Category Archives: abortion

The financial interests threatening free speech in the UK

[Elizabeth Howard] “Be Here For Me”: this is the name of a new campaign set up to oppose so-called “buffer zones” outside abortion centres. Several local councils have recently resolved to bring in Public Space Protection Orders, or PSPOs, around abortion … Continue reading

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Are medical professions “free”?

[William Kent] On 26th January a new Bill was discussed in the House of Lords – the Conscientious Objection (Medical Activities) Bill. This Bill, which proposes to clarify the role of conscience in the medical profession, will continue its progression … Continue reading

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Cardinal Nichols & Archbishop Tartaglia joint statement to mark anniversary of Abortion Act

In a rare joint statement, the presidents of the Catholic Bishops’ conferences of both England and Wales and Scotland are marking the 50th Anniversary of the 1967 Abortion Act by noting the deep prevailing unease over its implementation while calling for … Continue reading

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MPs call for greater protection for anti-abortion doctors

[Austen Ivereigh] Doctors and nurses who refuse to take part in abortions are facing increasing hostility and often find their career prospects harmed, a UK parliamentary inquiry has found. In their report,  ‘Freedom of Conscience in Abortion Provision’, parliamentarians led by Fiona Bruce … Continue reading

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His critics are wrong: Francis is one of the great pro-life popes

[Christopher White] Perhaps the doubts about Pope Francis’s pro-life credentials began in September 2013, when he gave the now infamous interview with the Rome-based Jesuit journal La Civiltà Cattolica less than six months after being elected Pope. In a wide-ranging … Continue reading

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Abortion is not an issue of religious belief, but human rights

[Austen Ivereigh in Rome] Because she is well known and highly regarded in some English Catholic circles, a feminist theologian who recently organised a letter to the Polish bishops arguing against their attempts to make all abortion in Poland illegal has … Continue reading

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Why abortion is not the response to Zika that Colombia’s poor need

[Danelia Cardona in Bogotá] The ‘Zika’ virus, which has exploded recently in western news outlets, has barely been off the headlines here in Colombia over the past three months. Initially seen as yet another “vector-transmitted” disease common to this latitude … Continue reading

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Francis’s bold message to abortion survivors: come and be freed

[Austen Ivereigh] Pope Francis yesterday sent media and commentators into a tailspin after calling for all priests to be granted the faculty to absolve the sin of abortion during the Year of Mercy (see Crux). The bold gesture, which was … Continue reading

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Pope Francis address to European Parliament at Strasbourg

Mr President and Vice Presidents, Members of the European Parliament, All associated with the work of this Institution, Dear Friends, I thank you for inviting me to address this institution which is fundamental to the life of the European Union, … Continue reading

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What the Savita inquest finally shows

Ireland’s  inquest into the death last October of the 31-year-old Indian dentist Savita Halappanavar in Galway University Hospital has shown that she died not as a result of being denied an abortion but of an undiagnosed three-day-old sepsis. The inquest, … Continue reading

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