The Iona Blog

Big money to be made from pre-natal testing

By David Mullins Recent events involving the misdiagnosis of an unborn baby at Holles Street have thrust the issue of prenatal genetic testing and genetic testing in general into the public spotlight. This tragic scenario has also provided a platform for mothers and couples to share their experiences of the pressure that was placed on...

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Reflections on the divorce referendum

By Margaret Hickey

By Margaret Hickey The result of last Friday’s divorce referendum to remove the waiting time of four years from the Constitution was passed by a margin of just over four to one.  Not a surprise to anyone on either side of the argument. Ireland has been cresting a liberal wave for a number of years....

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The risk factors leading to marital breakdown

Do marriages that end in separation or divorce share certain traits, risk factors that allow us to predict which couples will stay together and which ones will not? The answer is, yes. In my previous blog I referred to the studies of Paul Amato, a sociologist of marriage from Pennsylvania State University. He pointed out...

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Inconsistencies in tests for foetal abnormality

By David Mullins The tragedy that is currently unfolding around the termination of a perfectly healthy baby who was misdiagnosed as having Trisomy 18, Edward’s Syndrome, is heart breaking. It bears stark witness to the irresponsible and dangerous sloganeering engaged in by those who campaigned for ‘Safe, Legal and Rare’ abortion without ever having properly interrogated...

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Children suffer when parents in low-conflict marriages divorce

We are in the middle of a referendum right now on whether the waiting time required before a couple can divorce should be removed from the Constitution. It therefore seems a good time to look at the general issue of divorce, and in particular on what makes a person file for divorce. You might think...

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Facebook censors our new ‘still one of us’ ad campaign

Facebook has censored our new ‘still one of us’ ad campaign which we launched last week. It has been placed behind a notice of warning and we are no longer allowed us to promote it. The campaign is currently running on a number of billboards in various parts of the country and we had extended...

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Irish Times is too complacent about marriage in Ireland

By David Quinn

“The institution of marriage in Ireland is in pretty good health”, the Irish Times told us on Monday in an editorial that warned against complacency about the passage of the divorce referendum on May 24th. As for that, it will pass in a canter, but is marriage in Ireland “in pretty good health”? That is...

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Persecution of Christians in some countries ‘approaching genocide’, but we remain indifferent

Two recent reports highlight the growing religious persecution around the world. Christians are the overwhelming majority of those persecuted on grounds of faith but governments are reluctant to react properly on religious oppression, while media downplay its severity. One of the reports, released last week, was commissioned by Jeremy Hunt, Britain’s Secretary for Foreign Affairs,...

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Stay-at-homes mothers ‘a punch in the gut’?

By Margaret Hickey

More than two thirds of Irish women working at home do not want to return to paid employment.  So says a newly released survey undertaken by ‘Solas’, the Department of Education’s Further Education and Training Authority. These findings amounted to ‘ a punch in the gut’ for Sonya Lennon, founder of the Dublin branch of...

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In England the abortion situation becomes worse

The UK Office for Nationals Statistics has released the 2017 data on pregnancies in England and Wales. When compared with the statistics about abortion, those data give us a frightening account of the situation: pregnancies and births are decreasing while abortions are increasing. (note 1) The number of pregnancies or conceptions in the general population...

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