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19 Jun 2017

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Abraham Hicks

I wrote about Esther Abraham Hicks and the "Law of Attraction" advocates in general a couple of times over the last few months. Well I ordered a book "Ask and it is given" by Esther Abraham Hicks recently and read two thirds of it- the last third is about ways to get what you want. Well I read through the two thirds without reading anything substantial and then read a couple of chapters in the last third and it was even worse. I have become very skeptical of Law of Attraction advocates. I never bought into them whole but as the old yin-yang goes there is some knowledge amongst some of their advocates and I find the idea of "Law of Attraction" curious because there is truth in the idea if not in the "law" bit of like-minded people attracting to one another.



Abortion

I have recently come around to supporting women to be able to get an abortion if they choose.

I have always been "pro-life" and while I was in favour of bringing in the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act in 2013 at the time and have always (as long as I have known about it) been in favour of amending the 8th Amendment I was up until recently always in favour of Ireland having a more limited abortion regime and not like the US and UK.

I've come to learn though that making the decision to have an abortion is a serious decision for (most anyway) women and that if a woman thinks that she is not mentally strong enough to have a baby that she should be able to have an abortion if she wants. Only a small minority of pregnant women would be at real risk of suicide if they follow through on a pregnancy but a lot of women do not feel mentally strong enough to go through with pregnancy at times in their lives even if they would not be at risk of suicide.

I know what the "pro-life" side is like, because I was again "pro-life" up until recently although I never got involved in any formal campaigning.

"Abortion on demand" is the term that really gets at "pro-life" people because (through lack of thinking/thinking enough about the pregnant woman as opposed to the foetus) they have a tendency or inclination to think that most/a lot of women are blase about being pregnant and having an abortion.

Some women may be blase about having an abortion, but most women who have had an abortion are everyday women who take the decision seriously.

I don't want to get involved hugely in this debate though. What also helped reorient me on this issue is I believe the extreme hypocrisy of the vast majority- not all- of pro-life people.

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16 Jun 2017


ActionAid and Palestine in 2017

Near FM have had trouble with the Israeli Embassy before so we cannot broadcast interviews according to the BCI (Broadcasting Commission of Ireland) on the occupation and conflict in Palestine unless the opposite side also have equal air time so this interview is not going to be played on Near FM I think. :


Olivia Lally 


ATD Fourth World @ 60 in 2017.

I did this interview just over two weeks ago but forgot to post. :


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