A general election has been called in Ireland and the vote will be held on 26th February, 2016. In advance of polling day, the various politicians are setting out their position in relation to the abortion issue and specifically on where they stand on the retention or repeal of the 8th Amendment to the Irish Constitution, which provides the last remaining constitutional protection for unborn babies in Irish law.
In a significant ruling for freedom of speech and balanced reporting on the prolife issue in Ireland, the Broadcasting Authority has found that a programme aired on the national broadcaster, RTE, breached the requirements of the Broadcasting Acts for fairness, objectivity and impartiality in news and current affairs.
The Irish Prime Minister, Enda Kenny has said that politicians in the Fine Gael Party will be allowed to have a free vote on abortion if the matter is raised in the Irish Parliament.
Ireland’s doctors will be feeling left out in the cold after reading today’s open letter published by Amnesty International.
I doubt it’s come as any great surprise to Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny that women have periods. He is a married father of three, after all. And I don’t really care if some women in Ireland tweet him details of their menstrual cycle. Most women keep those things to themselves, I suppose, figuring that those things are, well, private and just another part of life.
I’ll say one thing for the Chinese; they know how to spin. Within just a few hours of the announcement that the People’s Republic had “abolished” the One Child Policy, the news was spreading like wildfire. Every major website was broadcasting the fact that couples in China would now be freed of the restrictions which had been in place since the Policy was first imposed back in 1979 when the slogan “late, long and few” was promoted by the Communist Party in an attempt to control China’s growing population.
The 8th Amendment (Article 40.3.3.) to the Irish Constitution is the original Life Equality Amendment. It protects the equal right to life of unborn children and their mothers.
Hundreds of pro-life supporters from all over Ireland travelled to Dublin last weekend for the Pro Life Campaign National Conference.
China’s One Child Policy represents one of the darkest aspects of human rights abuses globally. Today marks the 35th anniversary of the introduction of this draconian measure and it provides a much-needed opportunity to reflect on the devastation and heartache that the policy has caused.