The Iona Blog

Pro-euthanasia submissions show the slippery slope is real

By Dr Angelo Bottone

A new group called ‘Irish Doctors supporting Medical Assistance in Dying (IDsMAiD)’ has made a submission to the Oireachtas Justice Committee that is examining Deputy Gino Kenny’s ‘Dying with Dignity Bill’. The submission denies that a slippery slope exists once you legalise the measure, while at the same time confirming its existence by opening the...

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Canada’s terrible euthanasia warning for Ireland

By Dr Angelo Bottone

Today is the deadline for submissions to the Oireachtas Justice Committee concerning Gino Kenny’s ‘Dying with Dignity Bill’. What is happening in other countries that have gone this path becomes more relevant than ever. Euthanasia and assisted suicide were legalised in Canada in 2016 and, since then, the number of patients killed in hospitals and...

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How the 8th amendment saved hundreds of babies with Down Syndrome

By Dr Angelo Bottone

Thanks to prenatal screening, far fewer babies with Down Syndrome are being born than was once the case. A recent study shows that across Europe as a whole, the reduction is in the order of half, but in Ireland prior to the introduction of abortion two years ago, it was ‘only’ 8pc, whereas in Spain...

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Mother and Baby Homes report highlights how eugenics targeted unmarried mothers

By Dr Angelo Bottone

Among the many other things it examines, the report on the Mother and Baby Homes published last week looks at how other countries in the past treated unmarried mothers. It throws a spotlight on how various countries in the first part of the last century promoted eugenics, which frequently targeted unmarried mothers, labelling them ‘feeble-minded’,...

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New Zealand’s darkly paradoxical attitude towards protecting life

By Dr Angelo Bottone

In 2020, New Zealand had great success in protecting its people from Covid-19, a naturally-caused infection, but in a seeming paradox it opened the door to euthanasia, and further liberalised its abortion law, both of which allow for the deliberate killing of human beings. New Zealand was the first country to put euthanasia to a...

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Legion of Mary’s humane alternative to the Mother and Baby homes

By Dr Angelo Bottone

The report on the Mother and Baby Homes makes for often disturbing reading. Unmarried mothers were routinely consigned to institutions such as mother and baby or county homes and eventually separated from their children. One organisation followed a different path, namely the Legion of Mary. The report itself acknowledges this. It says: “before the 1970s,...

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Contrary to popular belief, religious men do more housework than the norm

By Dr Angelo Bottone

It goes against the lazy stereotype of the traditionalist, bread-winning male and the subservient wife who does all the housework, but new research has found that men who attend religious services regularly spend more time doing housework than most other men. The other group of men who do more housework than the norm, are non-religious...

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HSE letter whitewashes conflict between doctors over late-term abortions

By Dr Angelo Bottone

Last November, the Iona Institute drew attention to an academic study from University College Cork which strongly indicates that late-term abortions are taking place in Irish hospitals, with the babies sometimes being left to die following a termination. The study was mostly ignored by mainstream media in Ireland but attracted some attention internationally. It was...

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The use of vaccines and material cooperation

By Dr Angelo Bottone

The Holy See has recently released an official document stating that, “when ethically irreproachable vaccines are not available, … it is morally acceptable to receive Covid-19 vaccines that have used cell lines from aborted fetuses in their research and production process.” This is a reference to the fact that some of the vaccines have in...

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Religious leaders must challenge latest ban on public worship

By David Quinn

Public worship will be effectively banned again in Ireland from St Stephen’s Day because of the increase in Covid case numbers. Leo Varadkar has indicated that the new level 5 restrictions could continue for two months.  The question that must be asked, as always, is whether the move to ban public worship is proportionate given...

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