The Iona Blog

Amnesty, the law and media bias

By David Mullins Last Friday Amnesty International Ireland confirmed that the Standards in Public Office Commission (SIPO) had found it to be in open breach of these laws with respect to how it had used a grant of €137,000 for Irish abortion reform from billionaire George Soros’ Open Society Foundations. Amnesty is defying SIPO by...

Read more...

In Denmark 97pc of babies found to have Down Syndrome were aborted last year

In Denmark in 2016, 133 out of 137 babies found before birth to have Down Syndrome were aborted. That is 97pc of all diagnosed cases. Carsten Sondergaard, the Danish ambassador to Ireland, has written to the Oireachtas Joint Committee on the Eighth Amendment to tell them Denmark does not have an official policy to eradicate...

Read more...

Ironic ‘Christmas present’ from the Committee on the 8th must be rejected

By David Mullins

It has now been confirmed that subject to sign off on a final report, the recommendations of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment will be published on Wednesday 20th December. We can safely predict that it will call for abortion on widespread grounds, and this only days before Christmas, which celebrates the birth...

Read more...

Making contraception cheaper does not reduce a country’s abortion rate

By Dr Angelo Bottone

You would think that there would be a correlation between the affordability of contraception and the abortion rate of a country. That is to say, the cheaper contraception is, the lower the rate of abortion should be. Not so, a new study from the Nordic countries suggests. The aim of the study, which was published...

Read more...

What does the National Women’s Council believe a woman to be?

By David Quinn

I wonder what the National Women’s Council of Ireland (NWCI) believes a woman to be? There used to be a very easy answer to that; you’re a woman if you’re biologically female and a man if you’re biologically male. The question is prompted by the fact that at its #femfest at the weekend, the NWCI...

Read more...

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...

Read more...

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...

Read more...

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...

Read more...

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....

Read more...

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...

Read more...
1 2 3 96