As you know, there’s a huge push right now, both North and South, to legalise abortion for babies with a disability. That’s why we need to stand strong against abortion at the All Ireland Rally for Life in Belfast on July 2nd.
If you’ve had a toddler, or even spent more than an hour or two with one, it is something you know firsthand. In addition to all the happy things that accompany the exploration and curiosity that define toddler-hood comes something pretty darned developmentally important.
Last week you spoke up for the families of unborn children with profound disability, and prompted a right to reply from Newstalk. Now we're asking you to do the same for bereaved parents whose children lost their lives to a profound disability, and who have been deeply distressed by the callous and erroneous claims made on RTE's Morning Ireland last Friday, 10th October 2014..
For 41 years, Britain has lived with "a state-sponsored culture of death that has killed 5 million children" said Bishop Patrick O'Donoghue, emeritus bishop of Lancaster, in a homily at a pilgrimage for the unborn in Norfolk last week. "We're now surprised that some of the surviving children have turned out violent with no regard for the sanctity of life?" "Yes, abortion, contraception, euthanasia, and assisted suicide destroy life, and they also destroy the sanctity of home," Bishop O'Donoghue continued. "This is why there are so many broken homes in our country."
Abolish the system which penalises single income families
The newly appointed Board of the Family Support Agency held their first meeting on Wednesday, 10th July in the St. Stephens Green Hotel in Dublin. Mary Coughlan, Minister for Social and Family Affairs addressed the Board before the meeting. Mary Coughlan, Minister for Social and Family Affairs addressed the Board before the meeting. Mr Michael O'Kennedy, Senior Counsel & former Government Minister and EU Commissioner is chairperson of the new Board. The Minister spoke of the Government's commitment to the needs of families: "At a time when families are coming under increasing pressures, Government is establishing an agency to bring together all the support which families need. The State cannot and should not replace families but we can and must provide services to support families", she said.
The Mother and Child Campaign has expressed upset at what they describe as the use of Baby Anne as a 'political football in the establishment's propaganda war on the family'. They have reluctantly decided that they need to respond.
The Mother and Child Campaign said today that mandatory pensions and other stop-gap measures would not adequately meet the looming pensions crisis. The Campaign spokes woman Niamh Ui Bhriain said that Minister Seamus Brennan should take immediate steps to reverse anti-family measures such as tax-individualisation, which had contributed to the demographic shift at the core of what was now becoming a crisis regarding future pension payments.
The Mother and Child Campaign has warned the government against exploiting the plight of children at risk in Ireland to seriously undermine the constitutional and natural rights of Irish parents. Spokeswoman for the campaign, Maria McCluskey, said that the overwhelming majority of Irish parents were devoted to their children and that parents' rights, including the right to best decide as to how to care for their children, should not be under attack by the State.
Did you know that the State punishes some families by taxing them up to an additional €5,460 every year? That’s a huge amount of money - enough to pay a mortgage for four or five months! And most of these are families with young children, struggling to make ends meet.