Youth Defence - the cutting edge of the pro-life movement
It's simple really, our aim is to keep Ireland abortion-free. Educating people, helping mothers, lobbying, campaigning; all our objectives are undertaken with that aim.
We began protecting life in February of 1992 when seven young people came together in Dublin to organise against abortion.
It happened mostly because at that time, the X case posed a very real threat to the unborn child. Pro-abortion opportunists, who are always only too happy to jump on cases like this to push their agenda, were shouting for abortion as an immediate priority. If it was not legislated for before it was too late, babies would be born!
The media, who, lets face it, have a little of a leaning in that direction anyway, lapped up the drama.
There was pretty much a strained silence from the rest of the country who, even if they are totally passive about it, are pro-life. Their silence was sold as consent. If you were living in say, Paris, and got the Irish Independent every morning, you would think that the country was bristling with pro-abortion multitudes who were just on the verge of a rebellion to overthrow a backward and out of touch junta.
So, we said "hold it there for one second". It was time for young people to make their voices heard against abortion.