The Iona Blog

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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Thoughts on Prime Time and 25 years of social change

By David Quinn

I was on Prime Time on Thursday night discussing 25 years of social change in Ireland. Prime Time has been in existence now since 1992. The video before the panel discussion took us from that year to the present and basically invited us to consider how much progress Ireland has made in that time. But...

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Rhona Mahony cannot seriously believe that medical ethics should be left to law-makers alone

Dr Rhona Mahony, Master of the National Maternity Hospital gave a speech to the Labour Party ‘Think-In’ a few days ago. In it, she said that while law deals with “right”, medicine deals with “risk”. She seemed to imply she does not believe that medicine also deals with “right”, a terrifying prospect. Can she really...

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Making it ‘ethical’ to kill a twin in the womb

By David Mullins

If, in matters of pregnancy, ‘choice’ is supreme, are there any grounds for criticising a woman who aborts one of her twins because she wants just one baby, not two? The euphemism for this is ‘foetal reduction’ and ‘foetal reduction’ often occurs when IVF results in a woman becoming pregnant with two or more babies....

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The ‘evils’ of domesticity (or are German women more ‘liberated’ than Irish women?)

By David Quinn

Jacky Jones continues her war on domesticity in her health column in The Irish Times. Having previously wondered whether housewives are scared of ‘real work’ and accusing them of ‘completely wasting their talents’, she now laments that Irish women are more likely than men to like cooking, and also seem to like cooking more than...

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Katherine Zappone’s madly contradictory views on Church and State

By Dr Angelo Bottone

Following a meeting between Catholic bishops and Government representatives last week, Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone, who was not present, told the Catholic Church that it has no right to determine our laws, and that its own teachings ought to recognise a right to abortion. That is quite a double whammy. According to The Times Ireland...

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When our personal genetic information is no longer private

By David Mullins

There has been much debate in the last few weeks about the ‘compulsory’ nature of the Government’s Public Services Card. Many of those concerns revolve around increased levels of State intrusion and the threat to personal privacy. This is a threat also posed to an increasing extent in the medical world as knowledge of genetics...

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