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Some of the ethical pitfalls of surrogacy have been starkly revealed in an RTE documentary broadcast this week called “Her body, our babies”. It examined the story of an Irish couple who paid a woman in India to carry babies for them. The woman became pregnant with three babies and one was aborted in a so-called ‘pregnancy reduction’ under instructions from the Indian clinic charged with overseeing the woman.
Only a quarter of couples who move in together in the UK actively see it as a step towards getting married, according to a new study. And a fifth of such couples have actively ruled marriage out.
Serious concern has been voiced about the safety of troubled children in a a State-run care home. Inspectors for the State's health watchdog, the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) said that the care unit, Crannóg Nua locked children in for up to 12 hours a day, the Irish Times reports.
People with religious faith tend to have less work-related stress, according to new research. The study, carried out in the UK, found those with a faith are less anxious in the work place, healthier and less likely to take sick days, the Daily Telegraph reports.
The suggestion that psychiatrsts who hold a particular view on abortion could be bypassed by GPs is “deeply insulting to psychiatrists working at the coalface of psychiatry,” Professor Patricia Casey has said. She was responding to remarks made by Dr Anthony McCarthy, former president of the Irish College of Psychiatry in an interview with the Irish Times.
Divorcing parents are often in denial about the effect of their break-up on their children, according to a new UK survey. The survey of adults and children who have experienced a divorce found that youngsters are far more likely to have seen their parents fighting than the adults realised, the Daily Telegraph reports.
A religious order in the US has won a temporary injunction against a new requirement that it provide insurance cover for abortifacient and contraceptive pills, which are in direct contravention of Catholic teaching. The injunction against the Obama Administration mandate was granted by Supreme Court Justice, Sonia Sotomayor.
The Government's new abortion law came into effect yesterday. Among other things, it compels named Catholic hospitals to perform abortions under the terms of the law and doctors who are pro-life must refer patients seeking abortions to doctors who are pro-choice.
Islam will become Ireland’s second religion within the next 30 years because of dramatic population growth and immigration. Statistics compiled by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) show that Islam is now Ireland’s fastest-growing religion, the Irish Independent reports.
Pope Francis is “shocked” by Malta’s proposed new civil unions bill that will permit adoption by same-sex couples, according to the auxiliary bishop of Malta. Bishop Charles Scicluna has told The Sunday Times of Malta that Pope Francis encouraged him to speak out against the Maltese Civil Unions Bill that aims to legalise gay adoption.
The number of pupils attending Catholic schools has risen by almost three million between 2008 and 2011, while the number of Church-run schools increased by over 6,000 over the same period, according to new official Vatican figures.
A new report on the effects of family structure on children shows that children raised outside marriage still do worse on various than children raised within marriage even after various factors such as poverty are taken into account. However, it found that the effects of family structure are reduced when factors like poverty or the education level of the parents are taking into account.
Only limited religious freedom protections will be offered under the Government's proposed same-sex marriage referendum, Justice Minister Alan Shatter has said. Speaking on Tuesday night in a debate on the issue, Mr Shatter said that the referendum would protect denominations from being required to carry out same-sex marriages.
Denominational schools exist in response to the Constitutional right of parents to choose the sort of education their children receive, and do not engage in “discrimination” the Church of Ireland Archbishop of Dublin, Michael Jackson (pictured), has said.
Accord, the Catholic bishops’ marriage counselling agency, has been attacked for adhering to the Church's teaching on marriage. A spokesperson for Glen, the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network said that the group's refusal to offer its services to same-sex couples could be in breach of the Equal Status Act, the Sunday Times reports.
Big regional differences have been found in the number of children being taken from their families into State care in different parts of the country, according to new figures. For example, the report states that there were almost 230 childcare applications in Letterkenny during 2012 compared with 10 in Carlow and nine in Tullamore.
Australia’s High Court has struck down a law passed in the Australian Capital Territory permitting same-sex marriage. The court, the highest in Australia's justice system, held that only the federal parliament could amend the nation’s marriage laws.
Growing up without a father may transform the structure of children's brains, a new research suggests. A study carried out by Research Institute of the McGill University Health Center and recently published in the journal Cerebral Cortex says that fatherless children have a higher risk of being more aggressive and angry.
Denominational schools should no longer have the right to prefer children from their own denomination, the Ombudsman for Children, Emily Logan (pictured), has said. In a submission to the Department of Education on draft legislation on school admissions, the Ombudsman also called for an end to preferential access for the children of past pupils, the Irish Times reports.
Catholic politicians have an obligation to have regard to the social doctrine of the Church when they make policy, Pope Francis has said. Speaking to representatives of the Dignitatis Humanae Institute, a group which works with politicians to promote human dignity, the Pope said that politicians needed encouragement “ to think according to the Gospel and the social Doctrine of the Church”.
Ireland's gender pay gap is lower than the European average, according to new EU figures. According to the report from Eurostat, published on Monday, men on average earn 13.9pc more than women here, compared to the EU average of 16.2pc.
A court has ruled that the Polish parliament is permitted to display the crucifix. A small secular party had argued that the presence of the crucifix discriminated against them as nonbelievers.
A resolution declaring that abortion is a human right has been defeated for a second time this morning by the European Parliament. The Estrela report, was narrowly defeated when an alternative resolution tabled by the centre-right groups was approved by 334 votes to 327, with 35 abstentions.
Couples should get married if they want to have children, according to one of the UK's top family judges. Sir Paul Coleridge (pictured) has said that couples whose relationship is not stable enough to merit getting married should not have children.
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops are being sued by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) for teaching Catholic hospitals not to perform direct abortions. The ACLU filed a federal lawsuit against the bishops on behalf of a Michigan woman named Tamesha Means, the Catholic News Agency reports.
Married couples in the UK are to finally benefit from a tax break, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, has announced. And he said that the proposal, worth up to £200 a year, was “just a start”.
Northern Ireland, which currently protects the right to life of the unborn child in the vast majority of situations, is to examine introducing abortion on the grounds of foetal abnormality and possibly rape and incest. Alliance leader and Health minister David Ford MLA said that he is to initiate a consultation on possible changes to abortion law.
A six year-old girl in the UK who wants to be treated as a boy has been given a support worker to make sure she is treated as a member of the opposite sex at school. Georgia, who is known as George, has wanted to be a boy since the age of three, according to her mother – the girl refused to wear dresses and tried to cut her own hair short, the Christian Institute reports.
The vast majority of children are cared for by parents or relatives, according to a new survey. The survey, commissioned by Donegal Childcare Committee, found that 77pc of pre-school children were being looked after by either parents (64pc) or paid or unpaid relatives (13pc).
Politicians lacking Christian conviction and moral values have cause voters to lose trust in politics, according to a leading UK Labour politician. David Lammy , former minister for higher education, compared many current politicians to King Herod and accused the political system of being dominated by “yes-men, placemen and posers,” the Daily Telegraph reports.
Women's brains are wired differently to men's, according to new research. The study, published in the Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences, has found striking differences between the way that men’s and women’s brains are wired to work, the Irish Independent reports.
Croatians have voted to define marriage as being between a man and a woman in a referendum at the weekend by a margin of almost two-to-one. Just over 65pc said “yes” to the referendum question: “Do you agree that marriage is matrimony between a man and a woman?”
The UK Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal by a Christian B&B that only allows married couples to share a double bed. Owners Peter and Hazelmary Bull had been successfully sued by gay couple Martyn Hall and Steven Preddy, and ordered to pay £3,600 in damages, the Christian Institute reports.
The Pro Life Campaign (PLC) has accused the United Nations' Committee Against Torture (UNCAT) of “inverting the standard of human rights” after it posed a number of questions about Ireland's record on abortion. Yesterday it emerged that UNCAT had questioned the Government as to whether “adequate guidelines exist.....for medical and other professionals on criteria to be met for legal termination of pregnancies”.
Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore (pictured) has denied that he is pushing for assisted suicide after it was suggested there was a split between him and Taoiseach Enda Kenny on the issue. It comes after he appeared to suggest last week in the Dáil that he would welcome legislation on assisted suicide.
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