Ireland: Pro-Life Vigil Outside Dáil Planned for Tuesday

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Dec 3, 2012   |   8:03PM   |   Dublin, Ireland

A massive pro-life vigil has been planned for tomorrow outside Dáil Éíreann at 4.30 p.m. local time. The Vigil for Life on Kildare Street has been promoted by a number of pro-life organizations in Ireland seeking to generate response to the exploitation by abortion campaigners of the death of a pregnant woman.

“It’s time the pro-life majority were heard. Enda needs to Keep his Pro-Life promise. Say NO to abortion in Ireland,” says Youth Defence in announcing the event. “Fine Gael and Labour are on the verge of legalising abortion. This may be the only chance we get to send a united message to the Government that the people of Ireland do not want abortion.”

“The vigil will be an opportunity to be a voice for both unborn babies and their mothers, and to ask Fine Gael to keep their pro-life promise. If abortion is legalised it will be too late to make your voice heard,” the group says. “Please make a special effort to attend – bring your family and friends! Posters will be provided on the day.”

The Pro-Life Campaign is also urging people to attend the Vigil for Life.

“None of us needs to be reminded about the critical times we are in,” it said. “We are asking everyone who considers themselves pro-life to come together to stand up for the lives of mothers and babies.”

“Please make every effort to attend,” the pro-life group added. “It will most likely be the only opportunity we get to send a united message to the Government before abortion legislation is debated in the Dáil. The vigil will have a positive, clear message about safeguarding the lives of mothers and babies in pregnancy.”

The event comes on the day following news that the pro-abortion reporter who broke the Savita story says the Indian woman may not have requested an abortion.

The Pro-Life campaign recently commented on Red C abortion poll some are using to press for abortion.

Responding to the Red C poll on abortion to be published in tomorrow’s Sunday Business Post, the Pro Life Campaign said the answers to the different questions are highly contradictory, and show the very high level of public confusion on the issue mainly to do with the distinction between necessary medical interventions in pregnancy and abortion.

The poll reveals that 85% support legislation for the X case, while 63% support a Constitutional amendment limiting the X ruling.

Dr Ruth Cullen of the Pro Life Campaign said:

“We welcome the high level of support for a Constitutional amendment to limit the X case. It is very apparent, however, from the findings overall, that there is huge confusion about the distinction between necessary medical treatments in pregnancy and abortion.



“The Minister for Health and other senior figures in Government bear much of the responsibility for this confusion. For example, they have abjectly failed to highlight the fact that abortion has never been shown to benefit women with mental health problems, indeed on the contrary, peer-reviewed studies show it places some women at greater risk. Given the misunderstandings that have been allowed to fester, it is not at all surprising that the findings appear so contradictory.

“In the coming weeks, as the debate continues, we are confident it will become clear that legislation for the X case would not in fact be restrictive but would involve wide-ranging abortion.”