There is no free vote on abortion in Fianna Fáil or Fine Gael

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 […]

Harris is wrong: evidence shows that people voted on the 8th not his bill 

Minister Simon Harris and his fellow abortion campaigners are insisting that the people voted on May 25th for a liberal abortion regime, and that no life-saving amendments to the abortion bill should be considered. Harris is even refusing to accept an amendment which would outlaw abortion on disability grounds as he says the vote has […]

No surprise that Abortion-Doctor-In-Chief is Peter Boylan

Well, you could have knocked us down with a feather when Simon Harris welcomed Peter Boylan as his Abortion-Doctor-In-Chief, with the task of rolling out abortion services across the country. Only joking, of course, everyone saw that one coming. While the Health Service Executive made the appointment everyone knows that Harris would have had no […]

Harris is fiddling for abortion while the health service burns

  Another week, another dire warning from medical experts on the absolute crisis in our health service. The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation has said that emergency departments are at risk of becoming “war zones” because the HSE has no plan in place to deal with another winter of growing overcrowding. The description is a […]

766 babies born alive after abortions and left to die in Canada over five years

My friend and fellow blogger Patricia Maloney, who has been covering the story of live-birth abortions for several years now, published some of her latest findings last week: According to new data, livebirth late-term abortions are still happening in Canada. And the numbers are way too high. According to CIHI, There were 766 late-term live-birth abortions in a five […]

Anti-Irish racism and Britain’s legalisation of abortion

As is widely known, abortion was legalised in practice in Great Britain by the Abortion Act of 1967, passed as the result of a Private Member’s Bill introduced by Liberal MP David Steel. Steel had been persuaded to do so by the Abortion Law Reform Association (ALRA) and, in a 2007 interview with The Guardian, he singles out […]

Bully tactics from Harris on abortion may backfire

Any neutral commentator would have to conclude that Simon Harris is doing a terrible job as Minister for Health. The Health Service is in chaos, and despite his much-vaunted promises, the Minister  has utterly failed to improve the appalling numbers of people on waiting lists for essential services, or left lying on trollies in overcrowded hospitals. Doctors […]

Why Amnesty and others are demanding a right to foreign funding to push for change in Irish law 

The Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) and Amnesty International are amongst organisations complaining  that the 2001 amendment to the Electoral Act of 1997 by the Standards in Public Office Commission (SIPOC) is curbing civil society and human rights organisations, and that there is now a “chilling effect” on the work of human rights organisations. […]