Topic / Abortion

Anti-abortion US writer wants Catholics to boycott Irish goods

John Clark, above, an American writer and father of nine, last week lamented the result of the Irish referendum on abortion, saying that ‘God was voted down at the ballot box in Ireland’ – and it was Ireland’s ‘darkest hour’. He went on to call for an international boycott of Irish products. Though other countries […]

Court ruling could soon reform Northern Ireland’s abortion ban

Two lawyers involved in a High Court challenge to Northern Ireland’s abortion law predict that the law could change soon because the court today found that the law is in breach of human rights: it is ‘untenable’, ‘disproportionate’, and needs ‘radical reconsideration’. Mary-Rachel McCabe of Doughty Street Chambers and Janet Farrell of Bhatt Murphy Solicitors, […]

A landslide!

Amnesty UK on the facts about abortion in Ireland before the vote to repeal the 8th amendment (convert all verbs to the past tense): Any woman who has an abortion in Ireland faces up to 14 years in prison. The only case in which a woman is legally allowed to terminate her pregnancy, is when her […]

Ireland snubs Catholic bishops and votes for abortion reform

In a March statement, Ireland’s Catholic bishops asked people of faith to ‘pray earnestly’ that Ireland will ‘choose life’ in an upcoming abortion referendum. And they warned that repealing the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution, which guarantees the equal right to life of mother and unborn: Would leave unborn children at the mercy of whatever […]

Row breaks out among Irish priests over abortion vote

Dublin-based Father Terence Crotty, above, has hit out at a group of Catholic priests who want church leaders to refrain from telling people how to vote in an upcoming referendum on abortion in Ireland. On May 25, Ireland will vote on whether to repeal its Eighth Amendment, and the Association of Catholic Priests (ACP) has […]

Irreligious Britain is entering a ‘frightening new Dark Age’

Bishop Philip Egan of the Catholic Diocese of Portsmouth – pictured above with a glum young novitiate – warned at the weekend that a ‘frightening new Dark Age’ brought on by the end of faith in society is imminent for Britain. According to this report, he said in an April 15 pastoral letter: The demise […]

Council votes to ban abortion protesters outside clinic

Ealing councillors have voted unanimously to approve a ‘safe zone’ to shield women from demonstrators at a centre run by the charity Marie Stopes. In doing so, the council has become the first in the UK to ban anti-abortion campaigners from protesting outside a clinic, according to the Independent. The decision follows complaints that women using […]

Militant pro-lifers are lunatics, says senior Catholic priest

Monsignor John Devine, OBE, stands accused of distorting Catholic teaching on abortion and of lying by saying that people who have abortions are not murderers. Attacks on Devine, the highest-ranking Catholic cleric on the Isle of Man, began after he revealed in a letter that he had criticised pro-lifers who were opposing the Isle of Man’s […]

Northern Ireland violating women’s rights, says UN report

A UN committee report published today makes for unhappy reading for one of Northern Ireland’s most outspoken anti-abortionists, Nola Leach, above, Chief Executive of a Christian outfit called Care. Last year, Leach wrote: As the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Abortion Act looms it is time to consider the effect that is has had on […]

Planned Parenthood supporter wins Catholic school battle

Last week Kate Murray, a student at Sacred Heart Greenwich Girls’ school in Connecticut, was given an ultimatum: ‘Remove a Planned Parenthood sticker from your laptop computer or be expelled.’  But, according to this report, the school quickly backed down after students and parents expressed outrage. Many sent letters to the administration to express their […]