The taxi driver who drove me to Dublin’s Referendum Count Centre on Saturday was visibly upset as he talked about the loss of the Eighth Amendment, the last remaining protection for the unborn in the Irish Constitution. Like me, he already knew that a majority of voters had decided to remove the Eighth from the Constitution, opening the door to abortion on demand. He wasn’t a campaigner, or a “zealot”, just a voter. He told me he voted no because he was afraid repeal of the Eighth would lead to the ending of lives. Having lived abroad, he’d seen what abortion does to a society and is worried about what will happen here.
Voters will make their own minds up about this referendum. But before we cast our vote we’re entitled to know what it is exactly that we’re being asked to support, and what it is exactly that this will involve
Hundreds of supporters of the 8th Amendment came to Galway’s Leisureland this evening to attend the “Stand Up For Life” rally which was organised by LoveBoth.
The Pro Life Campaign has said that the Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment “are presenting their report and recommendations today as though they exhaustively and thoroughly examined the Eighth Amendment. However, the reality is very different. This committee will be remembered as one of the most biased official groups ever to convene in Leinster House.”
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Almost 1,000 people packed out the Concert Hall in the RDS on Sunday for the 2017 Pro Life Campaign National Conference. An enthusiastic audience heard from national and international speakers at what may be the last Conference before a referendum on the 8th Amendment.
The Pro Life Campaign has accused Senator Catherine Noone of making “highly misleading” statements about how the Oireachtas Committee on abortion ended up so slanted against the pro-life position. At the weekend, committee Chairperson Senator Noone said the committee was having difficulty finding pro-life experts to present as witnesses.
The Pro Life Campaign in Ireland has said that with most of the focus of the abortion debate on repeal of the country’s last remaining constitutional for unborn babies, the 8th Amendment, the public “are being deprived of the opportunity to consider what precisely legalised abortion would involve.” The group was commenting following the release of new Amárach research showing that most of the public are totally unaware of basic facts regarding what legalised abortion has led to in countries like our nearest neighbour, England.
The Pro Life Campaign has said there is no real difference between “partial” or “full” repeal of the 8th Amendment since both options would strip unborn babies of all meaningful protections under the law.
Today marks the 34th anniversary of the passage of the 8th Amendment.