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A plastic figure depicting a human foetus on display inside a bowl at a Catholic church in Rio de Janeiro. Brazil's Catholic Church has stepped up its anti-abortion campaign but those who oppose abortion in Ireland are now facing the prospect of it being "foisted upon us" by the European Commission

A plastic figure depicting a human foetus on display inside a bowl at a Catholic church in Rio de Janeiro. Brazil's Catholic Church has stepped up its anti-abortion campaign but those who oppose abortion in Ireland are now facing the prospect of it being "foisted upon us" by the European Commission

A plastic figure depicting a human foetus on display inside a bowl at a Catholic church in Rio de Janeiro. Brazil's Catholic Church has stepped up its anti-abortion campaign but those who oppose abortion in Ireland are now facing the prospect of it being "foisted upon us" by the European Commission

There are times when the only proper response is a deep sigh. One such moment occurred this week when news broke that a body of the Council of Europe has told Ireland to decriminalise abortion.

It wasn't simply this on its own that caused the resigned shrug of the shoulders and sigh. It was the incredibly outdated, uninformed language used by the body in question. Backstreet abortions? Please. But there was also the fact that this is only the latest example of one or another international organisation pushing Ireland around, telling us to get with (their) programme, ordering us to move our social agenda in a decidedly left-wing direction regardless of the wishes of ordinary, Irish people.


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