Abortion call comes from elite not the people

Well, now that the latest storm has blown over, we can take a few moments to reflect on what has been and look towards the coming months. The focus of the Irish media has been on abortion for the past two weeks, prompted by the Private Member’s Bill seeking to legalise abortion, as proposed by T.D.s Clare Daly, Mick Wallace and Joan Collins.

As an Irish pro-life movement, we were reminded of a few important things, and made aware of a few more. Here a few examples:

  • There is no appetite among the people for abortion legislation. Take this example: the Action on X pro-abortion rally was scheduled for months in advance to take place outside the Dáil (Parliament). It drew unprecedented free advertising from both national and local media outlets. The organizers themselves used paid advertising to promote it on Facebook, received free plugs for the event not only from radio presenters such as Ray D’Arcy, but also from national newspapers such as the Irish Times. Action on X had said they wanted to match Youth Defence’s Rally for Life which brought 8,000 people onto the streets last year to defend unborn children. It seemed the Gardaí might be needed for crowd-control on Kildare Street. Guess what? Around 50 people showed up! I was at the Dáil when politicians such as Richard Boyd Barrett were shouting into the microphone about the ‘inhumanity of having to travel for an abortion’ (neglecting, of course, to mention the inhumanity of abortion itself). I’m happy to tell you, they had no need for a microphone.
  • Rewind a week before that dismal turnout for abortion campaigners, when, with only word-of-mouth promotion, some 400 women and children gathered at Dáil Éireann for a demonstration against the lies and misinformation of the abortion lobby. Senators and T.D.s were each given a letter critiquing the Private Member’s abortion Bill, and also reminded that women are physically and mentally safer without abortion. Additionally, attention was also drawn to the medical fact that abortion isn’t need to save the lives of women with life-threatening pregnancies. All in all, the contrast in numbers between both rallies was a good indicator of the mood among people on the ground. Which leads me to my next point…
  • The current attack on our laws is an orchestrated effort by a small number of “elites” within the Dublin circus of political ideologues, aided and abetted by their misguided sympathizers who control the Irish media. This isn’t a move by obstetricians and gynaecologists, the people who know the medical facts about life-threatening pregnancies. Quite simply, these politicians lack a mandate from both the medical experts and the people in general.
  •  The past week saw the goalposts shift a degree or two. Four women who had abortions when their babies were diagnosed with fatal foetal abnormalities attracted huge media coverage, culminating with their Late Late Show interviews. The Irish Times initially broke their stories in a front-page spread, with the women later meeting members of both the Dáil and Senate. To be told your baby isn’t going to survive for long outside the womb is obviously very distressing, and our sympathies should rightly be extended to such women. It must however be remembered that all children have a right to life, and taking a child’s life is not the answer to a crisis. There is always a better answer.

We’ve got work to do. The media are fully engaged in acting as a battering ram to smash Ireland’s pro-life ethos. Millionaires like Chuck Feeney have swelled the coffers of abortion campaigners. The Labour Party and Sinn Féin are committed to abortion, as are members of Fine Gael. But the pro-life movement is activated. We’re already mobilising a ground-campaign and public awareness drive to raise up the pro-life majority and keep Ireland abortion-free. Get involved today. You were never more needed than you are right now.

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