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Commitment to cherish all our children equally still stands

It is now the end of another year and the campaign to introduce abortion in Ireland has taken many turns during the year.
There are many actions going on both here and in the Republic designed to brainwash our people with the notion that abortion is some sort of a human right. A check of human rights legislation will quickly determine that no such right exists. However, a check of the Irish Proclamation signed by the noble men of 1916 makes it clear that a critical commitment was to ‘cherish all our children equally’.
A child does not become a child when it is born, just have a look at pictures of babies in their mummy’s womb – if it looks like a child then there is every chance it is a child. This is a fact that cannot be denied by anyone involved in this debate.
I am at a loss to understand how anyone who calls themselves republican can countenance support for abortion. Equally bewildering to me has been the media presence of Mr O’Gorman of Amnesty International as some sort of expert view of human rights issues elsewhere in the world. As a group that is actively campaigning for abortion legislation in Ireland and ignoring the fact that babies in the womb are human beings, Mr O’Gorman’s views on real human rights issues carry very little weight with me. People should also be aware that Amnesty Ireland has received huge financial funding from George Soros specifically to influence the introduction of abortion in Ireland. This is entirely against electoral law in Ireland and guess what Amnesty are refusing to hand this money back. I wish to congratulate the dedicated people of Precious Life who stood outside the Marie Stopes Clinic (the one Sinn Féin voted to support) and who undoubtedly influenced its closure. It is clear that 2018 is going to be a critical year in the abortion debate in Ireland and I believe that the good republican people of Ireland will not follow the path the present republican leadership is taking them in the coming referendum.
Irish people who wish to remain loyal to the principles outlined in the Easter Proclamation need to ensure their values are being truly reflected by all our elected politicians.
Finally, I hope that 2018 shows a significant improvement in the media coverage of the abortion debate here in the Six Counties as well as in the Republic and that a greatly improved balanced discussion is permitted. 

EAMON DALLAT
Dungiven, Co Derry

 

Countries that repeal pro-life laws have declining birth rates

In the public debate and media discussion on the future of pro-life laws’ 8th amendment to 1937 Free State constitution and the Offences against the Person Act 1961, in Ireland one aspect has been dangerously overlooked. Not once has demography and population stability been brought up as a relevant topic. The flippant and dismissive attitude is that this is somehow not worthy of consideration. It is as if lessons haven’t been learned here. It wasn’t that long ago that demographic stability was at the forefront of people’s minds and people who dismissed the concept deservedly faced ridicule. Evidence shows that countries that repeal pro-life laws and legislate pro-abortion statutes have declining birth rates. After the Soviet Union repealed Stalin’s 1937 pro-life law in 1955 the birth rate declined to a point where the death rate overtook the birth rate with the breakup of the Soviet Union, according to Palgrave MacMillan’s International Historical Statistics. The United States Department of Health, Education and Welfare, the United States Census Bureau, the National Center for Health Statistics and Pew Research Center all found that the United States of America’s birth rate has never recovered its pre-Roe versus Wade levels. The British government’s national archives contain statistics that show a similar decline in the British birth rate since the 1967 Abortion Act. Given that Ireland’s population has never recovered from An Gorta Mór why on earth would people want to repeal pro-life laws and legislate for abortion when the evidence strongly suggests working-class people will suffer the impending disasters? Also, it must be stated that the idea that women are incapable of carrying and bearing children is ludicrous when anyone with an ounce of common sense knows women are amply strong enough to do so even in adverse environmental conditions. It happens throughout the world 131,400,000 times every year, with 63,897 of said births occurring on this beautiful island of ours. If an unwed teenager could do it in Palestine 2,000 years ago, without modern medicine or technology, then there’s no reason why the strong, young women of today cannot overcome adversity and difficulty when carrying children during crises.

EAMONN MacGRIANNA
Belfast BT11 

 

Magical thinking

The reason that so many projects in Northern Ireland post-1998 were funded by the European Union was due to the magical thinking of successive British and Irish governments who wanted to soften the financial blow of EU membership upon their own nation.

One positive thing about the new dispensation in America is that they are starting to realise that their nation has chased good money after bad in this country.
Financial reality is beginning to creep into the American psyche. For too long their nation’s wealth has been redistributed towards basket cases throughout the world.

A Northern Ireland outside the EU can benefit both sides, provided there is no more political expediency by our ministers; whether it’s Sinn Féin replacing red post boxes with green ones in Strabane or unionists renaming the Owen Roe O’Neill Road, between Draperstown and Plumbridge,the Glenelley Road. Also, there needs to be a reality check towards the policy of incessant roadworks in the name of saving lives whenever responsibility of road safety lies with the drivers.

May we all have a prosperous 2018.

DESMOND DEVLIN
Ardboe, Co Tyrone

 

Taoiseach is tilting at windmills

While Bill Tormey is to be admired (December 28) for his defence of Leo Varadkar’s fruitless forays into northern politics, his thoughts portray the same sterility of mind. The thrust of my letter (December 21) was to suggest that Mr Varadkar should first of all attend to the thousands of homeless children in his own domain before attempting to don Sinn Féin’s policies about the plight of nationalist people in the north.
As Mr Tormey suggested I pondered if Derry and its hinterland would be better off in an Irish state. I pondered for all of two minutes and realising I would have to wait more than two years to get a hospital operation and have children baptised in order to get them into any school I stopped pondering.

The suggestion that Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael should contest elections in the north and take their seats in Stormont and Westminster is surely based on sentiment and has all the elements of Don Quixote.
The next time Leo Varadkar ventures north I suggest he stops tilting at windmills and brings more than empty rhetoric, implying that come election time he would be a superior choice to Sinn Féin.

WILSON BURGESS
Derry city

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