“The pro-life people of Ireland have suffered greatly in recent years, fighting against the culture of death, against misinformation and seemingly against the tide of public opinion,” says Abby Johnson, protagonist.
Former Taoiseach gives a wide-ranging interview discussing the fallout of the repeal of the Eighth Amendment, church–state relations, and conscience and the party whip.
“The Pro-Life Movement approaches the first anniversary of the referendum with both profound sadness and renewed determination.”
Arts and Culture Minister Josepha Madigan speaks to We Are Church Ireland forum on why the Catholic Church should open all ministries to women.
“Catholics and people who hold that all human life is sacred from the first moment of conception have no obligation whatsoever to obey this law.”
Politicians who supported the campaign to repeal the Eighth Amendment are “clearly out of communion” with the Church warns Bishop Kevin Doran.
Any sense that abortion is a progressive step for our country, for what we stand for as a nation, is misplaced, says Bishop Brendan Leahy in end of year reflection.
Pro Life Campaign laments “one of the saddest days” in Irish history as substantial majority of TDs back bill, which now goes to Committee stage to consider amendments such as Freedom of Conscience.
Two pro-choice complaints were not upheld by the Committee, and four pro-life complaints were rejected. Two complaints of anti-Catholic bias were rejected.
Senator accuses activists of working to “radicalise the abortion legislation and diminish even further any possible protection for unborn children”.
“In accordance with Article 46 of the Constitution, President Higgins today signed the Thirty-Sixth Amendment of the Constitution Bill 2018, and it has accordingly become law.”
Greater recognition must be given in Ireland's welfare system and tax codes to the cost of rearing children, former Taoiseach says.
Bishop Leo O'Reilly of Kilmore speaks to pilgrims in Knock about the outcome of the abortion referendum and pays tribute to “the army of people, young and old, who campaigned to retain the Eighth Amendment”.
“It is essential for us as a Church which cares passionately about the gift of life, and wants to support both mothers and their unborn children, to seek better ways of responding to this new and very challenging reality.”
“It is so shameful that this horrific death took place here in Ireland of a young vibrant young woman out walking and with a very bright future ahead of her. We ask for forgiveness from the Filipino people.”
"As Church we will continue to explore effective ways to support women and their unborn children, families in difficulty and women who have had an abortion” - Bishop Kevin Doran.
“In future it is possible that small minority parties of a coalition government could demand that abortion legislation be extended as part of a programme for government,” says Archbishop Diarmuid Martin.
According to Dr Mary Holohan the “medical needs of the mother do not require removal of the Eighth Amendment” but “there appears to be a campaign strategy to create a contrary impression."
Seven bishops issue pastoral letters on Eighth Amendment over bank holiday weekend in a bid to influence more people to vote No in the upcoming referendum.
Please pray that the people of our country will choose to speak out in defence of life, the life of every innocent child growing in their mother’s womb.
“No doctor doing their job properly would wait until there is an immediate and critical threat to a pregnant woman’s life before acting to protect the woman. The Eighth Amendment does not stop me from doing my job.”