Hilary White

A storm is gathering over Ireland’s green hills

Hilary White
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ROME, October 15, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The video here was sent along by email from contacts in Ireland fighting a massive propaganda campaign claiming that the country’s pro-life law is a threat to women’s health. Play it, and think about the battle that is happening right now in the land of saints and scholars. Ireland has been through a lot in the last few centuries, and the Irish have defied many long odds and survived, but the threat it is facing now is a foe that seems invincible. 

There’s a lot going on in Ireland, so much one might, if one were inclined to a conspiratorial mindset, be starting to wonder if all of this has been planned. Certainly our friends in Ireland are wondering it quite loudly. Ireland is one of the last 1st World nations that has held out against the abortionist mindset, against the incredible pressure of the international abortion lobby.

As such, the country has been a thorn in the side of a massive and immensely wealthy global coalition of organisations, seemingly impervious to any opposition and motivated by a totalitarian ideology that will not rest until it has the whole world in its grip. So far, the Irish, both north and south, have refused to bow and accept the killing of their children as the price of being considered part of the “modern” world.

But the resistance is flagging; particularly the Church has failed to hold the line, and the work of standing up to the abortionist bullies is left to a fierce and indomitable but tiny cadre of determined lay people. And no matter how determined, the pro-life people of Ireland do not themselves have the political power to wield, but can only try to persuade the politicians not to allow the country to go down the road taken by so many others.

I have watched developments in Ireland, the homeland of my ancestors, for several years now and, though I hate to say it, I have to agree with Liam Gibson from SPUC, who told me the other day that the situation seems very grim. The abortion juggernaut just keeps on coming, with seemingly unlimited funds, the support of nearly every international body from the UN to the World Health Organisation, the medical associations, the European Union…seemingly all the world’s wealthy and powerful. It is becoming difficult to imagine that anything could ever stop it, or any people hold out against it forever.

The first breach of Ireland’s pro-life defences came with the “X case,” in which abortion activists used a young pregnant girl, and manipulated a court decision in 1992 that said abortion could be allowed in cases where the “mother’s life was in danger” – even if that danger came from an hysterical threat of suicide from a 14-year-old girl. It took another 20 years, but abortion activists finally pushed forward to the next step, and, in 2010, the European Court of Human Rights ordered the Irish to rethink their law. If abortion can be allowed in some cases, the court said, it must be made clear exactly what those circumstances are. This was the opportunity the abortion-pushers in the national legislature had waited for so long. 

Now, the public is being inundated by messages from abortion groups like the Family Planning Association (affiliated, as so many of them are, with International Planned Parenthood) saying that the nasty old pro-life laws are a threat to women’s lives, that the Constitutional amendment of 1983 acknowledging the unborn as real people to be protected under the law, is standing in the way of women’s’ health care. And it’s a lie.

No doctor not motivated by the abortionist ideology would claim that an abortion accomplishes anything beneficial or healthful for a mother. But ignorance, the failure of the Church to step up over the last 40-odd years and unflinchingly tell the truth, and the ordinary, natural willingness of people to believe uncritically what they are told by anyone who looks like an authority, has eroded the public’s confidence in the law. A symposium of medical experts issued a statement a few weeks ago saying that abortion cures nothing, treats nothing and helps no one. It seems unlikely, however, that the message was heard beyond a tiny range.

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From the ECHR decision, the government set up an “expert group” who would “study” the law and give recommendations. This group, stacked with members of the abortion lobby, has deliberated behind closed doors and no submissions from anyone but their own “experts” was allowed. The country is waiting breathlessly for the report from this group to see which direction it will be taken.

We are now within only weeks, or perhaps days, of this report being made public, and suddenly, the shocking news came that Marie Stopes, one of the largest abortion organisations in the world (£145 million/year +) had brazenly defied the law of the province of Northern Ireland, and said it will open an abortion facility in Belfast on October 18th – three days from now.

The incredible arrogance of the act has so shocked Northern Ireland’s politicians that they have yet to respond. Pro-life people have told me that their political leaders, who have held out against the rest of the UK’s abortion-mania, simply do not know what to do. With an act of such breathtaking defiance and the giddy backing of the mainstream media, it is hard to imagine that it will be possible to prevent Marie Stopes from beginning the killing of unborn Irish.

Some of my ancestors came from a Northern Irish town called Ballymena, and others from the great ancient city of Limerick in the south. I have never lived in Ireland and did not even visit until two years ago, but I have been told all my life that I look Irish, and that I have many typical Irish character traits. When I went to visit, I looked around and was astonished to be in rooms full of people all of whom looked faintly familiar.

We’re a fighty race, and have never taken kindly to the many times in our history when we were oppressed and ruled by an alien power. And the abortionist ideology is probably the most alien of all, for a country so devoted to the family and the Faith. As a Catholic and a member of the world’s Irish diaspora, I know a little of the ancestral history: of the priests who gave catechism lessons to children behind hedges and said Mass on a stone in the middle of a field, with a man set as a lookout for the soldiers. Some of those priests were hanged. I know a little about how much the Irish are willing to do to fight evil when it comes to visit their land. I know they won’t ever stop fighing the evil that threatens it now.


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‘Sick and twisted’: Down’s advocates, pro-life leaders slam Richard Dawkins’ abortion remarks

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Advocates on behalf of individuals with Down syndrome, as well as pro-life leaders, are slamming famed atheist Richard Dawkin’s statements made on Twitter earlier today that parents have a moral responsibility to abort babies diagnosed in utero with Down’s.

During a shocking Twitter rant, Dawkins responded to questioners saying that it was "civilised" to abort Down Syndrome babies, and that it would be "immoral" to choose not to abort babies diagnosed with the condition.

He said that his goal is to "reduce suffering wherever you can," indicating that unborn children cannot suffer, and that unborn children don't "have human feelings."

In addition to being scientifically challenged - unborn children can feel both pain and emotions - Dawkins' comments drew criticism for his callousness towards children with disabilities.  

"A true civilization – a civilization of love – does not engage in such cold and ultimately suicidal calculus"

“It's sick and twisted for anyone to advocate for the killing of children with disabilities,” Live Action President Lila Rose told LifeSiteNews. “Dawkins's ignorant comments serve only to further stigmatize people with Down syndrome.

“While many people with Down syndrome, their families, and advocacy groups are fighting discrimination on a daily basis, Dawkins calls for their murder before they are even born,” she said. “Those with Down syndrome are human beings, with innate human dignity, and they, along with the whole human family, deserve our respect and protection.”

Carol Boys, chief executive of the Down's Syndrome Association, told MailOnline that, contrary to Dawkins’ assertion, “People with Down’s syndrome can and do live full and rewarding lives, they also make a valuable contribution to our society.”

A spokesperson for the UK disabilities charity Scope lamented that during the “difficult and confusing time” when parents find out they are expecting a child with disabilities, they often experience “negative attitudes.”

“What parents really need at this time is sensitive and thorough advice and information,” the spokesperson said.

Charlotte Lozier Institute president Chuck Donovan agreed with Rose’s assessment. "Advocates of abortion for those 'weaker' than others, or of less physical or intellectual dexterity, should remember that each of us is 'lesser' in some or most respects," he said.

According to Donovan, "we deliver a death sentence on all of humanity by such cruel logic."

"A true civilization – a civilization of love – does not engage in such cold and ultimately suicidal calculus" he said.

One family who has a child with Down syndrome said Dawkins was far from the mark when he suggested that aborting babies with Down syndrome is a good way to eliminate suffering.

Jan Lucas, whose son Kevin has Down syndrome, said that far from suffering, Kevin has brought enormous joy to the family, and "is so loving. He just has a million hugs."

She described how Kevin was asked to be an honorary deacon at the hurch they attend in New Jersey, “because he is so encouraging to everyone. At church, he asks people how their families are, says he'll pray for them, and follows up to let them know that he has been praying for them."

It's not just strangers for whom Kevin prays. "My husband and I were separated for a time, and Kevin kept asking people to pray for his dad," said Jan. "They didn't believe that Kevin's prayers would be answered. Kevin didn't lose hope, and asking people, and our marriage now is better than ever before. We attribute it to Kevin's prayers, and how he drew on the prayers of everyone."

"I don't know what we'd do without him," said Jan.

Speaking with LifeSiteNews, Kevin said that his favorite things to do are "spending time with my family, and keeping God in prayer." He said that he "always knows God," which helps him to "always keep praying for my friends."

"I love my church," said Kevin.

Although it is widely believed that people with Down syndrome are doomed to a life of suffering, in one large survey 99% of respondents with Down syndrome described themselves as "happy." At the same time, 99% percent of parents said they loved their child with Down syndrome, and 97 percent said they were proud of them.

Only 4 percent of parents who responded said they regretted having their child.

Despite this, it is estimated that in many Western countries the abortion rate of children diagnosed in utero with Down syndrome is 90%, or even higher. The development of new and more accurate tests for the condition has raised concerns among Down syndrome advocates that that number could rise even higher. 


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Pope Francis: steps must be taken to halt ‘unjust aggressor’ in Iraq

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Pope Francis and his emissary to Iraq’s persecuted non-Muslim minorities, Cardinal Fernando Filoni, have both called on the United Nations to act in concert to protect Iraqis Christian and Yazidi minorities from the radical Islamic forces of ISIS.

Asked about Iraq on his return flight from South Korea, Francis replied that “it is legitimate to halt the unjust aggressor.”

He added, however, that “halt” does not mean to “bomb” and lamented “how many times with the excuse of halting the unjust aggressor…have powerful nations taken possession of peoples and waged a war of conquest!”

He also cautioned that no single nation could determine the right measures. Any intervention must be multilateral and preferably by the United Nations, he said.

Meanwhile, Cardinal Foloni, who is visiting Iraq on behalf of Pope Francis, issued a joint statement this week with Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako and the Iraqi bishops that urged the international community to “liberate the villages and other places that have been occupied as soon as possible and with a permanent result.”

The statement also urged efforts to “assure that there is international protection for these villages and so to encourage these families to go back to their homes and to continue to live a normal life in security and peace.”

Archbishop Giorgio Lingua, the Vatican nuncio to Iraq, was also asked by Vatican Radio earlier this month about the U.S. airstrikes in Iraq.

“This is something that had to be done, otherwise [the Islamic State] could not be stopped,” the archbishop said. 

Although Pope Francis’ own remarks about an intervention in the war-torn country were carefully guarded, Catholic commentator Robert Spencer, author of such bestselling exposes of Islam as “The Truth About Muhammad: Founder of the World's Most Intolerant Religion,” told LifeSiteNews he believes the pope was clearly calling for an “armed intervention, though a very limited one.”  

“Only a fool would think there is another way to stop an ‘unjust aggressor,’” he said.

Spencer expressed concerns that both Francis and Pope John Paul II before him have both referred to Islam a “religion of peace,” which Spencer says is “completely false.” However, he suggested that Francis’ remarks calling for action in Iraq are a sign of a more realistic attitude towards Islam.   

On this, Spencer would likely have the support of Amel Nona, the Chaldean Catholic archbishop of Mosul, who issued a letter last week warning the West in stark terms about the encroaching threat of Islam.

“Our sufferings today are the prelude of those you, Europeans and Western Christians, will also suffer,” Nona warned. “Your liberal and democratic principles are worth nothing here.

“You must consider again our reality in the Middle East, because you are welcoming in your countries an ever growing number of Muslims. Also you are in danger. You must take strong and courageous decisions, even at the cost of contradicting your principles,” he said

“You think all men are equal, but that is not true: Islam does not say that all men are equal. Your values are not their values. If you do not understand this soon enough, you will become the victims of the enemy you have welcomed in your home.”


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Richard Dawkins: it’s ‘immoral’ NOT to abort babies with Down syndrome

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In a bizarre rant on Twitter earlier today, atheist Richard Dawkins wrote that choosing not to abort a child with Down Syndrome would be "immoral."

The conversation started when Dawkins tweeted that "Ireland is a civilised country except in this 1 area." The area was abortion, which until last year was illegal in all cases.

A Twitter user then asked Dawkins if "994 human beings with Down's Syndrome [having been] deliberately killed before birth in England and Wales in 2012" was "civilised."

Dawkins replied "yes, it is very civilised. These are fetuses, diagnosed before they have human feelings."

Later, Dawkins said that "the question is not ‘is it 'human'?’ but ‘can it SUFFER?’"

In perhaps the most shocking moment, one Twitter user wrote that he or she "honestly [doesn't] know what I would do if I were pregnant with a kid with Down Syndrome. Real ethical dilemma."

Dawkins advised the writer to "abort it and try again. It would be immoral to bring it into the world if you have the choice."

According to Dawkins, the issue of who should be born comes down to a calculation based upon possible suffering. "Yes. Suffering should be avoided. [The abortion] cause[s] no suffering. Reduce suffering wherever you can."

Later, however, he said that people on the autism spectrum "have a great deal to contribute, Maybe even an enhanced ability in some respects. [Down Syndrome] not enhanced."

When Dawkins received some blowback from Twitter followers, he replied: "Apparently I'm a horrid monster for recommending WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENS to the great majority of Down Syndrome fetuses. They are aborted."

It is estimated that in many Western countries the abortion rate of children diagnosed in utero with Down syndrome is 90%, or even higher. The development of new and more accurate tests for the condition has raised concerns among Down syndrome advocates that that number could rise even higher. 

Although it is widely believed that people with Down syndrome are doomed to a life of suffering, in one large survey 99% of respondents with Down syndrome said they were "happy." At the same time, 99% percent of parents said they loved their child with Down syndrome, and 97 percent said they were proud of them.

Only 4 percent of parents who responded said they regretted having their child. 

A number of Dawkins' statements in the Twitter thread about fetal development are at odds with scientific realities. For example, it is well-established that 20 weeks into a pregnancy, unborn children can feel pain. Likewise, unborn children have emotional reactions to external stimuli -- such as a mother's stress levels -- months before being born. 

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