Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Huge Vigil for Life in Dublin

All pro-life groups that make up Ireland’s pro-life movement united together and turned out in force today in response to the Irish Government’s recent announcement that it intends to legislate for abortion in Ireland along the lines of the X case judgment.

The unprecedented turnout which included 5 Bishops was estimated at being at least 10,000 strong, filled Dublin’s Molesworth Street and a large part of Kildare Street holding placards and calling on Enda Kenny to 'Keep his Pro-life Promise' and urging the government to protect both mother and baby.

The groups and many other pro-life individuals came togheter in order to send an unequivocal message to the Irish Government that legislation on the X case will lead to abortion on demand and is "absolutely unacceptable to the Irish people".
The candlelight vigil was addressed by Niamh Ui’Bhrian and Dr Sean O’Domhnaill of the Life Institute, and Caroline Simons of the Pro-Life Campaign. Other speakers included Cliona Johnson who shared the sad story of her baby John Paul who suffered from anencephaly and died shortly after birth

Niamh Uí Bhriain of the Life Institute said that the aim of the event was to ensure that Enda Kenny kept the pro-life promise given by Fine Gael in Election 2011.

"We need to ensure that both our mothers and babies are best protected by banning abortion," she said. "Clarity is now coming back to the debate following the hysteria whipped up by abortion campaigners after Savita's tragic death - and the pro-life majority will want to ensure that Fine Gael does not move to legislate on the X case".

She said that such legislation would bring Ireland to follow the British model of abortion provision, and that that regime was "anathema" to most Irish people.

She warned Enda Kenny that on this issue, the Irish people "are not for turning" and that there would be political consequences if Fine Gael broke irs promise and moved to legalise abortion.

See Youth Defence Video clip of the event


Ms Uí Bhriain said that revelations that the Irish Times article which broke the news of Savita's death may have based on 'muddled' information was "truly shocking".

"At the Vigil for Life today we remembered Savita and her baby and, and we mourned the loss of their lives. And we asked that the media and the political establishment now look at the cynical exploitation of this tragic death of a young mother, and seek to find the facts."

"The Irish Times story - and it's sensationalist headline - gave the whole world the impression that Savita Halappanavar died because she couldn't get an abortion. Now the same journalist is cautioning that perhaps a termination had not been requested; a little late for caution now that Ireland's reputation has been destroyed on a global scale."