Our friends at Students for Life Ireland have been running a this series of blog posts for awhile now. In each post a different young person explains why they oppose abortion. Several authors talked about the lives of siblings with life limiting conditions who died shortly after they were born. We are posting links to these stories here.
As a death penalty opponent, when I make arguments like this to supporters I’m trying to do two things: first I’m hoping that they’ll agree that that killing an innocent person is so terrible that even a small risk of it gives us reason to abolish capital punishment. I’m hoping to convince them that even if it was good to kill the worst criminals, it’s not worth killing the innocent to achieve it. But I’m also trying to do something a bit less straightforward. By inviting the person I’m talking to to think about the irreversibility, the terrible finality of death in the case of an innocent person, I’m hoping to make them less comfortable about imposing the death penalty even on the guilty.
This is an article two of our founding members wrote in September 2017 – a year and a half before the referendum on abortion in Ireland. (The article was published in the University Times, one of the two student-run newspapers at Trinity College Dublin.) Two years later, some of the questions it posed are as […]
“The Committee is concerned about perceptions in society stigmatizing persons with disabilities as living a life of less value and the termination of pregnancy at any stage on the basis of foetal impairment. The Committee recommends that the State party changes abortion law accordingly.”
On 28 June 2017, we made the same search they did on Wiley Online Library.As of that date, a search for ‘fatal fetal abnormality’ (using no quotation marks) yielded 10,009 results, which included 8,345 journals, 1,188 books and 411 reference works. But it’s by using a very simple search tool that we get the real picture of how often ‘fatal foetal abnormality’ is used on Wiley, and that tool is the quotation mark. As one website puts it, ‘When you use quotation marks around a phrase, you are telling the search engine to only bring back pages that include these search terms exactly how you typed them in order, proximity, etc’ . This isn’t a pro-life trick or a crafty legalistic loophole: it’s a well-known method of filtering out irrelevant results on the Internet.