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Bonkers writes:

Maria Oswalt from Alabama is running the @Ireland Twitter account this week. She has just arrived in Dublin for (she says) a 3 month holiday so she can see her boyfriend who studies in Trinity…

…But the thing is Maria’s father Tommy Oswalt (with Maria, above) says the reason why Maria is here for the next 3 months is to “work with the Life Institute on their campaign to save the 8th Amendment and keep Ireland abortion free”…

…And here is Maria on the campaign trail in Alabama…

So it would seem that the Life Institute are allowing volunteers from America work for their campaign. I’m pretty sure this is in breach of Irish immigration law which forbids work (either paid or unpaid) when you are here on a tourist visa.

Anyone?

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The Life Institute has produced a list of candidates [after consulting only Direct Democracy, Fianna Fáil, the Green Party and Independents] for the local elections who they claim support the following statement:

Do you support the repeal of the legislation which permits abortion on suicide grounds, and support making Ireland a place where unborn children are legally protected and mothers get all necessary life-saving treatment in pregnancy?

Some of the candidates who feature on the list include Paul Anthony Ward (Fianna Fáil), Seán Haughey (Fianna Fáil), and Danny Healy Rae (Independent).

Updated:

Of the 157 (now 163) candidates listed, 144 (now 148) are male and 13 (now 15) female.

This means approximately 92% (now 91%) are men.

Make of that what you will.

Download the list here (last updated 11:00 May 23).

The Life Institute’s guide to the European election is here.

Previously: Ballyhea Says No

Thanks Stephanie

 

 

But but…remember this?

Arroyo: “What was the reaction to the march last week? You didn’t tell us. Edna Kenny is now saying what..Enda. I keep saying Edna like Dame Edna. Edna Kenny says what?”

O’Domhnaill: “He has this, he has this serious worry because with a turnout like that all of a sudden it sends a shiver through the government, the main party in government em Fine Gael. And an awful lot of their TDs, which would be like their senators, congressmen whatever, they’re turning around and saying hang on you know..”

Arroyo: “Maybe we should shelve this baby..?”

O’Domhnaill: “This is something which should be kicked down the road a bit. There’s a serious risk in the marginal constituencies we could take a serious beating because the the the people who went to the rally and all the people out there beyond who are on LinkedIn, facebook and all that kind of stuff, they’re all signing a pledge. The pro-life pledge is they will not vote ever for anyone who votes for legislation to legalise abortion, right. So you’re talking about you know say in, if you look at the 30,000. That probably represents about 600,000 votes, right. That is an enormous, an enormous power surge em and if you take it away from one party, they’re finished you know. And they know it. So he’s hoping just to keep his party together.”

Earlier: Issues Of Life And Death

Previously: A Pro-Life Noraid

10/01/2013 Abortion hearings. Pictured Dr Sean O'D

Peter Boylan is being totally disingenuous when he says that a lot of people against the recent abortion Act did not know that the principle of dual effect is respected. Pro-life people are very well educated about these extremely important issues of life and death.

I wish the same could be said for the pro-Aborts. Fr. Doran was simply stating that the direct intentional killing of a child will not be carried out in the Mater. The Government can provide its own killing fields and its own abortionists.

It appears there are several willing candidates. The EGM of the College of Psychiatry of Ireland in September will have a lot of interesting things to say about the abuse of medical personnel to facilitate unnecessary abortions.

Dr. Boylan is of a Pro-Choice persuasion. He is not an unbiased observer and he was allover the media peddling abortion legislation until suddenly he stopped…and re-emerged as the “independent” expert in the Savita Halappanavar inquiry. Now that is over, he can get back into the game. And, surprise surprise, he is doing so!

Dr Seán Ó Domhnaill, above, of the LIFE Institute.

A response to Dr Peter Boylan (consultant obstetrician and former master of the National Maternity Hospital) on the comments by Father Kevin Doran that abortions could not be performed at the Mater Hospital in Dublin,

CONTEXT: “Would He Prefer For Both Of Them To Die?”

Previously: Dr Seanie, Abortion And The Big C

(Wanderley Massafelli / Photocall Ireland)

Niamh Uí Bhriain of the Life Institute said that media reports that pro-life activists had carried out a protest at Enda Kenny’s home were “entirely incorrect and had no basis in fact”, and that the Irish media had engaged in “sloppy and unprofessional journalism”.

Ms Ui Bhriain said that reporters had got the facts inexcusably wrong.

It is inexcusable that the media are printing misinformation of this sort, and it smacks of a rush to try to demonise pro-life activists,” she said.

“The media need to get their act together and politicians need to discuss the reality of this cruel and unacceptable abortion legislation and stop trying to deflect from the issue with unsubstantiated claims and false allegations,” added the Life Institute spokeswoman.

Media get it wrong: protestors at Enda’s house not there about abortion (The Life Institute)

False stories?

Baseless allegations?

But what was lost in the hysteria that arose was that the tragic death of Savita was actually nothing to do with abortion at all”

“It’s important that people know this and they know that the hospital records show that Savita never asked for a termination.”

“And in Ireland, the people decided thirty years ago that we can offer better answers to women than abortion and that we can protect our mothers and our babies and that’s made Ireland like a ‘safe haven’ for mothers and babies.”

Niamh Uí Bhriain on Fox News following the death of Savita Halappanavar.

Meanwhile….

Threat to burn minister’s home over abortion bill (Michael Brennan, Irish Independent)

Gardaí probe threats to TD from anti-abortion pair (Louise Walsh / Juno McEnroe, Irish Examiner)

Previously: Uí Heart Huckabee

Why This Ad Is Misleading

Going Postal

Precious Tiny Feet

10/01/2013 Abortion hearings. Pictured Dr Sean O'D

If the shame and guilt of an abortion doesn’t get you then cancer will or so Dr Seán Ó Domhnaill would want you to believe:

The importance of the fact that US National Cancer Institute researcher Dr Louise Brinton, the chief organiser of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) workshop in 2003 that persuaded women that “abortion is not associated with increased breast cancer risk” (April 2009) has reversed her position and now admits that abortion and oral contraceptives raise breast cancer risks, cannot be over-emphasised.

Dr Brinton’s admission that abortion raises breast cancer risk by 40% is no surprise to those on the anti-abortion side who have repeatedly stated that abortion is bad medicine; that surgical or medical intervention is inappropriate for psycho-social stress that could be better relieved by more compassionate, albeit time-consuming, intervention.

 

We should be willing to give that time, rather than jump to the supposed “quick fix” that leaves one dead and one wounded, the latter physically, psychologically and quite often spiritually. The importance of the spiritual element cannot be ignored in a society such as ours, where women often suffer tremendous spiritual angst as a result of their abortions.

 

The “anniversary reaction”, where women have attempted to take their lives on the anniversary of their abortions, or the anniversaries of the baby’s expected date of delivery, is well-recognised. I have been working in the area of post-abortion counselling since 1998, when I returned from the Channel Islands where I first encountered post-abortion psychological sequelae.

 

The National Cancer Institute concluded that having an abortion or miscarriage does not increase a woman’s subsequent risk of developing breast cancer. A summary of their findings can be found in the Summary Report: Early Reproductive Events and Breast Cancer Workshop. The evidence overall still does not support early termination of pregnancy as a cause of breast cancer.

Is breast cancer linked to abortion? (Dr Sean O’Domhnaill, Life Institute)


Abortion, Miscarriage, and Breast Cancer Risk (National Cancer Institute)

Do Abortions Cause Breast Cancer? (Slate)

(Wanderley Massafelli / Photocall Ireland)

29/1/2008. Health Services Meetings

Professor John Crown, consultant oncologist and Seanad member has proposed that all members of the Oireachtas swear an oath of allegiance to the Constitution. His initiative may have been prompted by the proposed abortion legislation. A piece which he wrote in last weekend’s Sunday Independent (now on his blog) has irked some of his opponents.

He writes:

Not for the first time, an attempt is being made to overthrow and discard our constitutional system of republican government. A cabal of insurrectionists, sympathetic to the agents of a foreign state are, as you read this, plotting and executing a coup d’etat. This is not your standard tanks-on-the-Leinster House lawn-type of coup, but a coup it is nonetheless. It is, in fact, a thoroughly Irish coup.

What this new composite “Tae Party” fringe is proposing is that the Government, in legislating for abortion in the strictly limited case where there is a threat to the life (as distinct to the health) of the mother, should completely ignore both the Supreme Court and the wishes of the ultimate sovereign in a democratic republic – the voice of the people, who not once but twice voted NO! in popular referenda to exclude suicide as a valid threat to life.

The conspiracy goes to the very top of our political structure, with TDs, senators and at least one minister indicating that they might thumb their noses at our Bunreacht and vote against constitutionally mandated legislation. Incredibly, they are being egged on by a former Taoiseach.

The foreign power is, of course, the Vatican, a sovereign state that orchestrated numerous plots to obstruct constitutionally mandated justice for child victims of abuse in multiple countries around the world. The agents of this oligarchic dictatorship are interfering in our democracy as surely as, but thankfully much less effectively than did the Italians and Germans in aiding the overthrow of the Spanish Republic in the 1930s. Thinking people will be particularly offended by the interference of Cardinal Brady, who once swore two small children to secrecy under oath about their testimony to a liturgical inquiry into the abuse they had suffered.

Article 34.4.6 of the Constitution states that “the decision of the Supreme Court shall in all cases be final and definitive”.

I recently proposed in the Seanad that our elected parliamentarians should be asked to swear an oath of allegiance to our republic and to its constitution. This was partly motivated by my irritation that certain TDs and senators who were elected and are paid by, and who represent the citizens of our republic, refuse to acknowledge the very existence of the Republic, preferring to reserve that sacred designation for an imaginary political entity that is about as likely to come into reality as Narnia, Oz or Klingon.

The question has to be asked: “Why shouldn’t our teachtai and senators swear loyalty to our republic and to its constitution?” Those who won’t swear it on the basis of selective conscientious objection should not be allowed to serve in our Oireachtas, any more than a Justice of the Supreme Court or a general in the real Oglaigh na hEireann who refused to be sworn in would be allowed to serve.

It is time to call their bluff, and to tell them that their primary loyalty as parliamentarians is to uphold the Constitution.

 

 

A thoroughly Irish coup (Professor John Crown)

Previously: A Pro-Life Noraid

The Crazy Train Stops For Nobody

(Photocall Ireland)

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Pro-life medic Dr Sean O’Domhnaill on US Christian telly station EWTN to drum up dollars and support (but mainly dollars) from devout Americans.

(Scroll to 39:00)

Sean O’Domhnaill: “We’ve a very strong connection with the pro-life movement in America it’s been really strongly developed really back kind of ’90 round about ’92. And em in 1992 we had our first if you like Roe vs Wade moment you know, a Supreme Court ruling. A 14 year old girl who you know she had become pregnant with rape because we had a constitutional ban on abortion, the Supreme Court interpreted the ban as allowing for abortion in cases where the woman was suicidal. So that was kind of left there. It’s been hanging. There was a big, big push and there was an American element to that as well because.”

Raymond Arroyo: “I gotta ask you a big push by whom?”

O’Domhnaill: “Oh yeah. The big money coming in on the pro-abortion side is coming in from Planned Parenthood. It’s coming in from Atlantic Philanthropies, you know Chuck Feeney’s Atlantic Philanthropies. So you know that’s big money coming in em from abroad for nearly 30 years you know. So we had that and then of course this recent thing where we had a very unfortunate case of an Indian lady who was 17 weeks pregnant and she miscarried and before…I mean.. the inquiry is underway at the moment and before the inquiry is even heard. The word was leaked and we know from the transcripts of you know Google Chat and stuff like this. The pro-aborts you know, 5 days before it hit the headlines em they were actually saying “How are we going to best use this situation?” you know. So they were exploiting this particular situation and our national media is 100% pro-abortion you know. So we had this storm, absolute storm there was probably, personally I’ve found it like the toughest in my pro-life work you know.”

Arroyo: “Tell me about this new piece of legislation being proposed. What would it do, briefly?”

O’Domhnaill: “Well basically it would allow for abortion where there was a threat to the life of the mother em..including the threat of suicide. So we had..”

Jeanne Monahan: “Which can be broadly defined…”

O’Domhnaill: “Oh absolutely, it’s the floodgates scenario. So we had the equivalent of a congressional hearing the week before last, those of us who, I’m a psychiatrist. Six psychiatrists testified before the committee and all 6 including the people on the pro-abortion/ pro-choice side, they all said you know abortion is not a treatment for mental illness. That abortion is definitely not a treatment for suicidality because it increases the risk of suicide.”

Monahan: “It’s a trauma. It further impacts the trauma.”

O’Domhnaill: “Exactly. Yeah. So there’s this crazy scenario where we’re going to legislate based on this Supreme Court decision, now let’s bring the experts and ask them how do we do this? And all the experts say actually, you don’t do this, you know. So the em obviously, to stop this we went to the people. And it’s always been the case that’s what we do. When government starts doing what the people don’t want we bring the people to the streets and em last Saturday we’ve fantastic Youth Defence, the em, which is really the engine of the pro-life movement back home, em brought those people out onto the street.”

[Later]

Arroyo: “Tell me are you, how aware are the Irish of the pro-life movement here in the United States and the gains that they have seen?”

O’Domhnaill: “We’ve been working actually hand-in-hand with the pro-life movement in America for you know, the last 20 years. I mean it is no exaggeration to say I have more friends in America than I have back home and I hope I’m not too much of a reject you know. It’s a case of em..an awful lot of Americans like for example, our organisation has em full-time voluntary workers and invariably one or two of them in the, our central office are American, you know. So they come over for a year and stay for 4 or 5 years we can’t get rid of them and em then they marry someone em but no it’s em…there’s this constant exchange and you know we’re at the stage now where you know that youth organisation that we founded 20 years ago, 21 years ago. And now say my eldest son is now working in that organisation, in the office. We’ve actually brought a pro-life movement across a generation which hasn’t happened before. So we’ve twenty years of pro-life work experience before our Roe v Wade and that’s why we know it has to be stopped. It’s rowing back on a Roe v Wade thing. It can take 40,50, 60 years. Stopping it in the first place, that’s what it’s about. So Youth Defence and the Life Institute are out there saying this has to be stopped.”

[Later]

Arroyo: “I wanna wrap with a question which I asked our last panel. The greatest hope you see and the greatest challenge ahead for this movement and for your cause, first in Ireland and then in the United States?”

O’Domhnaill: “Obviously, the biggest challenge we face is to hold the line, you know.”

Arroyo: “What was the reaction to the march last week? You didn’t tell us. Edna Kenny is now saying what..Enda. I keep saying Edna like Dame Edna. Edna Kenny says what?”

O’Domhnaill: “He has this, he has this serious worry because with a turnout like that all of a sudden it sends a shiver through the government, the main party in government em Fine Gael. And an awful lot of their TDs, which would be like their senators, congressmen whatever, they’re turning around and saying hang on you know..”

Arroyo: “Maybe we should shelve this baby..?”

O’Domhnaill: “This is something which should be kicked down the road a bit. There’s a serious risk in the marginal constituencies we could take a serious beating because the the the people who went to the rally and all the people out there beyond who are on LinkedIn, facebook and all that kind of stuff, they’re all signing a pledge. The pro-life pledge is they will not vote ever for anyone who votes for legislation to legalise abortion, right. So you’re talking about you know say in, if you look at the 30,000. That probably represents about 600,000 votes, right. That is an enormous, an enormous power surge em and if you take it away from one party, they’re finished you know. And they know it. So he’s hoping just to keep his party together.”

Previously: The Crazy Train Stops For Nobody

Hat tip: droid