The Iona Blog

NPHET could learn a bit about religious freedom from the US and France

By Dr Angelo Bottone

The members of the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) might take some time out of their day to read a ruling by the US Supreme Court that declared new restrictions imposed on public worship because of the pandemic are disproportionate and violate the constitutional right to religious freedom. In fact, a French court, the...

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Some of the champions of eugenics we still lionise today

By Dr Angelo Bottone

Marie Stopes International, a chain of abortion and family planning clinics, has announced that it will change its name and remove any reference to Marie Stopes, due to her controversial past. Stopes was a member of the Eugenic Society, which promoted the selective breeding of human beings. A supporter of Nazism, she advocated for the...

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Who is availing of abortion in Ireland?

By Dr Angelo Bottone

The Irish Family Planning Association has just published its annual report, covering the first full year of the operation of Ireland still new abortion law. The organisation, which is the biggest private provider of abortions in the country, surveyed 177 of its clients to try and find out more detail on who is having abortions....

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A brutal insiders’ look at abortion in Ireland

By David Quinn

A new study based on interviews with 10 doctors who perform abortions in Irish hospitals reveals that our law is exactly as terrible and brutal as predicted by pro-life campaigners. The three researchers behind the study focused on cases involving so-called ‘fatal foetal abnormalities’ and asked the doctors who carry such out abortions about their...

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Pressure already on to expand grounds for abortion

By Dr Angelo Bottone

The Irish abortion law is to be reviewed next year and the campaign to expand its grounds has already started. Two papers, written by three medical researchers based in Cork, want it made easier for doctors to say an unborn baby has a fatal abnormality and therefore perform an abortion. In fact, their more recent...

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The evidence is in; Relationships and Sexuality Education does not work

By David Quinn

There is “little relationship between receiving Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE) or not and young people’s sexual behaviour and competence”. This is the huge finding of a new report from the Economic and Social Research Institute, not that the finding would jump out at you when reading it. You have to go looking (it’s on...

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More evidence that there are natural differences between men and women

There is a very big ongoing debate in society about whether there are real natural differences between men and women, aside from the obvious physical ones, or whether the differences are all down to social condition. It is the old ‘nature vs nurture’ debate’. But the studies keeping piling up which seem to indicate some...

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Ban on public worship challenged in court

By Dr Angelo Bottone

The ban on public worship in Ireland has been challenged in court. Today, businessman Declan Ganley initiated proceedings against the Minister of Health, claiming that the current restrictions breach the constitutional right to religious freedom. This morning the judge postponed the matter until December 8. Under the current restrictions, passed on October 22, attending a religious public...

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How ‘science’ was used to victimise unmarried mothers

By Dr Angelo Bottone

In Ireland in the past, unmarried mothers and their children were harshly treated as a result of a potent brew of Victorian values and a strict application of Catholic morality. But as we will see, in other countries such as Britain and Sweden, the ‘science’ of eugenics was often applied instead, with fearsome results. This...

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Court ruling against eugenics met by violent pro-choice protests

By Dr Angelo Bottone

The Polish Constitutional Court ruled last week that it is unconstitutional to abort a baby because it suffers from a genetic abnormality such as Down Syndrome. The reaction by many pro-choice campaigners to this decision against eugenics? Violent protests, blockading of roads and invasion of Masses. Poland’s highest court considered the following question, brought by...

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