I have been out canvassing for the Life Institute over the last couple of months. As I was speaking with people on our door to door canvass a common argument is why should women have to travel to England for an abortion. My answer to that is there should not be abortion there either.
1. Pro-life Unity for the Life Canvass The long-sought for unity for the pro-life movement took a huge step forward as most of the major pro-life organisations have come together to make sure that the Life Canvass has the biggest impact possible to Save the 8th. This was fantastic news for the Life Canvass, as another leading national pro-life organisation, Family & Life, formally come on board with Life Institute, Youth Defence and more than 30 local pro-life organisations, to make this the biggest pro-life door-to-door initiative ever seen in Ireland.
I was struck by an article in The Avondhu by Donal O’Keeffe (30.05.17), ‘If abortion really is murder, why no “pro-life” pickets at ports and airports’. I believe it conveyed a rather poor and misleading impression of pro-life people and while I appreciate it’s an opinion piece, it deserves a right of reply.
As most of you will know, Youth Defence has always worked to reveal the reality of abortion. For the past twenty five years, this has been part of our central mission, because if we are to have real and meaningful public debate on this issue, then we cannot allow that reality to remain hidden.
Dear Orla and all at NWCI, I am writing this email in severe disappointment. Dear, oh dear. From one feminist (i.e. me) to another (you, I think…), a quick recap is clearly essential on the meaning of feminism and seeing as you expressed some real howlers at your recent AGM’s “strategic plan”, please read on and take note:
At the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform, we work to confront the culture with the truth about abortion every single day. We have large banners to reach commuters, hand-held educational displays to reach high school students and pedestrians, campus displays to reach university students, and postcards to reach everyone in possession of a mailbox. But for some time, we’ve been working on a new way of reaching people that we’d never tried before: door-knocking, the pro-life fusion of conversational apologetics and political canvassing.
The March for Life (in whatever country you come from!) comes but once a year. People travel across the country to participate in the most important human rights rally of our time. We just commemorated the 43rd anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade SCOTUS decision this past Friday, and we were reminded that enough is enough!
Last weekend, I had the privilege of attending the Munster Rally for Life in Cork City. I had been to the Dublin Rally before but didn’t know what to expect at the Rally in Cork. Would enough people show up? Would we even feel like marching if the election results were dismal (votes were still being counted at that time)? I should not have been worried. The people of Munster did not disappoint. I was honestly so surprised and delighted at both the turnout and the message of the Rally.The pro-lifers of Munster were in fine form and really came out to show their unwavering support for the cause of life. Until minutes before kick-off, I was wondering how many would show, but then, right on time, a tremendous wave of pro-life people seemed to spill without stopping out onto the Grand Parade.
Two months ago, up to 30,000 people brought Dublin to a standstill as crowds marched through the city-centre against abortion. The Rally for Life was led by people with disabilities advocating the theme that Every Life Matters, and it was a huge, colourful, upbeat celebration of Life. In contrast, the March for Choice, despite massive media and trade union support, has barely ever managed to muster a tenth of that crowd.
For today, at least, the debate over whether graphic victim photography is effective at raising awareness is over. Emotionally mauling photographs of a three-year-old refugee child washed up on a Turkish beach have sparked a reaction to the ongoing refugee crisis like nothing else has.
What a wonderful, uplifting, inspiring day. The sun shone on 30,000 people who packed O’Connell Street for the Rally for Life, and they came in their droves to send a strong, powerful message to the government – we want our mothers and babies to have constitutional protection from abortion.