of the Local Assembly (MLAs) rejected, by 59 to 40, a proposal to allow for...

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