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”
Up to a 1,000 pro-life volunteers in fifty towns and cities, in every single constituency across Ireland, turned out to knock on doors and have a one-to-one conversation with voters about life and abortion on Tuesday. The Life Canvass is eighteen months old and this bold move to set huge targets for a single day has provided organisers and volunteers with massive encouragement.
A motion to repeal the 8th Amendment has been defeated by a significant majority at a debate hosted by UCC's Philosophical Society, the university's debating society.
Around 120 students attended the debate in one of the country’s largest universities G19 on February 27th where speakers from Youth Defence and the Life Institute argued against the repeal of the 8th amendment. The pro-abortion motion was defeated easily with some 70% of those voting deciding against repealing the 8th.