Simon Harris and his fellow abortion supporters have claimed that late-term abortions will not be carried out in Ireland, but that claim is contradicted by the letter of the law that the Health Minister is pushing through the Dáil as fast as he can.
Last week, Carol Nolan gave an electrifying speech in the Dáil opposing the abortion bill, where she said that “many good men and women in this very house are being bullied into fear, silence and obedience” and that a “fear of not being reselected by party leaders” was effectively censoring pro-life politicians. The Offaly TD is absolutely correct. There is no free vote on abortion in Fianna Fáíl or Fine Gael.
You may have seen that media commentators are in a major tizzy about something called ‘fake news’, which they say is having an influence on public opinion, and that this is a Very Bad Thing. The irony here is that fake news is nothing new in the mainstream media, and the breathless reporting on the supposed ‘strike’ in support of the repeal of the 8th is just the latest example of the media tendency to distort the facts, or exclude alternative views, on a whole range of issues.
The Fianna Fáil leader, Micheál Martin, is now seriously at odds with both the Parliamentary Party and the party membership in regard to abortion. Before Christmas, the Fianna Fáíl Ard Fheis voted against abortion by an 80% majority, while most of the party’s TDs and Senators are opposed to repealing the constitutional right to life of preborn babies.
Mattie McGrath, the pro-life TD for Tipperary, was recently sent a series of questions on the recommendations of the Abortion Committee by a journalist. He proposed clarifications to the questions which are a must-read. If we had this kind of clarity in the debate it would make for an honest and factual discussion on abortion, but, of course, the media’s heads would collectively explode.
Over the course of 2017, I have been paying close attention to pro-choice arguments to get an understanding of where they are coming from. I paid attention to arguments in the regressive liberal media. I went along to pro-choice and repeal rallies to see what arguments pro-choice and repeal activists were putting across. I noted that the media and the activists have some interesting strategies for getting their points across and trying to win arguments.
1. Pro-life Unity for the Life Canvass The long-sought for unity for the pro-life movement took a huge step forward as most of the major pro-life organisations have come together to make sure that the Life Canvass has the biggest impact possible to Save the 8th. This was fantastic news for the Life Canvass, as another leading national pro-life organisation, Family & Life, formally come on board with Life Institute, Youth Defence and more than 30 local pro-life organisations, to make this the biggest pro-life door-to-door initiative ever seen in Ireland.
It comes as no surprise that the openly rigged and biased Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment has voted in favour of abortion on demand. It was a foregone conclusion, since the panel was stacked with pro-abortion politicians from the outset, and it heard almost exclusively from pro-abortion witnesses.
In 2008, David Michaels published his book, Doubt is Their Product: How Industry’s Assault on Science Threatens Your Health. The title of the book references an infamous 1969 memo sent by an executive at Brown & Williamson tobacco which was in turn owned by R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company.
One of five children, I was born in the late 1930s. Growing up in Ireland during the 1950s was happy, not drab and grey as we are currently led to believe. In the early 1960s, I emigrated to London with many Irish people. London was a lively place but, compared to now, it was a lot more difficult to travel to and from Ireland to visit family and friends so I often felt homesick. While training as a nurse, I met my husband. An articulate and well-read Englishman with an Irish mother and an English father, he was raised a Catholic.
It has now been confirmed that subject to sign off on a final report, the recommendations of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment will be published on Wednesday 20th December. We can safely predict that it will call for abortion on widespread grounds, and this only days before Christmas, which celebrates the birth of a child. The horrible irony of this should not be lost on anyone.
The first consequence of the repeal of article 40.3.3, the 8th amendment will be the death of unborn children in Irish hospitals. A cascade of other consequences will follow. While some Irish women now seek abortions in the UK, Ireland’s abortion rate is estimated to be 5% but the rate in culturally comparable UK runs at 20%. Ireland’s had 63,897 births in 2016. Allowing for a similar abortion rate to the UK that would mean 13,400 abortions, with live births declining to under 53,000. This would be a shocking increase of some 10,000 abortions every year.