Vicious and dishonest: Irish media sink to new low on rape and abortion

Many Irish people were previously unaware that a controversy arose this week when a US politician, Todd Akin, spoke insensitively about rape victims while answering a question about abortion. Mr Akin provoked a storm when he said in relation to abortion and rape that: “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to […]

New paper says ‘lethal anomaly’ not a medical prognosis

What we say, and how we choose to use language, is of crucial importance. Parents of terminally-ill children, already in shock and distress at an unexpected diagnosis, can be left reeling at the use of phrases such as ‘incompatible with life’. I’ve been told by parents in these situations that the use of these terms […]

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