The Iona Blog

Health Minister shamelessly contradicts himself on Down Syndrome

By David Quinn

Simon Harris, it appears, will say anything that comes into his head to justify stripping the unborn of the right to life, even if what he says today contradicts what he said yesterday. His comments on the aborting of children with Down Syndrome is a case in point. Last week, our Health Minister declared that...

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Major doubts surround the “enabling provision” to replace 8th amendment

By Patrick Fitzgerald

The big reveal this week in abortion politics is not that we would finally have a referendum to repeal the Eighth amendment, but rather that another provision would replace it. Yet, by the end of the week, we are no closer to knowing exactly what that text might be or what it is meant to...

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Tax individualisation may have ‘worked’ but it is still unfair

By David Quinn

Tax individualisation worked, declares a new paper from the Economic and Social Research Institute. Well, it worked if the aim of policy should be to increase the number of women in the workplace as distinct from giving parents a real choice between home and work. Tax individualisation was introduced to huge controversy in Budget 2000....

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Down Syndrome and abortion; the facts

By Dr Angelo Bottone

The issue of Down Syndrome (DS) and abortion is obviously going to loom large in the referendum debate with justifiable concerns raised that in a growing number of countries a large majority of  babies are aborted once DS is diagnosed in the womb. The concern is that more Irish women will opt to do this...

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Maria Steen debates the abortion issue on Prime Time

Following the Dail debate last week on the issue of abortion, Maria Steen of The Iona Institute appeared on Prime Time where she debated Labour’s Senator Ivana Bacik. The item can be watch here. Maria was also on Today with Sean O’Rourke  where she debated Senator Catherine Noone, Chair of the Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment. It is here. Senator...

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Fertility clinics will be allowed to sex select ‘perfect’ embryos

By David Mullins

The movement toward the provision of genetic based ‘therapies’ with a clear eugenic intent has moved one step closer to becoming a reality in this State. As the Irish Independent reports, the proposal is being introduced under the guise of permitting the sex selection of an embryo in fertility clinics setting, prior to implantation, “where...

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The use of abortion pills by Irish women

By Dr Angelo Bottone

The issue of illegal abortion pills was raised a number of times in recent debates following the publication of the Report of the Joint Committee on the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution. How spread is this phenomenon? Even if some Irish politicians seem to have discovered only recently the availability of abortifacients, those pills have...

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Some points for TDs to remember as Dail debates abortion

A debate is taking place in the Dail today and tomorrow over the issue of abortion. Here are some points TDs should keep in mind as the debate begins. The real issue is repeal of the 8th amendment. Any legislation that is enacted, however permissive, will only be the starting point. If the pro-life amendment...

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Why hospitals don’t need a faith-based admissions policy

By David Quinn

In his Irish Times column this week, Fintan O’Toole expresses the opinion that there is an inconsistency between Church-run schools prioritising children of their own faith in the event of overcrowding, but not doing so when Church-run hospitals are overcrowded. Actually, there isn’t. The key is what is and isn’t necessary to uphold the ethos...

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EU Commissioners should not interfere in our abortion debate

By David Quinn

Is it acceptable for an EU Commissioner, in an interview with an Irish newspaper, to give public backing to abortion with a referendum looming and given that the issue does not fall within the jurisdiction of the EU? Well, if the shoe was on the other foot, what would the reaction have been? The Commissioner...

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