Hope Ireland Conference Tackles Campaign to Legalize Assisted Suicide

International   |   Cora Sherlock   |   Jun 9, 2015   |   12:45PM   |   Dublin, Ireland

A new organisation that will combat attempts to introduce euthanasia and assisted suicide into Ireland held its inaugural conference in Dublin last weekend.

“Hope Ireland” is hosting a number of high-profile international speakers who will speak about the need to protect the vulnerable and disabled from the pressures and dangers of laws allowing assisted suicide.

The theme of the conference is “Saving lives, promoting Hope”, and speakers include Dr. Kevin Fitzpatrick OBE, the Director of Hope Ireland and Director of Euthanasia Prevention Coalition International.

Dr. Fitzpatrick is also a disabled activist and one of the central tenets of his argument against assisted suicide and euthanasia is that they represent a systematic discrimination against the disabled at all ages.

Some of the other speakers include Professor Des O’Neill, a Consultant Physician in geriatric medicine and Director of the Centre for Ageing, Neuroscience and the Humanities in Dublin; William Binchy, Fellow Emeritus, Trinity College Dublin and former member of the Irish Human Rights Commission, 2001 – 2011; and Alex Schadenberg, the Executive Director and Chair of Euthanasia Prevention Coalition International.

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One of the most reasons why this conference is so timely is the push that is currently being made in Ireland for the introduction of a law allowing assisted suicide.  Campaigner Tom Curran is currently working with John Halligan, a member of the Irish parliament, in order to introduce such a law on the back of the recent high-profile case where Gail O’Rorke was acquitted of a charge of assisting her friend Bernadette Forde to end her life.

The Pro Life Campaign, which is helping to organize the Hope Conference, will be working over the next few months to ensure that the public is fully educated on the risks of laws allowing assisted suicide, so that the Irish Government cannot introduce a law that would increase pressures on the vulnerable in society.

Pro-life supporters are encouraged to follow the news from the Hope Conference tomorrow by using the hashtag #PromoteHope.