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Politicians who knowingly vote in support of abortion were acting in "cooperation with evil" and could not reconcile this with their faith, Archbishop Eamon Martin has said. And he said most TDs were more concerned at this time with being "ex-communicated from their own party," than they were about being excommunicated by the Church.
The French Government plans to introduce a Bill by the end of the year to legalise voluntary euthanasia. The announcement was made by French President François Hollande, despite the national ethics committee advising against it, the Christian Institute reports.
The Catholic bishops are set to challenge the Government's abortion legislation if it is enacted, it has been confirmed. Yesterday, the bishops published a briefing document which said that the Bill did not vindicate the equal right to life of the unborn which “provides grounds for a viable challenge to the Constitutionality of the Bill”.
A number of Fine Gael politicians are beginning to get cold feet as regards a commitment to holding a referendum on same-sex marriage in the wake of the abortion legislation. While Labour have said they expect a referendum to be held on the issue after the Constitutional Convention recommended that a vote be held on the issue, some Fine Gael sources have suggested that the party may not take a position on the issue, the Irish Independent reports.
Master of the Rotunda Sam Coulter-Smith has told Newstalk radio that he would prefer if the suicide clause in the abortion Bill was removed from it. He said: “There is no evidence that the termination of pregnancy assists in that situation” and that removing the clause “would be my preference”.
A new private Member’s Bill to allow people to have their birth certificates changed to recognise their preferred gender has been launched by Senator Katherine Zappone. The Bill if it became law would allow people to apply to the Civil Registrar to have their birth certificates changed.
Switzerland is to appeal a ruling made by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in May that its law on who can and can’t take a life-ending drug is insufficiently clear. The original ruling held that, although there was no “right” to assisted suicide under the European Court of Human Rights, Switerland's law permitting assisted suicide did not provide sufficient clarity as to who can and can't be prescribed sodium pentobarbital for the purposes of suicide.
An independent review has slammed the HSE for the standard of care provided to children experiencing extreme neglect. The report said that such children who have come to the attention of child protection services, often see little or no improvement in their circumstances.
A clear majority of voters are opposed to abortion as a response to the threat of suicide, according to a new poll The poll, carried out by Amárach Research on behalf of the Pro Life Campaign (PLC), asked respondents to scale their support or opposition to abortion “if it were clearly shown that abortion is not a suitable treatment for a pregnant woman with suicidal feelings”.
The Minister for European Affairs, Lucinda Creighton, has said she will vote according to her conscience on the abortion Bill and said she was “deeply concerned” about the suicide clause in the legislation. Speaking in the Dáil debate on the issue yesterday, she also criticised the “groupthink” which she said dominated the abortion issue in Ireland.
Only 17 percent of people see creches as the best way to look after children younger than five, according to a new survey commissioned by the Iona Institute. The poll, carried out by Amárach Research and published yesterday, found that just under half of Irish people, 49pc, think the preferred option for children in this age group is to be looked after during the day by a parent while more than a quarter, 27pc, think the preferred option is to be looked after by another family member such as a grandparent.
Pro marriage groups and politicians have blasted the UK Government's plan to redefine the words “husband” and “wife” to refer to either sex. Under the wording of the Coalition’s same-sex marriage legislation “wives” could be men and “husbands” could be women.
Polyamorists in Canada have said they want the same legal status as other relationships, following their first national convention. Polyamory involves intimate relationships between three or more people at the same time.
An international lawyer has filed complaints against France in the UN Human Rights Council for using violence against pro-marriage demonstrators in Paris. Videos show French police beating marriage demonstrators, using tear gas and clubs against women, men, elderly and children.
Six minors under the care of the State have been taken to the UK for abortions, it has emerged as the debate over the abortion Bill continued in the Dail. Fine Gael TD, Michael Creed, speaking in support of the Government's abortion legislation, referred to an answer given by Health Minister James Reilly to a question by Billy Timmins about the number of girls taken to the UK due to suicidal ideation.
A Court of Appeals ruling in Northern Ireland has removed the preference for married couples in its adoption law and paved the way for same-sex adoption and adoption by unmarried couples. However, the decision may yet be appealed, after legal representatives for the NI Department of Health suggested that an appeal to the Supreme Court in London may yet be initiated, the BBC reports.
Sweden's model of providing universal, State-subsided childcare does not produce the best outcomes for children, parents or society, a Swedish author and consultant has told a conference on childcare organised by The Iona Institute. The conference was titled After Prime Time; What Type of childcare is best for children?
Pro marriage groups have given a mixed reaction to yesterday's rulings by the Supreme Court concerning same-sex marriage. They expressed dismay at a ruling which struck down an important passage in the federal Defence of Marriage Act (DOMA).
Dr Philip Nitschke, dubbed ‘Dr Death’ because of his advocacy of euthanasia and assisted suicide is set to give a “workshop” in Dublin, outlining methods that people can use to kill themselves. Dr Nitschke, founder of Exit International, the global organisation that promotes euthanasia, will hold the workshop, specifically for terminally ill people and their families at Liberty Hall on Saturday morning.
Europe Minister Lucinda Creighton has supported calls made by a former Director of Public Prosecution for the unborn to be represented by the Attorney General under the Government's abortion legislation. Ms Creighton, who said she continued to have concerns about the legislation, said that she believed that it needed to be amended.
A number of Irish bishops believe that Irish people have become “pagan”, a report by the Association of Catholic Priests (ACP) has said. In a summary of ACP meetings with Priests' Councils in a number of dioceses, their leadership team said many priests agreed with them that priests who had left to get married should be brought back to address the growing shortage of priests.
Lord Steel, who introduced the Bill which legalised abortion in Britain in 1967, says he is concerned that repeat abortions are being used as a form of contraception. Repeat abortions represented over one third (36 per cent) of all abortions in 2011, and that proportion is higher than the previous year, the Daily Mail reports.
Christian registrar Lillian Ladele recently lost her chance to appeal to the grand chamber of the European Court of Human Rights after she was pushed out of her job for believing in traditional marriage. Back in 2003 Miss Ladele told her managers at Islington Council that, should civil partnerships ever become law, she would have a conflict of conscience based upon her Christian beliefs about marriage.
Fine Gael Oireachtas members opposed to abortion should have the same conscience rights as those who opposed the party's stance on hare coursing in the 1990s, a TD has said. Brian Walsh, TD for Galway West, has already declared that he will be voting against the Government's abortion legislation, and called for Taoiseach Enda Kenny to allow TDs a free vote.
A Catholic bishop has criticised President Barack Obama for appearing to blame sectarian divisions in the North of Ireland on denominational education. In a speech delivered in Belfast on Monday ahead of the G8 summit, President Obama suggested that separate schools for Catholics and Protestants copperfastened divisions between the two communities.
Almost nine out every ten of voters believe Taoiseach Enda Kenny should not impose a party whip on TDs unhappy with his abortion legislation, according to a new opinion poll. The finding, in a survey carried out by Amárach Consulting on behalf of Family and Life, comes amid growing calls for TDs to be allowed a free vote on the Government's abortion bill, the Irish Catholic reports.
Fathers play a vital role in holding society together, and should get more recognition, the head of the Catholic Church in England and Wales has said. The Archbishop of Westminster, the Most Rev Vincent Nichols, was speaking alongside other British religious leaders, including Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, at an event held by Citizens UK, an alliance of community groups across the UK.
Pregnant women have better health outcomes in Ireland and Northern Ireland, where the laws on abortion are very restrictive compared with women in Britain, where it is freely available, according to a new study. The study, published in the summer issue of the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons compared national health data over a period of 40 years.
A new study shows that the US media have covered stories weighted in favour of same-sex marriage five times more than they have covered statements opposing it. The survey, by the Pew Media Centre, measured the coverage of same-sex marriage in the US media from March 18th, 2013 - a week before the US Supreme Court heard arguments about the issue, to May 12th.
A stand-alone law to deal with teenage girls and children in state care who request abortions is to be introduced by the Government. The Government has ruled out introducing any amendment to its current abortion legislation to acknowledge a distinction between women over the age of 18, who have the right to refuse or consent to medical treatment, and underage girls, for whom there are no clear laws governing issues of capacity and consent, The Irish Independent reports.
A record number of children in the UK, over three million, are being raised by lone parents, and an estimated one million of these have no meaningful contact with their father, according to a new report by a leading think tank. The report, Fractured Families: Why Stability Matters, published by the Centre for Social Justice, also found that there are an additional 130,000 lone parent families since 2006.
Legislation which would oblige the US military to accomodate "actions and speech" reflecting the "conscience, moral principles, or religious beliefs of members of the armed services is being “strongly opposed” by the Obama Administration. Section 530 of the National Defence Authorisation Act ia an amendment introduced by Republican Representative John Fleming from Louisiana.
A mayor from the town of Arcangues in the South West of France is facing up to five years in prison and fine of up to £63,000 for declining to carry out a same-sex marriage. Jean-Michel Colo, who has been mayor for 31 years, rejected a wedding application from two men and says he stands by his decision.
Fine Gael TDs are set to demand a free vote on abortion legislation from Enda Kenny to prevent a serious split in the party. Three of Mr Kenny's TDs will almost definitely vote against the Protection of Life Bill, the Irish Independent reports.
The Pro Life Campaign has welcomed the publication of the Health Service Executive (HSE) report into the death of Savita Halappanavar. The report, published yesterday found there was inadequate assessment and monitoring to pick up the deterioration in her condition, a failure to adhere to hospital guidelines for managing sepsis and a failure to offer her all management options as she experienced inevitable miscarriage.
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