Topic / Abortion

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 […]

Zika epidemic puts Catholic Church in a difficult position

The Catholic catechism states that besides ‘natural family planning’, anything else that works to render procreation impossible is ‘intrinsically evil’. The Rev Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, an anti-abortion outfit in the US, said that means birth control is wrong no matter what. That prohibition doesn’t change based on circumstances. So […]

Anti-abortion extremists could be jailed for up to 20 years

Anti-abortion filmmaker David Daleiden, 27, above, is in deep trouble. The man who was lauded last year by Christianity Today for his efforts to bring down ‘abortion giant’ Planned Parenthood, has been indicted by a Texas jury, along with cohort Sandra Merritt, for tampering with a governmental record. According to The Guardian, Daleiden, who received […]

Reactionary forces in Northern Ireland block abortion reform

An alliance of evangelical Protestants, the Catholic church and a majority of Northern Ireland’s  Assembly’s politicians has prevented the UK Abortion Act of 1967 from being extended to the region. According to the Guardian, Northern Ireland’s first female leader Arlene Foster, above, vowed to maintain the Democratic Unionist party’s opposition to any reform of the […]

Top US Evangelist Franklin Graham quits Republican Party

A pre-Yuletide budget approved by the US Congress effectively kicked the anti-abortion lobby into the long grass, much to the disgust of Franklin Graham who promptly announced that the Republicans would no longer enjoy his support. Anti-abortionists, according to this report, had fervently prayed that funding for sex education and family planning would be axed. […]

‘We don’t want your sort in Australia’

Troy Newman, a deranged American anti-abortion activist who has called for doctors who perform terminations to be executed for murder, has been blocked from entering Australia. Newman is the head of anti-abortion organisation Operation Rescue and was due to speak in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Hobart and Cairns over the next fortnight at events run by […]

Judge targeted over ‘a precious little girl’

There are many words to describe jailed Kentucky clerk Kim Davis. ‘Delusional’, ‘arrogant’, ‘bigoted’ and ‘stupid’ are probably the first that spring to mind. But in the eyes of the Rev Philip “Flip” Benham, above, head of anti-abortion outfit Operation Save America, Davis is “a precious little girl”. Benham, according to this report, was one […]

Catholicism is losing its appeal in the US

Most Americans who were raised Catholic but have since left the RCC could not envision themselves returning to it, according to a new Pew Research Center survey examining American Catholics and family life. The Washington Post reports that the survey’s findings were released on Wednesday, weeks before Pope Francis makes his first visit to the […]