Ireland’s first abortion clinic opens

On Oct 18 2012 Ireland’s first abortion clinic was opened to protests from Catholics and Protestants. It is operated by international abortion conglomorate Marie Stopes. About 200 people protested as the doors opened to the Belfast clinic waving placards reading “Keep Ireland abortion free”. It will offer the abortion pill to women who are less than 9 weeks pregnant if doctors determine the woman is at risk of death or long-term health damage from their pregnancy. Ireland maintains strong laws to prevent abortion compared to other countries such as the US or Australia. For story click here.

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POSTED 19 Oct 2012
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IVF Protest

The Vatican has voiced anger over a decision to award the Nobel Prize for Medicine to the pioneer of IVF, Prof Robert Edwards who produced the first test tube baby in 1978. “Without Edwards, there would be no market for human eggs; without Edwards there would not be freezers full of embryos waiting to be transferred to a uterus, or, more likely, used for research or left to die, abandoned and forgotten about by all,” a Vatican spokesman said. The procedure is opposed by the Catholic Church, which argues that the creation of life is a marriage act that should not be subject to the involvement of a third party. For story: http://www.christiantoday.com/article/vatican.official.objects.to.ivf.scientists.nobel.prize.win/26837.htm

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POSTED 17 Oct 2010
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Pill’s Sting

Catholic Archbishop of Sydney George Pell wrote in the Australian Sept 25, 2010 “Relationship market after 50 years of the pill” that far from bringing equality, contraception has redistributed power away from women.

For article: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/opinion/relationships-market-after-50-years-of-the-pill/story-e6frg6zo-1225929083359

Or: http://www.cathnews.com/article.aspx?aeid=23432

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POSTED 13 Oct 2010
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Contraception Protests

Roman Catholic bishops in the Philippines have said they would support protests against President Benigno Aquino if he pushed ahead with his plan to promote contraception.

For story: http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/breaking-news/filipino-bishops-to-support-protests-against-birth-control/story-e6frg12u-1225931204300

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POSTED 13 Oct 2010
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School Funding

Cathnews reports July 17, 2010 that Catholic educators have invited all MPs to visit their schools, in a bid to secure funding after the upcoming election. The Director of Catholic Education in the Archdiocese of Melbourne, Stephen Elder, is quoted as saying that he is worried his schools will be short-changed by Labor’s review of the existing funding model.

For story: http://www.cathnews.com/article.aspx?aeid=22436

Or: http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-national/catholic-schools-call-for-more-funding-20100717-10evd.html

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POSTED 26 Jul 2010
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