More than 7,000 Irish women had abortions last year

More than 6,700 women had an abortion via their GP last year, new official figures indicate, but when the numbers from hospitals are included, plus the number still going to England and Wales, the figure easily exceeds 7,000. The total of 6,700 alone is the highest figure since the 2018 referendum that repealed the 8th amendment....

Ireland plays along with another charade at the UN

Ireland is currently before the UN Human Rights Committee in order to report on our compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). But the whole process is so deeply flawed, it cannot be taken seriously. For instance, the committee members in practice often know little about the many countries they have...

Why Roe vs Wade was overturned

The Supreme Court of the United States has overturned Roe vs Wade, the 1973 ruling that a woman has an untrammelled right to abortion up to viability. Why did it do so? The simple answer is that the 1973 ruling had no real constitutional basis. The new ruling does not ban abortion. It simply gives...

Number of abortions in England hits new record of 214,869

Last year, 214,869 abortions took place in England and Wales, according to newly released statistics from the Department for Health show. It is the fifth consecutive year that the number has risen and it is both the highest number and the highest abortion rate since data have been collected. The number of terminations is the...

The Iona Institute submission on the assisted suicide Bill

The Oireachtas Committee on Justice has invited submissions on the “Dying with Dignity Bill 2020”, presented by Deputy Gino Kenny. The deadline was midday today. The Bill aims at allowing euthanasia and assisted suicide when a person has an illness from which they are ‘likely to die’. A majority of TDs have already voted to move...

A Duty to Die? Assisted suicide in Belgium and the Netherlands

A Private Member’s Bill to permit assisted suicide under certain circumstances is soon to come before the Oireachtas. The experience of Belgium and the Netherlands shows how difficult it is to limit it once it is introduced. Rates have soared in both countries and the grounds have widened. Read more in our latest briefing note.

How Britain’s abortion law operates

Our new briefing paper looks at the operation of Britain’s abortion law, including the prevalence and the grounds for abortion. Pro-choice groups in Ireland want us to adopt a UK-style abortion law at a minimum. In the UK, one in every five pregnancies ends in abortion. You can download the briefing note from here.

Council of Europe body rejects pro-surrogacy report

A report which sought to support greater availability of surrogacy across Europe has been rejected by a key committee of the Council of Europe. Following consideration of the report, ‘Human Rights and ethical issues related to Surrogacy’, the Council’s Social Affairs Committee struck down a draft resolution on the issue, meaning the Council’s opposition to...

Ireland’s latest report to the UN: The Iona Institute’s response

This is the response by The Iona Institute to Ireland’s 3rd periodic report under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. It concentrates on Article 10, dealing with the rights of the family.  The Iona Institute was invited to respond by the Department of Foreign Affairs.

The loss of virtue and the economic crisis: A talk by Theodore Dalrymple

The Iona Institute hosted a talk on Thursday January 27th by Anthony Daniels, better known by his pen name Theodore Dalrymple, in which he argued that the global economic crisis was triggered by a decline in virtue.