At least 32 local pro-life events will take place tomorrow (Saturday) as activists gather in socially distanced witnesses taking place throughout the country in support of the Rally for Life. The biggest pro-life gathering of the year, the Rally for Life, is moving online this week, with five days of events and conferences from July 1st to July 5th.
Pro-life vigils at abortion centres around the country will continue, and are an important witness to what is now happening behind closed doors, say activists who are now marking almost a year of the vigils at abortion centres.
Thousands of pro-life activists are expected to attend the Rally for Life in Dublin on July 6th, where speakers will hear that the abortion regime established by the government has already been exposed as being fatally flawed, and that a key role of the pro-life movement is to subject the regime to endless scrutiny.
The local elections saw a breakthrough for Aontú, who, just four months after establishing the party, saw three councillors elected - including one poll-topper in Bailieborough - and another five or six candidates come close to taking a seat.
Some great news for the Life Canvass, as another leading national pro-life organisation, Family & Life, have formally come on board to make this the biggest pro-life door-to-door initiative ever seen in Ireland.
Pro-life activists have said that they are gravely concerned about implications for a free and fair debate ahead of the expected abortion referendum after Gardai seized pro-life materials in Kilkenny City last Saturday. The Save the 8th pro-life roadshow was visiting the city on the last day of its extended tour, which had already been to 17 towns and cities throughout Ireland without incidence. However, just 10 minutes into the information event, Garda detectives arrived and threatened arrest if photographs of babies who had been aborted were not removed from display.
Our nationwide Save the 8th Roadshow received significant media attention this year, with local newspaper and radio covering the Roadshow in most towns and cities. You can read and listen to some of those media interviews below. Well done to all the pro-life volunteers who took part in media engagements over the last three weeks.
LISTEN: “We weren’t doing anything wrong or breaking any laws, the information boards are a crucial part of our campaign”: Rebecca Roughneen talked to Killkenny Carlow Local Radio about the seizure of our pro-life boards, and Maria Buckley also called in to point out that upholding the constitutional right to protest was especially important ahead of a referendum on the 8th.
Renua Ireland leader John Leahy has made a strong defence of the Constitution's 8th Amendment. Speaking after a party training meeting in Dublin he said that the efforts to remove the 40.3.3 from the constitution are “a misguided attempt to treat some babies differently, to establish a class of infants with less rights. This is the opposite to equality and fairness”