Several days into his hunger strike, Irish pro-life advocate Tim Jackson said he will not give up until a government committee watches a video showing how an unborn baby is aborted.
On Monday, Jackson began his hunger strike outside the Dáil (lower house of Irish Parliament) with a white flag and a sign with an image of an unborn baby that read “Stop the killing.”
Jackson said he wants the lawmakers who are on a committee reviewing Ireland’s pro-life laws to watch a video showing how an unborn baby is aborted. The committee is supposed to make a recommendation about whether to repeal the Eight Amendment, which protects an unborn baby’s right to life.
The Donegal Democrat reports the young man refused to give up Friday, even though he received a letter from committee chair Sen. Catherine Noone saying that she did watch the video.
“Although the correspondence is a step in the right direction, I will keep going until the committee watch the video together in session,” Jackson said. “There is no other way of verifying if they all have watched it.”
He told the news outlet that he will continue to persevere on his hunger strike for the rights of unborn babies.
“I think the least we all can do is know exactly how the child is killed, as it’s unmasks the reality of abortion in a debate clouded with euphemisms. It is a prerequisite for having a fully informed debate,” Jackson said.
According to the report, abortion activists with the Abortion Rights Campaign Ireland mocked his protest by calling it a “farcical media stunt.”
The Eighth Amendment in Ireland gives unborn babies a right to life. The country also has one of the lowest maternal mortality rates and some of the best health care for women in the world. However, abortion activists and some of the world’s richest men have been pushing the pro-life country to repeal the Eighth Amendment and legalize abortion on demand.
A special government committee was established this year to consider if abortion should be legal in certain or any circumstances. However, over the summer, Irish health minister Simon Harris started drafting legislation to legalize abortion before the committee even issued its report.
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Jackson said he decided to begin the hunger strike “to demand Leo Varadkar and his Abortion Committee watch a video of how a child is killed in an abortion before discussing a referendum on who can live and die.”
“For this hunger strike, it won’t be until the point of death. I’ll only be taking water and I’ll do it for as long as necessary,” he said in a Facebook video earlier this week.
Jackson said he wants lawmakers to see how an abortion brutally kills an unborn baby before they make any recommendations. He said he previously wrote a letter to the committee urging them to watch a video describing how an unborn baby is aborted, but he never received an answer.
“It’s a very simple demand that I’m making, that the politicians face the very ugly truth of what will happen to these children in an abortion,” he said. “Too many lives are on the line.”
He said one in 20 Irish babies are aborted outside the country’s borders every year.
“If this referendum passes, it’s going to be a lot more than that,” Jackson said. “In Britain, it’s one in five babies that are aborted. … This is a war on unborn children.”