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Please see below links to the newsletter Choose Life 2018 which will be circulated by the Catholic Communications Office on a weekly basis. Choose Life 2018 promotes the Church’s position on unborn human life and encourages family discussion on this important subject.

If you have any queries please contact the Catholic Communications Office on 01 5053013.

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Should abortion be a choice?
When it comes to the right to choose, there is a tendency to forget that there is another person involved, an innocent person who has no choice and who depends entirely on others for protection. Abortion is the direct and intentional ending of the life of an unborn baby. It deceives women, and men, by creating a culture where the decision to end the life of an unborn child is portrayed as simply a matter of individual “choice”.

What if I’ve had an abortion?
There is no wrongdoing that God’s mercy cannot reach. The forgiveness of God cannot be denied to anyone who approaches the Sacrament of Confession with a sincere heart in order to obtain reconciliation with the Father. At the close of the Year of Mercy in 2016, Pope Francis granted to all priests the faculty to absolve those who have had an abortion.
(Choose Life 2018 -Issue 16 on http://www.dublindiocese.ie/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/ChooseLife2018_Issue16_Final.pdf)

Does life begin at conception?
Yes. But this is not just a question of belief – it’s a scientific fact. At the moment of conception a new, unique human being with his or her own DNA comes into existence. In recent years, amazing advances in ultrasound technology provide us with a window into the womb and reveal the truth that the unborn child is undeniably one of us – a human being and much more than ‘a clump of cells’. In the past, some people may have pleaded ignorance to the humanity of life in the womb but today we no longer have this excuse.

When does a baby’s heart start to beat?
The first few weeks are the most rapid time of development for a new human life. The baby’s beating heart has been recorded as early as 21 days after conception – this is sometimes before a mum even discovers that she is pregnant!
(Choose Life 2018 -Issue 15 on http://www.dublindiocese.ie/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Choose-Life-2018-Issue-15-Final.pdf)


What if my baby won’t survive?
Many parents who received this news and continued their pregnancy to term say the chance to hold and care for their child, even if just for a few moments, helped them to grieve and heal after their child passed away. They have memories that they cherish and are consoled knowing they did all they could to care for and love their sick baby. As a society, we should strive to increase and improve perinatal hospice care and support for these babies and their families.

As well as medical assistance what support is available?
One Day More and Every Life Counts are Irish charities which offer support to mothers and fathers of babies with life-limiting conditions. They enable families to make meaningful plans for their child’s life, birth, and death, in a dignified way that honours the baby as well as the baby’s family.
(Choose Life 2018 -Issue 14 on http://www.dublindiocese.ie/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/ChooseLife2018_Issue14_Final.pdf)

What will happen if the Eighth Amendment is repealed?
The Eighth Amendment protects the right to life of pregnant women and unborn babies equally. Without it, Ireland's abortion rate will rise dramatically. Statistics from the Department of Health UK reveal over 185,000 abortions were performed in 2016. When abortion was legalised in the UK in 1967, no one could have predicted that in just 50 years 1 in 5 British babies' lives would end in abortion every year. Similar rates are seen in Sweden (1 in 4), France & Spain (1 in 5), Italy & Portugal (1 in 6).
 
Why do abortions take place?
The UK statistics also show in 2016, 97% of abortions were performed in England and Wales for social reasons. Some 38% of the total number of abortions were performed on women who had at least one previous abortion. The rate of abortion was highest among women aged 22.
(Choose Life 2018 -Issue 13 on http://www.dublindiocese.ie/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/ChooseLife2018_Issue13_Final.pdf)

What is the Eighth Amendment?
The wording of the Eighth Amendment reads as follows: “The State acknowledges the right to life of the unborn and, with due regard to the equal right to life of the mother, guarantees in its laws to respect, and, as far as practicable, by its laws to defend and vindicate that right”. This is a declaration to respect, defend and vindicate the equal right to life of a mother and her unborn child. It enshrines in Irish law a deep conviction that every human life is precious, equal and worth cherishing.

What will happen if the Eighth Amendment is repealed? If the Eighth Amendment is repealed the right to life for unborn children in Ireland will be without any constitutional protection. This would radically change the law, for all unborn children and indeed for all of us, that the right to life is a fundamental human right.
(Choose Life 2018 -Issue 12 on
http://www.dublindiocese.ie/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/ChooseLife2018_Issue12_Final.pdf

Should abortion be a choice?
When it comes to the right to choose there is a tendency to forget that there is another person involved, a vulnerable person who has no choice and who depends entirely on others for protection. Abortion is the direct and intentional ending of the life of an unborn baby. It deceives women, and men, by creating a culture where the decision to end the life of an unborn child is portrayed as simply a matter of individual “choice”.

What if I’ve had an abortion?
There is no sin that God's mercy cannot reach. The forgiveness of God cannot be denied to anyone who approaches the Sacrament of Confession with a sincere heart in order to obtain reconciliation with the Father. At the close of the Year of Mercy in 2016, Pope Francis granted to all priests the faculty to absolve the sin of procuring or assisting in an abortion.
(Choose Life 2018 -Issue 11 on
http://www.dublindiocese.ie/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/ChooseLife2018_Issue11_Final.pdf)


What happens if a pregnant woman’s life is at risk?
If a seriously ill pregnant woman needs life-saving medical treatment which may, as a secondary effect, put the life of her baby at risk, such treatments are always ethically permissible provided every effort has been made to save the life of both mother and baby. Abortion is the direct and intentional ending of the life of an unborn baby. The Catholic Church upholds that necessary medical intervention to save the life of a pregnant woman, which results in the unintended death of her unborn baby, is never considered an abortion.

What if the baby dies?
If a baby dies as a result of life-saving medical treatment to save the life of a pregnant woman, it is extremely sad and a tragic outcome. If the intention of the doctor is not to directly and intentionally end the baby’s life, then this is not an abortion. (Choose Life 2018 -Issue 10 on
http://www.dublindiocese.ie/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/ChooseLife2018_Issue10_Final.pdf)

Is a view on abortion solely a question of religious belief? The right to life is not just a question of religious belief. As the first and fundamental human right, it affects people of all faiths, and none. You do not have to be from any particular faith tradition to agree that human life should be protected and that intentionally ending the life of another human is never justified. Supporting and sustaining a culture of life is in the interest of every citizen, Catholics and all people of goodwill because it defines us as a society.

What is the view of the Church? The Church teaches that life is sacred from conception to natural death and there is no such thing as a life without value. This belief is based on reason as well as faith. Our Church rejects the suggestion that any person can decide when it is time for another person to die. (Choose Life 2018 -Issue 9 on
http://www.dublindiocese.ie/wp-content/-uploads/2018/03/ChooseLife2018_Issue9_Final.pdf)

Does life begin at conception? Yes. But this is not just a question of belief – it’s a scientific fact. At the moment of conception a new, unique human being with his or her own DNA comes into existence. In recent years, amazing advances in ultrasound technology provide us with a window into the womb and reveal the truth that the unborn child is undeniably one of us – a human being and much more than _a clump of cells_. In the past, some people may have pleaded ignorance to the humanity of life in the womb but today we no longer have this excuse.
 
When does a baby’s heart start to beat? The first few weeks are the most rapid time of development for a new human life. The baby’s beating heart has been recorded as early as 21 days after conception – this is sometimes before a mum even discovers that she is pregnant! (Choose Life 2018 -Issue 8 on
http://www.dublindiocese.ie/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/ChooseLife2018_Issue8_Final.pdf)

What will happen if the Eighth Amendment is repealed? The Eighth Amendment protects the right to life of pregnant women and unborn babies equally. Without it, Ireland's abortion rate will rise dramatically. Statistics from the Department of Health UK reveal over 185,000 abortions were performed in 2016. When abortion was legalised in the UK in 1967, no one could have predicted that in just 50 years 1 in 5 British babies' lives would end in abortion every year. Similar rates are seen in Sweden (1 in 4), France and Spain (1 in 5), Italy and Portugal (1 in 6).

Why do abortions take place?
In 2016, 97% of abortions were performed in England and Wales for social reasons. Some 38% of the total number of abortions were performed on women who had at least one previous abortion. The rate of abortion was highest among women aged 22.
(Choose Life 2018 -Issue 7 on
http://www.dublindiocese.ie/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/ChooseLife2018_Issue7_Final.pdf

What if my baby won't survive?
Many parents who received this news and continued their pregnancy to term say the chance to hold and care for their child, even if just for a few moments, helped them to grieve and heal after their child passed away. They have memories that they cherish and are consoled knowing they did all they could to care for and love their sick baby. As a society, we should strive to increase and improve perinatal hospice care and support for these babies and their families.

As well as medical assistance, what support is available?
One Day More and Every Life Counts are Irish charities which offer support to mothers and fathers of babies with life-limiting conditions. They enable families to make meaningful plans for their child’s life, birth, and death, in a way that honours the baby as well as the baby’s family.
(Choose Life 2018 -Issue 6 on http://www.dublindiocese.ie/wp-content/uploads/2018 /03/ChooseLife2018_Issue6_Final.pdf)

Should abortion be a choice? When it comes to the right to choose, there is a tendency to forget that there is another person involved, an innocent person who has no choice and who depends entirely on others for protection. Abortion is the direct and intentional ending of the life of an unborn baby. It deceives women, and men, by creating a culture where the decision to end the life of an unborn child is portrayed as simply a matter of individual “choice”.

What if I've had an abortion? There is no sin that God's mercy cannot reach. The forgiveness of God cannot be denied to anyone who approaches the Sacrament of Confession with a sincere heart in order to obtain reconciliation with the Father. At the close of the Year of Mercy in 2016, Pope Francis granted to all priests the faculty to absolve those who have committed the sin of procuring an abortion.
(Choose Life 2018 -Issue 5 on http://www.dublindiocese.ie/wp-content/uploads /2018/02/ChooseLife2018_Issue5_Final.pdf)

What is the Eighth Amendment? The wording of the Eighth Amendment reads as follows: “The State acknowledges the right to life of the unborn and, with due regard to the equal right to life of the mother, guarantees in its laws to respect, and, as far as practicable, by its laws to defend and vindicate that right”. This is a declaration to respect, defend and vindicate the equal right to life of a mother and her unborn child. It enshrines in Irish law a deep conviction that every human life is precious, equal and worth cherishing.

What will happen if the Eighth Amendment is repealed? If the Eighth Amendment is repealed the right to life for unborn children in Ireland will be without legal constitutional protection. This would radically change the principle, for all unborn children and indeed for all of us, that the right to life is a fundamental human right.
(Choose Life 2018 -Issue 4 on
http://www.dublindiocese.ie/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/ChooseLife2018_Issue4_Final.pdf)

What happens if a pregnant woman’s life is at risk? If a seriously ill pregnant woman needs life-saving medical treatment which may, as a secondary effect, put the life of her baby at risk, such treatments are always ethically permissible provided every effort has been made to save the life of both mother and baby. Abortion is the direct and intentional ending of the life of an unborn baby. The Catholic Church upholds that necessary medical intervention to save the life of a pregnant woman, which results in the untended death of her unborn baby, is never considered an abortion.

What if the baby dies? If a baby dies as a result of life-saving medical treatment to save the life of a pregnant woman it is extremely sad and a tragic outcome. If the intention of the doctor is not to directly and intentionally end the baby’s life, then this is not an abortion.
(Choose Life 2018 -Issue 3 on
http://www.dublindiocese.ie/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/ChooseLife2018_Issue3.pdf)

Is a view on abortion solely a question of religious belief?
The right to life is not just a question of religious belief. As the first and fundamental human right, it affects people of all faiths, and none. You do not have to be from any particular faith tradition to agree that human life should be protected and that intentionally ending the life of another human is never justified. Supporting and sustaining a culture of life is in the interest of every citizen, Catholics and all people of goodwill because it defines us as a society.
(Choose Life 2018 -Issue 2 on
http://www.dublindiocese.ie/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/ChooseLife2018_Issue2_Final.pdf)

Does life begin at conception?
Yes. But this is not just a question of belief – it's a scientific fact. At the moment of conception a new, unique human being with his or her own DNA comes into existence. In recent years, amazing advances in ultrasound technology provide us with a window into the womb and reveal the truth that the unborn child is undeniably one of us – a human being and much more than �a clump of cells�. In the past, some people may have pleaded ignorance to the humanity of life in the womb but today we no longer have this excuse.

When does a baby’s heart start to beat?
The first few weeks are the most rapid time of development of a new human life. The baby’s beating heart has been recorded as early as 21 days after conception – this is sometimes before mum discovers she is pregnant!
(Choose Life 2018 -Issue 1 on http://www.dublindiocese.ie/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/ChooseLife2018_Issue1_Final.pdf)