A Terrible Result

So, the country voted to remove the right to life of the unborn in all circumstances from the constitution. Something that will not save a single life, but will result in the destruction of so many. The Yes side could not find a single example of the eighth amendment being responsible for a death. If they had one they would have used it. Instead, they dressed up a couple of stories where this had not actually happened. Continue reading

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The Irish Abortion Referendum, 2018

Abortion is legal in Ireland where the life of the mother is at risk, including cases of suicide. Around 26 are carried out each year, according to official figures. Since 1967, it has been legal in Great Britain (which doesn’t include Northern Ireland) where there is a risk to life or the physical and mental health of the woman or where the child will have a severe mental or physical handicap. There were¬†185,596 abortions in England and Wales in 2016, 97% of which were on mental health grounds. Of these, 99.8% were classified as “mental disorder, not otherwise specified”. It is a common misconception that abortion is freely available in Britain up to a 24-week limit. Legally this is not the case, but in practice the thin end of the wedge has made abortion on demand a reality. Continue reading

Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

Blade Runner 2049 is what the original Blade Runner is often claimed to be. Unlike Blade Runner, it is a startlingly human film. It manages to pack in so much of what it means to be alive, to be human, in a film about a whole variety of people, robots and holograms. Their society is a layered one that’s as broken with inequality and prejudice as our own. It’s one in which being a member of a certain club is more important than the content of your character. Ryan Gosling’s officer K is science fiction’s Pinocchio. He’s a replicant (biomechanical android) who knows he isn’t human and feels that to be born is to have a soul. Unlike Pinnochio he’s not sure if he wants to be a real boy. Continue reading

Blade Runner (1982)

Long ago, Blade Runner was my favourite film. Maybe it was an illogical choice as I had probably enjoyed many other films much more even then. It was certainly cool. I liked cool things like liked dinosaurs, space, the future and sci-fi. This one wasn’t just laser battles either and perhaps I mistook the absence of action (and many other things…) for the presence of substance and depth to its existential pretensions. It was easy to like Blade Runner because it was cool and regarded as being philosophically worthwhile. Sometimes it’s worth confronting and even castigating yourself so you can change your mind! Continue reading