So we marched in the Rally for Life not just in celebration of Life - and of Roe v Wade being overturned - but with defiance and hope in our hearts: for the right to life, for the courage to tell the truth, to reclaim the country that we love, for every baby, for every mother.
Yesterday, Labour TD, Ivana Bacik made an astonishing claim in the Dáil, saying that she had received “”troubling reports that anti-choice activists are obtaining info on appointment times of women accessing abortion”. She later tweeted a summary of this claim.
Nothing spells out hope like a new baby, and nothing signifies what the future will hold more than the values of the people actually having those babies at a time when so many people are choosing to have none at all.
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: