Abortion

Northern Ireland, gay marriage and the great liberal power-grab

10 July 2019 13:00

Yesterday, the Welsh government announced new guidelines to make school uniforms gender-neutral, which would mean an end to trousers being…

The tragedy of Britain’s abortion epidemic

14 June 2019 14:56

News comes through this morning of a big death toll: 200,000 over the past 12 months. What’s more, it has…

Why aren't aborted foetuses given painkillers?

23 May 2019 11:31

In a UK first last year, doctors at University College London operated on two unborn babies with spina bifida, a birth…

Alabama’s abortion ban is a moment of hope

17 May 2019 14:47

Alabama’s near-total abortion ban, signed into law on Wednesday by governor Kay Ivey, is a real moment of hope. The principle…

The real reason pro-life students aren’t welcome at Glasgow university

23 November 2018 18:41

A rare joy of living through the forging of a new orthodoxy is watching as the old orthodoxy becomes daring…

The dishonesty of the abortion debate

11 October 2018 12:58

There was an interesting article in the Guardian today about one of the less discussed aspects of miscarriage: the language…

Naz Shah needs to make up her mind about abortion

17 September 2018 17:02

There are a couple of things I just don’t get. Maybe someone of liberal mind can explain them. Didn’t equalities…

Shami Chakrabarti can’t have it both ways on Northern Ireland

30 May 2018 11:41

Never one to shy away from a platitude, the shadow attorney general, Shami Chakrabarti, has declared that the PM must…

What really happened in Ireland’s abortion referendum

26 May 2018 9:49

The Irish prime minister, Leo Varadkar, had declared that there would not be celebrations if and when the Yes side…

The abortion referendum is Ireland’s Brexit moment

25 May 2018 11:13

Is the abortion referendum going to be Ireland’s Brexit moment? Despite the financial crisis, a clerical scandal and a vote on…

Changing Ireland’s abortion laws would be a backward step

24 May 2018 17:42

It will, as one pro-life campaigner told me, take an act of God to swing the Irish referendum for the…

Ireland’s abortion vote and the wild west of online adverts

24 May 2018 13:10

It’s sometimes hard to know who’s really behind decisions at big tech firms. It could have been the PR team…

Ireland’s abortion referendum and the fight for female equality

18 May 2018 11:04

Ahead of the abortion referendum in Ireland next week, there’s a newspaper advert doing the rounds on Twitter. Printed in…

The Spectator Podcast: Mayday!

3 May 2018 13:34

In this week’s podcast, we discuss Theresa May’s impossible situation – how can she get herself out of the bind…

Could Dublin’s preachy liberals save Ireland’s abortion ban?

23 April 2018 13:47

Could there be a Trump-style upset when the Irish vote next month on whether to repeal the country’s ban on…

Baby, the rock n’ roll spirit should be on your side

16 February 2018 14:00

I am a rock ‘n’ roller by origin and inclination. I started off in rock journalism writing about bands and…

Why are animals more important than unborn children?

14 February 2018 15:43

Most of the time I feel perfectly at ease in my own country, and that would be the case had…

Labour’s new intolerance of the pro-life cause

27 October 2017 9:00

I didn’t want to write this piece. I supposed I always hoped that Labour would come back to its roots;…

Ireland’s abortion debate will be next year’s big culture war

13 October 2017 12:53

If you’re fed up with endless bickering over Brexit, spare a thought for the citizens of Ireland. The government here…

Jacob Rees-Mogg has said the unsayable. Good for him

7 September 2017 14:54

There are any number of reasons to feel irritated about the reaction to Jacob Rees-Mogg’s frankly expressed views about abortion…