The Iona Blog

Power, not fairness rules at UCC’s Philosophical Society

By Dr Anthony McCarthy

“Justice is the advantage of the stronger” said Thrasymachus to Socrates, who disagreed. In our own culture, tolerance is increasingly merely an intermediary strategy used by the strong who still lacks power in certain areas. Once such power is gained, tolerance, fairness and pluralism quickly cease to be virtues. In the face of such trends,...

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Second round of ‘One of Us’ poster campaign launched

We are pleased to announce that we have launched the second round of our national billboard campaign. It has the same, simple and unmistakable message as last time, namely that the unborn child is ‘One of Us’. This is the truth that pro-choice campaigners want the public to ignore. They do not want to acknowledge the...

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The goal of medicine: heal, never harm

By Dr Angelo Bottone

On his radio show last week, Sean O’Rourke hosted two doctors with opposing views on abortion. The debate went right back to medical first principles; what is medicine for? Dr. John Monaghan, a recently retired obstetrician who delivered more than 10,000 babies over his career, said that everyone in his position had to terminate pregnancies...

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No Catholic with a well-informed conscience could vote for abortion

By Dr Angelo Bottone

Can a Catholic with a well-informed conscience vote in favour of abortion? A question of this kind was put to Bishop Alan McGuckian, on Wednesday on RTE’s Morning Ireland. The short answer is no. The teaching of the Catholic Church on abortion is clear. Direct abortion is always wrong because, as the Catechism says, “human...

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How social disapproval of Down syndrome affects my child

By Renate Lindeman   Today my 12 year old daughter with Down syndrome delivered a speech on inclusion in her school. “Segregation makes a child feel lonely and not liked. It also teaches other students that it is okay to segregate children who are different. Students with special needs who are included are happier and...

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Why our abortion law would be more permissive than the British law

By Dr Angelo Bottone

Our new video points out that the abortion law currently being proposed by the Government goes even further than the already very permissive British law. The British law means one in every five pregnancies there ends in abortion each year. Here we will set out exactly how what’s on offer in Ireland is more permissive...

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Ireland’s proposed surrogacy law

David Quinn was on RTE’s ‘This Week’ on Sunday to discuss Ireland’s proposed surrogacy law. The proposed law will outlaw commercial surrogacy but permit non-commercial surrogacy for which ‘reasonable expenses’ will be paid. Irish people will still be able to avail of commercial surrogacy abroad. David argued that surrogacy in all forms commodifies children and...

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Proposal for a GP-led abortion ‘service’ is impractical as well as unjust

By Dr Angelo Bottone

Minister Simon Harris wants GPs in Ireland to be the main providers of abortion, and to prescribe the abortion pills to women ‘with no restriction as to reason’ in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. The vast majority of abortions take place during this time frame. It is hard to believe he has thought this...

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Iona Institute launches national pro-life billboard campaign

The Iona Institute has launched a new national billboard campaign to promote the right to life of the unborn. The billboards show an image of the unborn baby at 11 weeks with the simple message ‘one of us’. The posters show how unmistakably human the unborn child is at 11 weeks, how unmistakably the baby...

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A conscience provision must fully protect pro-life doctors

By Dr Angelo Bottone

Minister Simon Harris has pledged to allow doctors to conscientiously object to providing abortion pills, in the event of the pro-life amendment going. But how much protection is he willing to allow? For example, will doctors opposed to abortion be forced to refer women who doctors who don’t oppose abortion, which is a form of...

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