Savita’s memory continues to fuel abortion debate in Ireland

By Michael Cook This week marks the tenth anniversary of the death of Savita Halappanavar in University Hospital Galway. That tragic event led to protests and eventually to a referendum in 2018 which removed a pro-life amendment to the Irish constitution The young dentist, 17 weeks pregnant, had asked for an abortion but the hospital …

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Irish pro-abortion activist: “Abortion was unspeakable”

Ireland legalized abortion. But as recently as 2015, a pro-abortion feminist wrote: In Ireland, the very word “abortion” is unspeakable, shunned as too shocking, shameful, stark – and true. Not only is abortion exiled so that it doesn’t happen here, hic et nunc [here and now], and our hands clean, our consciences clear; it has …

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Abortion Rights “celebrate” 6,700 lives lost to abortion in Ireland last year

By Right to Life UK Figures released from the Department of Health in Ireland earlier this week report that there were approximately 6,700 abortions in Ireland in 2021. The report claims that a cyber attack in 2021 means that the precise figures are not currently available. Pro-abortion organisation Abortion Rights Campaign issued a press release headlined “ARC celebrates …

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MPs speak out against attempts to force more abortion on Northern Ireland

By Right to Life UK Editor’s note. Devolution refers to the transfer or delegation of power from a central government, in this case the United Kingdom, to a subnational, local authority, in this case Northern Ireland. The Government in Westminster is coming under increasing pressure to commission abortion services in Northern Ireland despite the devolution of …

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Disability abortion bill passes committee stage with over 99% of submissions in support of law change to remove changes forced on Northern Ireland

By Right to Life UK The Severe Fetal Impairment Abortion (Amendment) Bill has passed Committee Stage at the Northern Ireland Assembly. The Bill proposes removing the current grounds in the abortion regulations that were imposed on Northern Ireland by the British Government in 2020, which allow abortion for babies with disabilities such as Down’s syndrome, …

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Ireland sidesteps ‘assisted dying’ debate – for now

By Michael Cook  “Assisted dying” is a live issue in Ireland – unsurprisingly, perhaps, after the electorate repudiated traditional Catholic beliefs on divorce, abortion and same-sex marriage in several referenda. People Before Profit TD [Member of Parliament] Gino Kenny recently proposed a Dying with Dignity Bill. But the Justice Committee of the Oireachtas, Ireland’s parliament, ruled …

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Government proceeds with forcing expanded abortion on Northern Ireland

By Right to Life UK The Government has announced plans to proceed with forcing expanded abortion services on Northern Ireland. In a written statement to Parliament, Brandon Lewis MP, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, laid out a formal timetable for forcing the commissioning of abortion services. If abortion services are fully commissioned, disability-selective abortion …

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Ireland: only 14% of doctors support euthanasia

By Right to Life UK A study that examined the attitudes and opinions of physicians in Ireland found that only 14% of physicians surveyed were in favour of introducing euthanasia into Ireland.  Just 17% were supportive of introducing physician-assisted suicide. A majority continue to oppose the legalisation of euthanasia (67.2%) and physician-assisted suicide (56.3%). Last …

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Northern Ireland Secretary given new powers to expand abortion in NI, despite cross-community opposition

By Right to Life UK The Northern Ireland Secretary, Brandon Lewis, has announced that the Conservative Government has introduced regulations to Parliament that will give the Northern Ireland Secretary new powers to enable him to force Stormont to to expand abortion access across Northern Ireland  through the commissioning of abortion services. The regulations confer on …

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Northern Ireland Secretary to be given new powers to expand abortion in Northern Ireland

By Right to Life UK The Conservative Government in Westminster is set to use Parliament to give the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland new powers to allow him to force the Northern Ireland Department of Health to expand abortion access across the province through the commissioning of abortion services. The UK Government and various …

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Bill to stop abortion for disabilities including Down’s syndrome passes Second Stage in Northern Ireland

By Right to Life UK This evening the Severe Fetal Impairment Abortion (Amendment) Bill passed its second stage at the Northern Ireland Assembly by 48 votes to 12. The Severe Fetal Impairment Abortion (Amendment) Bill proposes removing the current grounds in the abortion regulations that were imposed on Northern Ireland by the British Government in …

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Bill launched to end abortion up to birth for babies with disabilities including Down’s syndrome, cleft lip and club foot, introduced in Northern Ireland

By Right to Life UK  This morning a new Bill that intends to prevent unborn babies with a ‘serious fetal impairment’ being aborted up to birth has been introduced to the Northern Ireland Assembly. Following the imposition of abortion on Northern Ireland by the Government in Westminster, the Abortion (Northern Ireland) (No.2) Regulations 2020 permit …

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