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Americans think morality on the decline in their country

By Admin on 25th May 2013. ~ Categories: Other

A majority of Americans are pessimistic about the state of moral values in the United States, according to a new Gallup poll. Seventy-two percent say moral values in the country as a whole are getting worse, while 44pc rate the current state of moral values as poor.

Micheal Martin gives backing to abortion Bill

By Admin on 24th May 2013. ~ Categories: Other

Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin has claimed that the Government's proposed abortion legislation is "consistent with a pro-life position" and believes that his party should support it. However he admitted that there were many within his party who disagreed, and did not clearly rule out a free vote on the issue.

Creches under investigation by Gardai and HSE

By Admin on 24th May 2013. ~ Categories: Marriage and the Family

Allegations of poor quality care and mistreatment of children made against two creches in Co. Dublin are being investigated by the Gardai and the HSE. A further creche is the subject solely of a HSE investigation.

Labour TD admits abortion is not a cure for suicidal intent

By Admin on 23rd May 2013. ~ Categories: Other

A Labour TD has admitted that abortion is not a treatment for suicidal ideation or suicidal intent. Speaking on Tuesday during the Health Committee's hearings on the Bill, Ciara Conway, the Deputy Chair of the committee said that everyone was agreed that abortion was not a treatment for suicide.

Senator Crown accused of “sectarian” attack on pro-life politicians

By Admin on 23rd May 2013. ~ Categories: Freedom of Conscience and Religion

A former Government advisor has slammed Senator John Crown for an “illiberal and sectarian” article in last weekend's Sunday Independent. Writing in the Irish Catholic, Gerry Howlin accused Senator Crown, who suggested that those who opposed to the Government's abortion legislation should be required to take an oath of allegiance to the Constitution, of displaying “astonishing ignorance”.

Abortion Bill incompatible with human rights says Professor Binchy

By Admin on May 22 2013. ~ Categories: Other

The Government's proposed abortion legislation is “incompatible with the core values of human rights” because it allows the deliberate and intentional destruction of innocent human life, Professor William Binchy has said.

Abortion Bill risks ‘normalising’ suicide warns leading psychiatrist

By Admin on 21st May 2013. ~ Categories: Other

The Government's proposed abortion Bill risks normalising suicide among young men, a leading mental health professional has warned. The inclusion of a suicide clause in the legislation could cost more lives than it saved by “normalising” it, Prof Kevin Malone said at the second day of the Oireachtas health committee’s hearing on the proposed abortion Bill.

Bid to protect right of religious schools not to teach about same-sex marriage rejected

By Admin on 21st May 2013. ~ Categories: Marriage and the Family,Schools and Education,Religion and Religious Practice,Freedom of Conscience and Religion

A bid to protect the right of religious schools not to teach that same-sex marriage and opposite marriage are equivalent has been rejected by the House of Commons. The bid was one of a number voted on yesterday during a debate on the British government’s same-sex marriage bill.

US pro-marriage organisation to sue IRS after being targeted

By Admin on 20th May 2013 . ~ Categories: Freedom of Conscience and Religion

The leading organisation fighting the redefinition of marriage in the US is set to sue the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), accusing it of leaking its tax details to a political rival. The move comes amid controversy after it emerged that the IRS, which is the US Government's tax gathering arm, was targeting conservative groups who advocate for more limited government.

Christianity in Britain declined faster than expected, new figures suggest

By Admin on 18th May 2013 . ~ Categories: Religion and Religious Practice

Christianity in Britain could be facing a collapse with new figures suggesting it is declining 50 per cent faster than previously thought, The Daily Telegraph reports. An analysis of the 2011 census shows that a decade of mass immigration helped mask the scale of decline in Christian affiliation among the British-born population – while driving a dramatic increase in Islam, particularly among the young.

No evidence that abortion will help suicidal women says leading doctor

By Admin on 17th May 2013. ~ Categories: Other

One of the country’s leading obstetricians has said he has seen no evidence that abortion can help a suicidal pregnant woman and that creates a moral dilemma for doctors. Speaking on Newstalk this morning, the Master of the Rotunda, Dr Sam Coulter Smith, said: "We as doctors are required to practice evidence based intervention, evidence based medicine.

Concern expressed at new embryo stem cell technique

By Admin on 17th May 2013. ~ Categories: Other

Scientists and bioethicists have expressed serious concerns about the ethical implications of a new technique that uses and destroys cloned embryos to harvest stem cells for experimentation. Professor Martin Clynes, director of the National Institute for Cellular Biotechnology at Dublin City University, said that the new technique, which involves the transfer of a donor cell to an egg cell whose nucleus has been removed, creating a human embryo, has“probably” not gotten over the ethical issues involved with so-called therapeutic cloning, the Irish Times reports.

Archbishop Martin intervenes in debate over abortion legislation

By Admin on 16th May 2013. ~ Categories: Other

The Catholic Archbishop of Dublin, Dr Diarmuid Martin, has warned that the Government's abortion legislation will give the unborn child whose mother was deemed to be suicidal “less protection than is guaranteed in liberal abortion laws in other countries”.

European Court attacked over new assisted suicide ruling

By Admin on 16th May 2013 . ~ Categories: Other

The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that guidelines in place in Switzerland which restrict access to 'suicide' drugs are insufficiently clear and are in breach of Article 8 of the European Convention of Human Rights. However, the court did not rule that there is a right to assisted suicide in the Convention.

New French coalition formed to fight for freedom of conscience

By Admin on 15th May 2013 . ~ Categories: Marriage and the Family,Freedom of Conscience and Religion

A coalition of groups opposed to the legalisation of same-sex marriage in France have come together to stand up for the freedom of conscience of religious individuals and institutions who could find themselves the target of ‘anti-discrimination’ legislation.

Abortionist found guilty of murder of infants

By Admin on 14th May 2013. ~ Categories: Other

Philadelphia abortionist, Dr Kermit Gosnell, has been found guilty of three counts of first degree murder after it was found he killed babies after they had been delivered alive. He was also found guilty of conspiracy to perform abortions past Pennsylvania's 24-week legal threshold.

Young families hardest hit by recession says ESRI

By Admin on 14th May 2013 . ~ Categories: Marriage and the Family

Young families have been the hardest hit by the recession, according to new research from a leading think-tank. The study by the the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) shows that households where the adults are under the age of 45 are being hit hardest by unemployment, mortgage arrears and negative equity.

Irish launch of ‘Global Charter of Conscience’ takes place

By Admin on 13th May 2013 . ~ Categories:

The Irish launch of ‘The Global Charter of Conscience’ took place in Dublin yesterday. The purpose of the charter is to find a way of letting people of different beliefs co-exist in society and have their conscience rights curtailed to the smallest extent possible. Christian writer and speaker Os Guinness launched the document. The event was hosted by the Evangelical Alliance.

Catholic university under attack for honouring Enda Kenny

By Admin on 11th May 2013. ~ Categories: Freedom of Conscience and Religion,Other

Pro-life groups in the US have described the decision by a prominent US Catholic university to invite Taoiseach Enda Kenny to receive an honourary degree and speak at their graduation ceremony as “unconscionable” in light of the Government's proposed abortion Bill. “After our painful experience for the past 40 years, we know what legal abortion will do to Ireland,” Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America told Catholic News Agency in the US.

New report finds State guilty of child protection failings

By Admin on 11th May 2013. ~ Categories: Other

Up to 40pc of staff working in a State child protection and welfare bureau have not been vetted by gardai, and HSE staff in one local area did not always notify the gardai of cases of suspected physical, sexual abuse or neglect of a child, according to a new report. The review, carried out by the Health Information and Quality Authority, Hiqa, inspected child protection services in the Carlow/Kilkenny area found that delays in reporting suspect cases of abuse and neglect potentially hindered investigations and presented a risk to children, the Irish Times reports.

Catholics have duty to oppose abortion legislation says Archbishop Eamon Martin.

By Admin on 10th May 2013. ~ Categories: Religion and Religious Practice,Freedom of Conscience and Religion

The Government's proposed abortion legislation has been slammed as “gravely immoral” and Catholics cannot leave their faith “outside the room” when considering these matters, the Coadjutor Archbishop of Armagh, Eamon Martin, has said. In remarks at the closing of the Novena in the parish of Saint Patrick, Roden Place, Dundalk, Archbishop Martin said the government's proposal “strikes at the very heart of our faith and belief because it directly targets human life which is sacred and a gift from God”.

Convention recommends amending not deleting women in the home provision

By Admin on 10th May 2013. ~ Categories: Marriage and the Family

The Constitutional Convention has submitted its second report to the Government. It recommends amending, rather than deleting, Article 41.2 of the Constitution, which currently refers to women in the home. The report reflected the recommendation of the Convention's meeting in February that the article be made gender neutral to include other carers in the home, and beyond the home.

Morning Ireland admits academic not unhappy with how his abortion research was used

By Admin on 9th May 2013. ~ Categories: Other

RTE's Morning Ireland programme this morning issued a clarification accepting that a prominent New Zealand psychiatrist was not unhappy about how his research was cited by The Iona Institute. On Tuesday, presenter Cathal McCoille interviewed Professor David Fergusson about the way in which his research had been cited by pro life groups.

Anger at proposal to pay for pre-school places out of Child Benefit

By Admin on 9th May 2013 . ~ Categories: Marriage and the Family,Schools and Education

Education Minister Ruiari Quinn (pictured) has sparked fears of a further cut to Child Benefit after he indicated he would spend the money saved on free pre-school places. According to The Irish Independent, Mr Quinn's comments raising the prospect of further cuts have caused anger within the Coalition.

Cameron’s commitment to redefining marriage ‘costing votes’

By Admin on 8th May 2013. ~ Categories: Marriage and the Family

David Cameron’s insistence on redefining marriage and his refusal to date to grant a tax break to married couples cost the Tories seats in last week's local elections, Conservative activists have claimed. Conservative Grassroots, a network of senior Tory party members, have said that the Prime Minister's commitment to legalising same-sex marriage is harming the Conservative Party’s electoral chances, the Daily Telegraph reports.

Conscientious objection clause in abortion bill may be unconstitutional says expert

By Admin on 7th May 2013. ~ Categories: Freedom of Conscience and Religion

A prominent legal academic has said that a requirement in the Government's proposed abortion legislation that hospitals must carry out abortions regardless of their religious ethos may not be in accord with the Irish Constitution. Professor Gerry Whyte of Trinity College Dublin, a leading expert in Constitutional law, said that Head 12 of the Government's Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill 2013 may not be compatible with Article 44.2.5 of the Constitution.

Proposed law will allow grandparents more access to grandchildren

By Admin on 7th May 2013. ~ Categories: Marriage and the Family

Draft legislation currently being considered by the Oireachtas is set to remove some of the legal obstacles facing grandparents who wish to have access to their grandchildren where the children's parents split up. The legislation is also set to broaden the definition of a grandparent to take account of situations where parents may have had children from different partners.

Legalising same-sex marriage would attack the rights of children says bishop

By Admin on 6th May 2013. ~ Categories: Marriage and the Family,Freedom of Conscience and Religion

Legalising same-sex marriage would corrupt the natural setting for rearing children by a mother and a father, the Catholic Archbishop of Miami has said. Speaking at the Red Mass for the Miami Catholic Lawyers Guild, Archbishop Thomas Wenski, said that such a move would further spread “moral relativism,” which he added was one of the signs that democracy is “on its way to totalitarianism”.

Rise in number of ‘amateur abortions’ at home says IFPA

By Admin on 4th May 2013. ~ Categories: Other

An increasing number of women are attempting “amateur abortions” at home, the Irish Family Planning Association (IFPA) has claimed. Dr Caitríona Henchion, medical director for the IFPA, at a press conference to discuss the Government's proposed abortion legislation, said that one of their Dublin clinics had seen three such women in the first three months of this year, the Irish Times reports.

Bishops attack proposed abortion bill

By Admin on 3rd May 2013. ~ Categories: Freedom of Conscience and Religion,Other

The Government's proposed abortion Bill would be “a dramatic and morally unacceptable change to Irish law”, the Catholic bishops have said. In a statement responding to the Government's publication of the Heads of the Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill 2013 this week, the bishops said that it would “make the direct and intentional killing of unborn children lawful in Ireland”.

Fianna Fail delays taking decision on abortion legislation

By Admin on 3rd May 2013. ~ Categories: Other

Fianna Fáil has delayed taking a decision on whether to support the Government's proposed abortion legislation after a meeting of the parliamentary party yesterday. Reports suggest that the party leadership wished to see the party support the legislation, but that a majority of the party opposed this option.

Proposed abortion bill slammed for ignoring psychiatric evidence

By Admin on 2nd May 2013. ~ Categories: Other

The Pro Life Campaign (PLC) has slammed the Government for “systematically ignoring all of the expert psychiatric evidence presented at the recent Oireachtas hearings on abortion”. In a statement following the Government's publication of the heads of an abortion Bill on Tuesday night, it said that the Oireachtas had heard “unanimous expert evidence that abortion is not a treatment for suicidal ideation”.

Experts clash over whether law caused death of Savita Halappanavar

By Admin on 2nd May 2013. ~ Categories: Other

Eleven medical experts have rejected the suggestion made by Dr Peter Boylan that the death of Savita Halappanavar was probably caused by current Irish law. In a letter in yesterday's papers, the consultants, including Professors John Bonnar, Eamon O'Dwyer and Stephen Cusack, said that Dr Boylan's view was a personal one, “not an expert one”.

Small tax break could be in line for married couples in UK

By Admin on 1st May 2013. ~ Categories: Marriage and the Family

Long promised plans to give a modest tax break to married couples could be published by November, according to sources close to Prime Minister David Cameron. Mr Cameron has promised yet again that he would recognise marriage in the tax system before the general election in 2015 on the campaign trail last week, the Daily Mail reports.

No constitutional right to assisted suicide says Supreme Court

By Admin on 30th April 2013. ~ Categories: Other

The Supreme Court has said that there is no constitutional right to assisted suicide. In a ruling yesterday, the court rejected an appeal by a woman with multiple sclerosis against a High Court judgement from earlier this year which had said that assisted suicide was not a right under the Constitution.

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