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Irelandís Abortion Debate Heats Up
TIME ^ | 11/12/12 | Sorcha Pollak

Posted on 11/13/2012 6:49:14 AM PST by marshmallow

The first clinic offering abortions on the island of Ireland opened its doors in the Northern Irish city of Belfast on Oct. 18, but the 400 pro-life protesters gathered outside were determined that no abortion procedures would happen there that day. Buses full of antiabortion demonstrators stood on the sidewalks carrying banners and placards outside the clinic, which is operated by Marie Stopes International, a U.K.-based organization that works worldwide providing reproductive- and sexual-health care services. “We knew we couldn’t sit back and live in a country where unborn babies were being violently destroyed every day,” says Bernadette Smyth, founder of Precious Life, a Northern Irish pro-life group, speaking after her organization’s participation in the protests. “The question of abortions is not a health issue, it’s a criminal one. Marie Stopes will be carrying out abortions illegally.”

Smyth’s claim is denied by the clinic. “Marie Stopes is operating completely in line with the current legal framework in Northern Ireland,” says a spokeswoman who requested that her name be withheld amid concerns for staff safety. “There’s a real need for a good sexual-health clinic in Northern Ireland. The clinic was able to open as planned, and we were pleased to receive thousands of messages of positive support from women and men telling us to stand tall against the protesters.” The spokeswoman declined to say whether any women have undergone abortions at the clinic.

An increasingly heated abortion debate, both in Northern Ireland and in the Republic of Ireland, is symptomatic of the island’s extraordinarily rapid transformation in recent decades. In the north, years of political strife and instability had slowed progress in areas of health and women’s rights; now peace, of a kind, is enabling social progress — with all the benefits and new tensions that brings. In the south,........

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1 posted on 11/13/2012 6:49:19 AM PST by marshmallow
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To: marshmallow

“Marie Stopes” huh? Well, do some research on the donors of that “charity.” I’ll bet you’ll find Melinda Gates, George Soros and dear ole Warren Buffett.


2 posted on 11/13/2012 6:52:50 AM PST by Mamzelle
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To: marshmallow

Tuesday, November 13, 2012
8th-Grade Health Class Squirms Throughout Entire Screening Of ‘Miracle Of Abortion’
CANTON, MI - Every year, there’s a lot of uneasiness when I show this video… I recognize it’s uncomfortable for kids their age to watch, but as they start to become aware of their own sexuality, it’s important they see what actually happens to the female body during abortion.

They’re going to have to learn about it some time…. And while they may find abortion unpleasant now, I always assure them that when they become sexually active adults and start thinking more about their own lives and children, they’ll realize what a true miracle it is....

http://illinoisreview.typepad.com/illinoisreview/


3 posted on 11/13/2012 6:53:19 AM PST by KeyLargo
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To: marshmallow

http://www.mariestopes.org.uk/


4 posted on 11/13/2012 6:54:39 AM PST by Mamzelle
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To: KeyLargo

That’s from an Onion article, it’s satire.


5 posted on 11/13/2012 7:28:21 AM PST by Boogieman
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