Irish pro-lifers believe lives were saved by country’s prohibition on abortion
In the last major pro-life rally ahead of Ireland’s 25th May referendum on whether to liberalise the country’s abortion laws, thousands gathered to say ‘no’ to far-reaching proposals that could see abortion on demand up to 12 weeks, and even later in some cases.
In less than two weeks, people in Ireland will be asked if they wish to repeal Article 40.3.3 of the Constitution, known as the Eighth Amendment, which enshrined a ban on abortion in 1983 and gives equal right to life to the mother and the unborn child.
The Irish bishops have warned that if the Eighth Amendment is repealed, legislation the government plans to introduce would make Ireland one of the most liberal abortion regimes in Europe.
Among the speakers who addressed the weekend rally in the shadow of the Irish parliament on Dublin’s Merrion Square was Mary Kenny, 24, a single mother from Pallaskenry. She believes the Eighth Amendment saved her daughter’s life.
“Holly’s life literally hung in the balance in the early stages of pregnancy,” said Kenny, who became pregnant at age 19. “If it had been a matter of just driving down the road to the nearest abortion clinic or to my GP, almost certainly Holly would not be alive today.”
Picture: Thousands gathered in Dublin on 12th May to say ‘Love Both’ and ‘Vote No’ to abortion on demand. They were protesting abortion on demand in the forthcoming referendum, which takes place on 25th May. (CNS photo/John McElroy).Tags: Abortion, dublin, Eighth Amendment, Ireland, Irish, Mary Kenny, pro-life, Referendum