The Iona Blog

Assisted suicide comes before the Oireachtas Justice Committee

By Dr Angelo Bottone

It is worrying that the topic of assisted suicide is even before our politicians, because it means some of them want us to legalise it, but the matter was considered by the Oireachtas Committee on Justice and Equality on Wednesday. Fortunately, it heard from an excellent witness in the form of Dr Regina Mc Quillan...

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Minister Harris should heed scandals engulfing abortion clinics overseas

By Dr Angelo Bottone

Health Minister Simon Harris intends passing a law that will regulate ‘rogue’ pro-life agencies that give bad advice to women. We don’t have any abortion clinics here and hopefully never will, but Minister Harris might like to pay attention to the scandals engulfing abortion clinics overseas, for example in the Netherlands and Britain. There is...

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Shielding students from uncomfortable opinions does them no favours

By Dr Angelo Bottone

Identity politics is killing critical thinking in the university. I have been in UCD for fifteen years, first as a PhD student, then as a tutor and currently as a lecturer. I am also research officer for the Iona Institute. If you believe in rumors or conspiracies theories, I should qualify as the best candidate...

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Pro-life event shouted down at Oxford University

Universities are becoming more and more hostile places for those with a pro-life point of view. Pro-life societies are being refused official recognition. We saw what happened to Katie Ascough at UCD. Now we have an incident at Oxford where a pro-life event was disrupted by pro-choice demonstrators and almost had to be called off....

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Decline in church attendance in Ireland has levelled off for now

By David Quinn

Church attendance in Ireland is one of the very many things tracked by the European Social Survey, one of the biggest polls of its kind anywhere. It has been conducted every two years since 2002. The 2016 edition came out last week and one of things it has found is that while the numbers attending...

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Katie Ascough: Are you or have you ever been a member of the Iona Institute?

By David Quinn

Are you or have you ever been a member of the Iona Institute? Are you or have you ever been associated with The Iona Institute? These were basically the questions hurled at Katie Ascough in two student papers hailing her ‘impeachment’ last week as President of the Students’ Union at UCD. Need I labour the...

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Anne Robinson weakest link in ‘Abortion on Trial’ programme

The 50th anniversary of the passage of the 1967 Abortion Act in the UK came and went last week. Since then, almost 9 million abortions have taken place.  A number of programmes were aired to mark the event. One was ‘Abortion on Trial’, presented by Anne Robinson. In fact, abortion wasn’t on trial at all....

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Peter Boylan is wrong about abortion rates going down when law liberalised

By Dr Angelo Bottone

Two doctors, one of them being Peter Boylan, told the Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment last week that when a country’s abortion law is liberalised, abortion rates decline. This is not true. Abortion rates and trends vary considerably by geographic region. In discussing Ireland, we should look at countries that are socially and culturally...

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Abortion, disability and law: notes from a conference

By Patrick Fitzgerald

A conference on the topic of ‘Abortion, Disability and the Law’ was held in Athlone last Friday. It was jointly hosted by the Anscombe Bioethics Centre in Britain, and the Consultative Group on Bioethics of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference. The subject matter could hardly have been more topical because it is precisely the lives of...

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Masters of two main maternity hospitals want law to permit abortion of disabled babies

By Dr Angelo Bottone

The Masters of the two biggest maternity hospitals in the country have both declared their support for abortion where a child suffers either from a fatal or a non-fatal foetal abnormality. If implemented, this would mean that unborn children suffering from conditions such as Down Syndrome could be aborted in Irish hospitals. In the UK,...

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