The Iona Blog

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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Pro-life speakers outnumbered six-to-one at Oireachtas hearings

The Oireachtas Joint Committee on the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution is hearing from experts and witnesses. A disproportionate number of them favour repealing the pro-life amendment. In fact, the pro-repeal witnesses outnumber pro-retain witnesses by a massive six-to-one. It is any wonder that Mattie McGrath TD, and Senator Ronan Mullen are considering resigning from the...

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The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission is failing to do its job properly

By David Mullins

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC) is a statutory body of some importance. In terms of framing the public debate on what constitutes human rights, it has achieved a remarkable level of ‘market share’ and influence. It has now decided that there is a ‘human right’ to an abortion and the human rights...

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Professor Binchy defends equal worth of every human being before Oireachtas Committee on abortion

By Dr Angelo Bottone

Professor William Binchy appeared before the Oireachtas Committee on abortion yesterday.  Professor Binchy, an expert in constitutional law, is one of the main architects of the pro-life clause of our Constitution. In his testimony to the committee, he defended the right to life of the unborn and challenged the idea that under our international law...

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A horrific surrogacy case our Health Minister ought to know about

By David Quinn

The most horrific surrogacy case is making its way to the US Supreme Court. It is a perfect storm of practically all of the terrible ethical violations that bedevil the practice, even when it is non-commercial. Health Minister, Simon Harris (pictured), should study the case carefully as he prepares legislation to regulate the whole area...

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How men and women react to the ‘hook-up’ culture

By David Quinn

It is increasingly forbidden to suggest that there are real differences between men and women and that these differences are not merely the result of our upbringing and society’s expectations. But suppose there are real differences, and suppose denying them has real effects, harmful effects, in the real world? Suppose one of those differences is...

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How ‘safeguards’ aimed at limiting assisted suicide are collapsing

“Is it time we talked about euthanasia?”, an Irish Time article asks. Yes, it is and it is also time to show what happens when a country legalises euthanasia or assisted suicide. We can see, for example, how the number of deaths by assisted suicide has been rapidly escalating in Belgium and the Netherlands. We...

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Irish Government happy to promote gay rights abroad but not religious freedom

By Dr Angelo Bottone

A delegation from the Irish State’s foreign aid organisation, Irish Aid, is currently in Vietnam promoting gay rights. Interestingly, Irish Aid seems to have nothing to say about the suppression of religious freedom in the Communist dictatorship, never mind other crucial freedoms. Why? The Socialist Republic of Vietnam controls all aspects of the lives of...

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What ‘reproductive justice’ means for the unborn child

By David Mullins

In a speech she delivered recently in Wexford, Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone highlighted what she termed ‘reproductive justice’. In her hands, ‘reproductive justice’ renders the rights of the unborn child completely null and void. Interestingly, however, other advocates of ‘reproductive justice’ while they are certainly pro-choice, nonetheless have misgivings about aspects of abortion that Minister...

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Taoiseach must tell his Children’s Minister that the unborn are children too

By Patrick Fitzgerald

Recently both the Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, and the Minister for Children, Katherine Zappone, said an unborn child should not be considered equal to its mother. The Taoiseach affirmed that the unborn child did, nonetheless, enjoy some rights, whereas Ms Zappone said that unless women have unrestricted access to abortion, meaning no rights for the unborn...

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