Pro-Lifers Protest at Ireland Embassy Against Bill to Allow Abortions

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jun 7, 2013   |   12:48PM   |   Washington, DC

American pro-life advocates protested today at the Ireland Embassy in Washington to support their Irish colleagues who are opposing a government-backed bill that would allow abortions for the first time.

Students for Life of America led the  pro-life witness at the Irish Embassy in Washington, D.C. calling for Ireland to remain abortion-free. The pro-life group says that, across the world, members of the pro-life community are holding demonstrations at Irish Embassies challenging the current government not to bring abortion into that country.

“We stand with pro-life Ireland because we have seen the devastating effects of legal abortion in America, with the deaths of over 55 million preborn baby girls and boys, the victimization of millions of women, and the crumbling of countless families,” said Kristan Hawkins, President of Students for Life of America.

Hawkins told LifeNews: “It has taken us more than 40 years to start turning our nation back around after Roe v. Wade, but now we have the chance to exert international pressure to stop another Roe v. Wade moment in Ireland.  The time is now to stand in solidarity with pro-lifers in Ireland as they courageously defend the preborn and prevent the genocide of millions of Irish children.”

Rev. Mahoney, Director of the Christian Defense Coalition in Washington, supported the protest.

“As an Irish American, I have always been proud of my Irish heritage and history. The land of my ancestors has a rich history of literature, art, music, love of family and a deep concern for the poor and needy around the world,” he said. “Sadly, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has not only broken his word and public trust by attempting to legislate abortion into Ireland after promising not to do so, he is also crushing the rich tradition that Ireland has had through the centuries of being a nation that has embraced and honored their children.”

He told LifeNews: “We call upon the Irish government to stand for human rights and justice for all and keep Ireland abortion free. We pray that Ireland learns from the mistakes that America has made regarding abortion and never allows the violence of abortion on Irish soil.”



Kate Bryan, Grassroots Director for Live Action, comments,”Women and their children deserve better than the brutality of abortion. We will stand united with the people of Ireland against the horror of abortion outside of the Irish Embassy in Washington, DC, in hopes that Ireland will remain abortion-free.”

In May, SFLA held a prayer vigil and public witness outside the graduation of Boston College because the commencement speaker was Ireland’s Prime Minister, Enda Kenny, who is pushing legislation that will allow abortion on demand, through all 9 months of pregnancy, in his country.

Thousands of people from across the globe took action on the website to voice their outrage to BC President Rev. William Leahy over the decision to allow Kenny to speak at the Catholic institution and sent messages of support to Cardinal Sean O’Malley, who was under attack by pro-abortion forces for boycotting the event.