Youth Defence exposes our hypocrisies and what we do to our unborn
John Drennan, Irish Independent, 1996
Since we are activists, our strategies and projects involve Direct Action - bringing truthful information about abortion to those who need it most.
That can mean handing someone a leaflet on the street, talking to a woman with a crisis pregnancy, organising an event in college, running a website on the development of the baby in the womb, or any variation on the above.
It has been said that abortion is the world's best-kept secret because abortion campaigners continually deny the humanity of the unborn child and the real nature of abortion.
Our pro-life work helps to cut through masses of well-funded, pro-abortion propaganda. Huge numbers of Irish people have reconsidered their position on abortion because they recognise the truth when it's presented to them fairly and honestly. That truth is that abortion kills a baby, harms a mother and profits the abortion industry. There is always a better way of dealing with a crisis pregnancy.
We don't mind getting into debates about abortion. If people think its worth arguing over they must believe it's an important principle. Having a social conscience is a good thing
Young people are an effective voice in defence of unborn children and mothers. YD whips piles of Irish youth in an effective lobby for the unborn, the idea being that Irish politicians get the point that most people oppose abortion.
The point is that belief without action is like a body without breath. The time to act is now, before Ireland joins the rest of the world in the slaughter of innocent children.
You could sum it up as "lots of talk and lots of action". We reckon that in this instance more talk equals more action, so much of our work involves talking to people who haven't really considered their position on abortion. Getting noticed through direct action gets our message out, not just through pesky stuff like picketing, demonstrating and lobbying, but also through educational strategies both on the streets and elsewhere.
Direct Action is the basis for the pro-life strategies of Education, Public Demonstration, Campaigning, Communicating, and Lobbying.