Topic / Abortion

Abortion: Polish Government sparks a fresh wave of fury

A Polish politician’s insistence that foetuses that stand no chance of survival should be allowed to be born so that they can be baptised before they die has provoked fresh demonstrations. According to this report, massive protests erupted in Poland on Monday as women in cities across the country donned black in protest of a […]

Russia’s Chief Wizard Patriarch Kirill renews war on women

Just before his departure for London, where he is currently cuddling up to the Church of England and other religious bodies, Vladimir Mikhailovich Gundyayev, better known as Kirill, Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia, signed an appeal to introduce a total nationwide ban on abortions in Russia. According to Father Alexander Volkov, the appeal calls […]

Archbishop Martin told to butt out of Irish abortion debate

Fine Gael parliamentarian Kate O’Connell has told Archbishop Eamon Martin, above, the Catholic Church Primate of Ireland, to keep his nose out of the country’s current debate on abortion. O’Connell, according to this report, said: I don’t see why Archbishop Martin should be getting involved in women’s health issues. It is the same as asking […]

The she-demons of Ireland

Last week two women set up a Twitter account, TwoWomenTravel, to document their journey from Ireland to the UK for an abortion. Priest-ridden Ireland of course still bans all abortion except (grudgingly) those absolutely necessary to save the woman’s life. They tweeted a photo of the plane under a lowering sky, of their message of […]

Pressure mounts on Ireland to scrap its foolish abortion ban

Two women have travelled from Ireland to the UK in order to get an abortion, and to protest and highlight the fact that abortion is illegal in the Republic of Ireland. According to this report, the pair recorded their journey on a Twitter account, TwoWomenTravel, posting photos and updates of their journey by plane, train, […]

Politician says he knows ‘for a fact’ that God does not exist

John Halligan, above, Ireland’s Minister of State for Training, Skills and Innovation, has outraged faith-heads by claiming that God does not exist, and that some people in the pro-life movement are ‘bastards’. According to this report, he equated anti-abortionists with the Jihadi terror group Isis. If that wasn’t enough to ruffle the fundies’ feathers, Halligan […]

Texas abortion ruling a major blow to the religious right

A decision by the US Supreme Court to strike down Texas’s anti-abortion law has angered the state’s godly Republican Governor Greg Abbot, above. Abbott condemned the decision by arguing that it jeopardises the state’s objective: To protect innocent life. The decision erodes State’s lawmaking authority to safeguard the health and safety of women and subjects […]

Drone challenges N Ireland’s draconian abortion laws

This week a drone, carrying a supply of pregnancy termination drugs, was flown into Northern Ireland as a protest against NI’s draconian anti-abortion laws. Northern Ireland’s status as the most religious part of the UK might be a relevant factor in its opposition to abortion. In the 2011 Census, some 82.3 percent of its residents […]

NI abortion sentence ‘unduly lenient’ says Christian crackpot

Bernadette Smyth, above, founder of Northern Ireland’s largest anti-abortion outfit, Precious Life, has expressed anger over an ‘unduly lenient’ three-month suspended sentence imposed by Belfast Crown Court on a 21-year-old woman who bought drugs online to terminate a pregnancy. Smyth is reported here as saying she was “very concerned about the judgement” and was: Very […]

Archbishop sparks a moral panic over Girl Scout cookies

A ‘spiritual crisis’ over the selling of  Girl Scout cookies on Catholic premises has been triggered by the archbishop of St Louis, Robert Carlson, above. In a letter circulated to the region’s priests and scout leaders, he questions whether the Girl Scout movement is spiritually in line with the teachings of the Catholic Church, according […]