This is a response letter to the public consultation on legislation for 'safe zones' surrounding abortion clinics in Northern Ireland.
The Martyrdom of St Dermot
What sort of a sick world are we living in today? Doctors are no longer those who prolong life, but who end it; and those who seek to prolong life and to nurture it are sanctioned and threatened.
Interview: Christianity and the New Eugenics – Callum Mackellar
An interview with Dr Callum Mackellar on his new book, Christianity and the New Eugenics
Abortion Pill Reversal
It is often possible to reverse the effects of the first abortion pill. Here's how.
We are the poorer
I am writing this on a quiet June Saturday afternoon after a middling busy week in work, attending to the needs of my patients, from the simple and uncomplicated to the life threatening and complex. All the talk is about how we slowly return our service to normal, and pick up the pieces of our … Continue reading We are the poorer
Why support life?
This is the transcript from my short talk at the recent panel discussion in QUB Chaplaincy. I just want to say a few words from my point of view as a healthcare worker in Northern Ireland, someone who respects and loves life, and someone who has spent his career fighting for that life, upholding that … Continue reading Why support life?
Response to Professional bodies’ submissions on abortion in NI
What all of the professional bodies fail to address is that abortion is, the vast majority of the time, a procedure which is offered for no clear medical benefit to the woman. Abortion for social reasons cannot be argued for based on medical evidence.
The Image of God, Personhood and the Embryo – Calum McKellar
"The capacity for self-awareness and rational though cannot be the sole basis of the image of God in humankind and its associated inherent human dignity. From a biblical perspective it is the whole being of the person, in his or her entirety, who reflects the image of God, and not just certain functions such as rationality. Morever, this unity exists from the moment of creation of the being and gives and identity which can continue over time"
Guidance on Conscientious Objection to Abortion for Healthcare Workers in Northern Ireland
I'm sure you're wondering where you stand if you don't want to be a part of abortion in your workplace. I've read through the guidance from the UK Government, the recent RCGP guidance, looked at the GMC guidance and considered the NMC guidance on consciencious objection in an effort to think through the implications and … Continue reading Guidance on Conscientious Objection to Abortion for Healthcare Workers in Northern Ireland
Guidance on responding to the public consultation on abortion in NI
The public consultation on abortion in Northern Ireland opened on 4th November. It's a long read, and the 15 questions being asked demand some thought. To that effect, I've summarised it and given suggested responses, based on a Christian and Pro-life perspective. Foreword The Secretary of State in his foreword acknowledges that these matters should … Continue reading Guidance on responding to the public consultation on abortion in NI