Harris calls for condemnation of ‘disgusting’ graphic abortion posters

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Harris calls for condemnation of ‘disgusting’ graphic abortion posters
Posters depicting Minister’s face alongside aborted foetus erected near his Wicklow home

May 9, 2018
Simon Carswell

Minister for Health Simon Harris said he regrets the fact all sides in the abortion referendum campaign have not condemned graphic posters showing his face alongside what appears to be an aborted foetus.

During an appearance at the Oireachtas health committee, Mr Harris condemned the posters featuring his face on what looks like a Fine Gael election poster that were put up in his Wicklow constituency and near his family home as “a very low blow and kind of disgusting.”

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/harris-calls-for-condemnation-of-disgusting-graphic-abortion-posters-1.3489098

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Ireland – Simon Harris criticises ‘obscene’ abortion posters using his photograph

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Simon Harris criticises ‘obscene’ abortion posters using his photograph
Posters contain picture of Minister for Health, Fine Gael logo and graphic imagery

May 8, 2018
Sarah Bardon Political Reporter, Elaine Edwards

Minister for Health Simon Harris has described the graphic abortion-related imagery posted in his Wicklow constituency as “obscene, horrific and unethical”.

The poster campaign features a picture of Mr Harris on what looks like a Fine Gael election poster. Behind the Minister, there is an image of what appears to be an aborted foetus.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/simon-harris-criticises-obscene-abortion-posters-using-his-photograph-1.3487839

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Humanae Vitae: The Story Behind the Ban on Contraception

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Humanae Vitae: The Story Behind the Ban on Contraception
2018 Issue 1, By Conscience
Posted Apr 29, 2018

Fifty Years Ago, Pope Paul VI Slammed The Door On Catholics’ use of modern contraceptives with the encyclical Humanae Vitae and its fateful words: “The Church…in urging men to the observance of the precepts of the natural law, which it interprets by its constant doctrine, teaches that each and every marital act must of necessity retain its intrinsic relationship to the procreation of human life.” 1

Humanae Vitae marked a turning point for the Catholic church, as Pope Paul rejected the theologically sound findings of his own Papal Birth Control Commission in favor of a turn to rigid orthodoxy. Having missed the chance to craft a modern, compassionate sexual ethic based on the individual consciences of Catholics, the church found itself largely ignored on matters of sex by its own faithful, which left it grasping for other ways to enforce its teachings. It was also a historic moment for the rest of the world, as Humanae Vitae would come to dominate the hierarchy’s stance on public health challenges like the spread of HIV/ AIDS and access to birth control in the developing world.

Continued: http://consciencemag.org/2018/04/29/humanae-vitae/

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Senegal’s harsh abortion law imprisons women and girls

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Senegal’s harsh abortion law imprisons women and girls

By News Ghana
Apr 26, 2018

Senegal’s criminal code completely prohibits abortion, while the Code of Medical Ethics allows an abortion if three doctors agree that the procedure is necessary to save the woman’s life. This is so stringent that the possibility of a legal abortion is very rare.[1] Ultimately, almost no one succeeds, forcing women to turn to unsafe options – carrying risks of complications, imprisonment, and social stigma.

Fatou Kiné Camara, President of the Association des Juristes Sénégalaises (Association of Women Jurists/AJS), who work to promote and extend the legal rights of Senegalese women,[2] stresses: “Poor people in Senegal are lucky if they see one doctor in their lifetime, let alone three.”[3]

Continued: https://www.newsghana.com.gh/senegals-harsh-abortion-law-imprisons-women-and-girls/

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The Pro Life Campaign’s definition of love is cruel

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The Pro Life Campaign’s definition of love is cruel
Diarmaid Ferriter: It is a strange kind of love that denies a teenage rape victim an abortion

Sat, Apr 21, 2018
Diarmaid Ferriter

Speaking at the unveiling of the Pro Life Campaign’s “Love Both” campaign during the week, spokeswoman Caroline Simons said: “Voters who support abortion in limited circumstances need to know that what they hope for with repeal and what they get are two entirely different things.”

What astounding arrogance. Simons has decided that those who will vote for the removal of the amendment have no independence of mind and are naive, delusional dupes who will vote next month unaware of the reality of what they are doing and devoid of a capacity for love. She has also decided what they hope for.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/the-pro-life-campaign-s-definition-of-love-is-cruel-1.3468389

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Ireland – TD received ‘disgusting’ anti-abortion material in Government envelope

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TD received ‘disgusting’ anti-abortion material in Government envelope
Timmy Dooley has ‘no issue’ being sent such material but says it is difficult for female staff

April 16, 2018
Ronan McGreevy

Fianna Fáil TD Timmy Dooley, who favours repealing the Eighth Amendment, has described as “disgusting” graphic anti-abortion material which was sent to him in an envelope franked with a Government harp.

Mr Dooley received a leaflet in an envelope last week depicting graphic scenes of foetuses. Along with the Government harp, it was also marked freepost and was delivered to him in the Oireachtas without a stamp.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/td-received-disgusting-anti-abortion-material-in-government-envelope-1.3463828

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The Only Honest Right Wing Pundit Is a Violent One

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The Only Honest Right Wing Pundit Is a Violent One

Nona Willis Aronowitz
April 9, 2018

Personally, I am glad that female staffers who have had abortions at the Atlantic will not have to sit next to a man who wants them dead. But philosophically, the recent firing of Kevin D. Williamson says more about liberals’ inability to face the truth about their own country than one man’s lack of empathy for women.

Amid uproar over the announcement that Williamson had been hired as the Atlantic’s new staff writer, editor-in-chief Jeffrey Goldberg wrote in a memo that his publication should be a “big tent for ideas and argument” and “ideologically diverse...We have to host people who actually disagree with, and sometimes offend, the other side.” But then Goldberg was faced with that pesky 2014 podcast, dug up by Media Matters, that made it hard to dismiss his new employee’s ideology as just an “objectionable tweet.” Like those tweets, Williamson’s podcast argument took anti-abortion talking points out of theoretical debate-land and instead to their tangible, logical conclusion.

Continued: https://splinternews.com/the-only-honest-right-wing-pundit-is-a-violent-one-1825112538

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Australia – George Christensen attacks own government over abortion services funding

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George Christensen attacks own government over abortion services funding
Liberal National party MP says he will ask Scott Morrison to divert funding away from planned parenthood agency

Australian Associated Press
Sun 18 Mar 2018

The outspoken Liberal National party MP George Christensen has hit out at his own government for its funding of abortion services in Australia and around the world.

The federal member for Dawson was joined by the incoming Queensland senator Amanda Stoker on Sunday as they addressed hundreds of pro-lifers at a rally outside state parliament in Brisbane.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/mar/18/george-christensen-attacks-own-government-over-abortion-services-funding

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Malta – Women’s Rights Movement Reports Death Threats To Police After Landmark Abortion Proposal

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Women’s Rights Movement Reports Death Threats To Police After Landmark Abortion Proposal
Maltese man warned women's rights activists that 'I have a bullet ready for those killers'
Tim Diacono
March 11, 2018

The Women’s Rights Foundation has reported a man to the police after he posted a series of death threats on Facebook in the wake of the Foundation’s call for Malta to provide safe and legal abortion.

The man in question had commented under a Times of Malta article that “I have a bullet ready for those killers”. He also got into an argument with a women’s rights activist on MaltaToday’s Facebook page, posting threatening comments such as “people that play with fire get burnt!! And I am ready to burn” and “I THREATEN CHILD KILLERS AND ITS NOT A THREAT ITS A PROMISE”.

Continued: https://lovinmalta.com/news/womens-rights-movement-reports-death-threats-to-police-after-landmark-abortion-proposal

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Ireland – FitzGerald ‘railroaded’ into 1983 abortion referendum, Barry Desmond claims

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FitzGerald ‘railroaded’ into 1983 abortion referendum, Barry Desmond claims
Gemma Hussey recalls threatening letters warning ‘we know where you live’

Feb 19, 2018
Michael O'Regan

The late Fine Gael taoiseach Dr Garret FitzGerald was “ politically railroaded’’ by Fianna Fáil’s Charles Haughey into agreeing to the controversial 1983 abortion referendum, former Labour minister Barry Desmond has claimed.

Mr Desmond, who was minister for health in the then Fine Gael-Labour coalition, refused to handle the referendum Bill in the Dáil because of his strong opposition to the wording, and responsibility for it was instead allocated by Dr FitzGerald to Michael Noonan, who was minister for justice.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/fitzgerald-railroaded-into-1983-abortion-referendum-barry-desmond-claims-1.3396713

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