Simon Harris and the appalling misuse of the Tragic C case

The narrative on the upcoming referendum is being hijacked by ‘alternative facts’, ‘fake news’ and a corruption of the truth by media commentators, politicians and, even in some cases, doctors themselves. A primary example is the narrative is that the 8th needs to be removed to save women’s lives. This is repeated ad nauseam, yet, […]

Ailbhe Smyth and the patriarchy against pro-life feminism

Ailbhe Smyth, member of the pro-abortion Together for a Yes 8 “Coalition”, was once my lecturer in UCD and head of then-called WERRC (Women’s Educational Research and Resource Centre Department) while I was studying for my MA in Women’s Studies. She had plenty to say about patriarchal oppression and its treatment of women (but wasn’t […]

Harris is driving abortion agenda, but asleep at the wheel of the healthcare shambles  

The Irish health system is failing in terms of cost, patient satisfaction and waiting times, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), indicated on the 8th of March, International Women’s Day. And they say it is likely to get worse. Four days later it was reported that 714 sick people were on trolleys awaiting […]

The Times running social media ads targetting pro-life women with pro-Repeal stories

It appears that the Times and the Sunday Times have been deliberately targeting pro-life women with social media advertisements containing a story purporting to show the harm of the 8th amendment. You may have seen the story, shown below, popping up on your Facebook page recently, and you probably thought absolutely nothing of it.   […]

Don’t repeal the right to life. Save the 8th

I have been out canvassing for the Life Institute over the last couple of months. As I was speaking with people on our door to door canvass a common argument is why should women have to travel to England for an abortion. My answer to that is there should not be abortion there either. Look […]

Why looking to Northern Ireland ignores the reality of 8th being repealed

On Sunday, an RTE presenter posited this question: “How can you say the 8th amendment is necessary to prevent a UK style abortion regime, when Northern Ireland has banned abortions for years without the 8th amendment?” At its base we know that the experience of Ireland and Northern Ireland will diverge for a simple reason – our […]

7 consequences of abortion in the UK that could occur in Ireland

It’s easy to claim that legalising abortion is the answer to women’s difficulties. Abortion is frequently presented as a simple and personal choice, but it’s not as simple as all that. Legalised abortion has a knock-on effect for everyone in society, not just for women with a crisis pregnancy. It’s something that Ireland has to […]

The crackdown on pro-life activism in the UK

Ed Condon rightly notes that ‘the real reason for the sudden crackdown on vocal opposition to abortion’, exemplified by the ‘buffer zone’ campaign, is that ‘it is changing minds’; thanks to pro-life vigils the numbers of abortions are declining (Catholic Herald, January 21, 2018). This is bad news for BPAS and Marie Stopes, beset by scandals involving […]