IFPA’s own record shows SIPO it is campaigning on 8th

The IFPA has been told by SIPO to return the cash it received from billionaire George Soros to campaign to repeal the 8th amendment. In a letter to SIPO on 6 September 2016, the IFPA told the statutory body that it “has no relevant links with any political party, candidate or current political campaign of […]

“Doubt is Our Product”

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. The original quote is as follows: […]

A Story of Life

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 […]

Ironic ‘Christmas present’ from the Committee on the 8th must be rejected

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 […]

Abortion Buffer Zones on the Rise

It’s not exactly news. For many years now, the right to publicly protest has been coming under attack by people who are determined to shut down dissenting voices. You don’t actually need to be protesting to have your voice silenced – these days all you need is your publicly stated opinion that goes against the […]

The changing positions of Varadkar and Harris on abortion

Simon Harris has had more positions on abortion than there are episodes of Big Bang Theory and he has proclaimed them all in public with the air of a man informing the electorate of a deeply held moral principle. The only person who has flopped this flip as almost as much is his current boss, […]

Consequences of repealing the 8th

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 […]

Improved services, not a repeal of the 8th, is needed to prevent outcomes like that of Savita Halappanavar

Savita Halapanavar died on Sunday 28 October 2012, seven days after her admission to University Hospital Galway (UHG), where she was treated on St Monica’s Ward, a gynaecology ward within the Women’s and Children’s Directorate of the Hospital. She was a 31-year-old woman who was 17 weeks pregnant with her first child. Her tragic case […]

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