Massive Pro-Life Rally in Ireland Signals Intense Opposition to Legalizing Abortion

International   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Mar 12, 2018   |   11:07AM   |   Dublin, Ireland

Tens of thousands of pro-life advocates marched Saturday in Dublin to urge Ireland to continue protecting unborn babies from abortion.

Ireland is under intense pressure to repeal its Eighth Amendment, which protects unborn babies’ right to life. Abortion activists, backed by some of the world’s richest men, are pushing the pro-life country to legalize abortion on demand. A vote on whether to retain the amendment is slated for May.

Last week, politicians proposed a bill that could legalize abortion for almost any reason up to birth if the referendum passes.

The Rally for Life brought people of all ages and walks of life to the capital. Many came on buses from all parts of the country. Crowd estimates varied from “tens of thousands” to 100,000, though abortion activists claimed fewer than 10,000 people attended.

The Irish Times reports the pro-life march was made up of grassroots Irish residents who want to protect unborn babies from abortions. Significantly, the report noted the passion of the people will “not be lost on the political class.”

Here’s more from the report:

The people who attended the vote No march in Dublin were not, by and large, political activists, seasoned protesters or members of political parties.

Their ranks were not swelled by the support of students unions, trades unions or taxpayer-funded lobby groups.

And yet, by any measure, it was one of the largest demonstrations in recent years and will certainly go down as the biggest single event of the abortion referendum campaign.

In contrast to the violence and profanity displayed by abortion activists in Ireland, another journalist noticed how loving and peaceful the pro-life crowd was. Louis Roseingrave wrote, “It was a surprising exchange that offered a glimpse of what this debate could be; respectful, courteous and accepting of opposing views.”

The rally was just one of many efforts by pro-life groups to prevent the legalization of abortion in Ireland. Pro-life groups have volunteers knocking on doors across Ireland to save the Eighth Amendment and unborn babies’ lives. They are up against a biased media and huge, illegal donations from American businessmen who are intent on pushing Ireland to adopt abortion on demand.

Deirdre Lawless, a schoolteacher from western Ireland who attended the march, told Euro News many Irish people do not want to legalize abortion on demand.

“I am canvassing three times a week and people are pro-life, they are just afraid to say it,” Lawless said.

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While polls show modest support for repealing the Eighth Amendment, they also consistently show that most people do not want abortion on demand.

See more photos from the rally below.