Ireland Will Hold a General Election Soon, Which Candidates are Pro-Life on the 8th Amendment?

International   |   Cora Sherlock   |   Feb 9, 2016   |   1:03PM   |   Dublin, Ireland

A general election has been called in Ireland and the vote will be held on 26th February, 2016.  In advance of polling day, the various politicians are setting out their position in relation to the abortion issue and specifically on where they stand on the retention or repeal of the 8th Amendment to the Irish Constitution, which provides the last remaining constitutional protection for unborn babies in Irish law.

Pro-life voters have been inundating the headquarters of the Pro Life Campaign in an effort to determine which candidate in their area is most likely to ensure that unborn children continue to receive this constitutional protection under the law.

In order to assist them the Pro Life Campaign has launched a new election video providing information for voters in the run-up to polling day.

Bearing in mind the huge pro-life vigils and rallies that took place in Ireland in recent years, it’s clear to everyone watching the political scene that there is a vast number of people from all walks of life who are concerned about this issue and where sitting politicians and new candidates stand on protecting the life.

Pro-life supporters are particularly looking for assistance in distinguishing between candidates who say they are “pro-life” and candidates who have an actual track record in defending life.  After the way a majority of the main party in Government, Fine Gael, broke their last pre-election pro-life promise is 2013, pro-life supporters are rightly much more cautious about accepting the word of candidates.  This time around, it is very much a case that actions will speak louder than words.

Information is currently being compiled and posted on the website of the Pro Life Campaign so that voters will have accurate and detailed information before Election Day on the positions of the various election candidates.  The video currently being launched is just one of the ways the Pro Life Campaign is spreading the word and encouraging people to use their vote to protect life.

There is a real tendency in much of the Irish media to blame the 8th Amendment for everything whenever abortion is in the news.  It’s easy to do that if the focus is only on one side of the story.  Irish voters rarely get a chance to see the pro-life side.  Too often, some sections of the media don’t show nearly the same interest in presenting stories of hope and talking about the tens of thousands of lives saved as a result of the 8th Amendment.  It is only fair that these stories should also feature prominently in the debate.

The new Pro Life Campaign video is called “Your Vote Matters – Use It To Protect Human Life.” It can be viewed here.