The Iona Blog

How the prevalence of abortion increased in Portugal post-liberalisation

By Jim Stack MSc PhD The abortion law proposed by our Government should the 8th be repealed would be close in kind to the Portuguese law. Post-liberalisation of its law in 2007, the prevalence of abortion in Portugal jumped very substantially. It does not augur well for what will happen in this country, to put...

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Disability-based abortions will take place within the 12 week limit

An issue in the current abortion debate is the effect the proposed law will have on abortion rates of unborn babies with non-fatal abnormalities. Two things are worth noting. First, is that several very senior doctors seem to have no objection in principle to the law allowing abortion in such cases. The second is that...

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Pro-life side outstanding on Claire Byrne Live last night

The pro-life side had an excellent outing last night on RTE’s Claire Byrne Live. Maria Steen (pictured), the rest of the panel and every pro-life person in the audience was superb. Despite the bias of much of the media, despite Google banning all referendum ads (to the delight of the Yes side), last night hundreds...

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Together for Yes appears to support abortion for non-fatal abnormalities

Dr Jennifer Donnelly, an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, has called for the repeal of the Eighth amendment to allow for abortions in case of ‘complex’ foetal abnormalities. On the face of it, this would appear to include abnormalities such as Down Syndrome that would not result in the inevitable death of the baby. Speaking at an...

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Abortion after 12 weeks will still be easy to obtain under planned law

By Dr Tom Finegan A group of English-based lawyers argue in a letter (Irish Times, 23/4) that the “health ground” under the U.K.’s 1967 Abortion Act sets a much lower threshold for legal abortion than that set by the health ground under the Irish Government’s General Scheme for abortion legislation. The group point out that...

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Voting for abortion incompatible with the Catholic faith

By Dr John Murray Can a Catholic vote in favour of abortion? Some Catholics might believe the answer is yes, based on a balance of considerations. In fact, no Catholic with a proper understanding of what their Church teaches should vote in favour of abortion. This would be true of any law that permits the direct...

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The ultra-liberal abortion regime favoured by leading members of Together for Yes

By Dr Angelo Bottone

What kind of abortion law does Together for Yes really want? Or to put it another way, what do some of its leading members want? While Together for Yes wants repeal of the 8th amendment and supports the Government’s proposed abortion law as “workable and reasonable”, its leaders want to go even further than this....

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Prominent obstetricians refute claims that 8th amendment is endangering women

Two prominent obstetricians have written to The Irish Independent to refute claims that the 8th amendment is endangering women. Doctor Michael F O’Hare is the chairman of the Joint Institute of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists/HSE Working Group on Maternal Mortality and says that “there is no evidence whatever of a higher risk of maternal mortality or severe...

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Planned abortion law won’t be restrictive compared with rest of Europe

By David Quinn

How permissive will the Government’s proposed abortion law be compared with other Western European countries? The short answer is, as permissive. In most West European countries, it is very rare for a woman to be refused an abortion, and it will be very rare here also. It is very dishonest, therefore, for the Government to...

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It is false to say restrictive laws lead to more abortions

By Dr Angelo Bottone

Pro-choice campaigners like to say that the public must be ‘protected’ against misinformation from the pro-life side. But they themselves are guilty of spreading misinformation, for example the claim that countries such as Ireland, which have restrictive abortion regimes, have rates of abortion higher than countries with liberal regimes. Last week, the Guttmacher Institute, a...

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