5000 rally in a call to ‘Protect the 8th’.

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The Munster Rally for Life on Saturday February 27th in Cork, drew more than 5,000 pro-life activists from across the province to call on newly elected TDs to protect the 8th Amendment, in order to protect women and unborn babies from abortion.

Legions of young people waved posters that read ‘Pro-life and proud’, ‘Protect the 8th Amendment; Keep the Right to Life’, ‘Every Life Matters. Abortion is not the answer’, ‘Love them both’ (mother & child) at the rally – which filled the length of Cork’s thoroughfare, Patrick Street – before hearing speeches on The Grand Parade.

The mood was joyful, as pro-lifers came together in a celebration and affirmation of life, with upbeat music, balloons, broad smiles and chants including ‘2, 4, 6, 8, …… we appre-ci-ate the 8th!’.

Becky Kealy of the Munster Rally for Life organising committee told the crowd that abortion was “a medieval answer to a crisis pregnancy, and that mothers and babies deserved better from society.” She said the rally sent a powerful message to newly-elected TDs: listen to the people, or you will go the same way as the Labour party, who prioritised the repeal the 8th Amendment in their campaign and were obliterated by the electorate.”

“Labour’s experience has shown that if you favour abortion-on-demand, then you will no longer be in demand,” speaker Róisín White told the crowd.

“In recent weeks, the Irish Labour party admitted that it wants British-style abortion in Ireland, along the lines of the 1967 British Abortion Act. Repealing the 8th Amendment – the only remaining constitutional protection for unborn babies in Ireland – would pave the way for that.

Abortion campaigners, the Labour party, Enda Kenny and other pro-abortion politicians are neglecting to tell us the grim reality of the proposals they are peddling: Britain has 200,000 abortions every year, with 20% of ALL unborn babies there aborted. Over 90% of babies with Down’s Syndrome are aborted & there are even lunchtime abortions. Babies who survive abortions are left to die (66 babies in one year alone). Worse still, there are illegal sex-selective abortions where baby girls are aborted simply because they are girls & the killing of unborn babies is subsidised by the British tax-payer to the tune of over stg £100 million annually, in funds to the British NHS and private abortion clinics.

Women in crisis pregnancies need care & support – not abortion. Abortion harms women physically and psychologically and kills babies. It would be reckless to follow Britain’s failure in this regard and it is not what a majority of Irish people want”.

Other speakers included Bernadette Goulding of ‘Women Hurt by Abortion’ and Fiona Hutchinson from Every Life Counts, who moved many to tears when she shared her story of the loss of her baby son, Andrew, to anencephaly. “We will no longer be silent while the media uses our children’s disability, and our loss and pain, to push abortion. Every baby is precious and has value and has a right to life” she told a packed Grand Parade to sustained applause. Organisers added that professional support services for parents and perinatal hospice care for these babies is the compassionate response and best medical practice in these difficult situations.

The 5000-strong crowd also cheered newly re-elected TD Mattie McGrath, who phoned & addressed the rally from the election count in Tipperary, to encourage pro-lifers to ‘stand strong’ in protection of the right to life.

Speaking after the rally, a spokesperson for the Munster Rally for Life, Clar Ni Dhonnchadha asserted the primacy of the right to life: “Whatever shape the next government takes & whatever their policies on housing, employment and other issues, these will be immaterial unless it upholds the constitutional right to life and rejects the killing of the most vulnerable in our society: pre-born babies”. She continued: ‘a government that endorses, legalises and funds abortion is no better than one engaged in state-sponsored terrorism: terrorising, torturing and dismembering unborn babies to death, and often on grounds of disability’.

Organisers said they were ‘delighted and encouraged’ by the huge turnout and success of the rally and now hope that it will become an annual event. They urged those attending to get involved in the major on-going canvass of Munster, The ‘Yes to Life Canvass’ which aims to have a one-to-one conversation about abortion and to highlight the importance of keeping the right to life in the Irish Constitution, specifically in the 8th Amendment. ‘Protecting the 8th Amendment – the only remaining constitutional protection for unborn babies in Ireland – is paramount if we are to protect pregnant women and unborn babies from abortion’. 

#KeepTheRight2Life   #ProtectWomenAndBabiesFromAbortion   #ProtectThe8th.

BISHOP’S PLEA TO VOTERS

Bishop John Buckley

By The Evening Echo

THE Bishop of Cork and Ross, Dr John Buckley, has called on voters to ask election candidates to outline their pro-life position while canvassing.
He said that the 8th Amendment repeal issue was “misleading” because there was “no medical evidence” that any doctor could predict with certainty that a foetus may have an abnormality.
And he also hit out at the term ‘incompatible with life’ which he said was a ‘hurtful phrase since it implies that a baby’s life is worthless.’  “It is sad that a child’s life-limiting condition is being used to promote the agenda of those who seek to legalise abortion on much wider grounds,” he said.Bishop Buckley said the “greatest issue for all of us is the dignity of the human person” adding that it “covers poverty, unemployment, healthcare and it also covers life in the womb” He added: “It is likely that there will be pressure to repeal the 8th Amendment after the election. In the debate, there will be frequent references to ‘fatal foetal abnormalities’. Indeed the word ‘fatal’ is misleading since there is no medical evidence — none whatsoever — where a doctor can predict, with certainty, the lifespan of babies before they are born. Parents often say that the time they have with their baby, however short, is very precious. Pope Francis has asked us to support people in difficult situations with mercy and love, always recognising the unique dignity of every individual including the child in the womb.”

Andrea Bocelli and Celine Dion – nearly abortion victims

Andrea Bocelli and Celine Dion are both  internationally renowned singers. They  have two of the most beautiful voices in the world. But in addition to being amazing singers, they have one other thing in common.

Andrea Bocelli has performed many times and won many accolades. He is also blind. At one of his concerts, he told the following story:

And it turns out the Celine Dion too was almost a victim of abortion. According to EWTN news:

Canadian music star Celine Dion has said that she credits her family’s parish priest for convincing her mother not to abort her.

Dion said her mother was initially devastated when she learned she was pregnant with Celine, the 14th child in the family, and she asked the priest if she could have an abortion. The priest upheld the teachings of the Catholic Church and told her that she could not abort her child.

“He told her that she had no right to go against nature,” she said. “So I have to admit that in a way, I owe my life to that priest.”

Dion added, “Once she got over her disappointment, my mother didn’t waste any time on self-pity, and loved me as passionately as she’d loved the last little one.”

Listen to them sing together, a song called “The Prayer.”  And think about what the world would have lost had these two people been lost to abortion. Imagine what the world HAS lost because of over 50 million abortions in the US alone.

Cristiano Ronaldo & abortion

Cristiano Ronaldo’s mum has admitted she tried to abort the footballer when she was pregnant, according to reports.

In an autobiography released in Portugal on Friday, Dolores Aveiro claims her doctor refused to go through with the procedure.

In desperation, she turned to home remedies of drinking warm beer and heavy exercise.

VIDEO Scroll down for CR7 at his best! The sublime and the funny of Cristiano Ronaldo

Controversial: Cristiano Ronaldo’s mum Dolores Aveiro during the launch of her new book in Lisbon, Portugal.

 

Dolores Aveiro admitted she tried to have Ronaldo aborted when she was pregnant

According to the Daily Star, Ronaldo’s mum wrote: ‘I wanted to abort but the doctor didn’t support my decision.’

She also revealed Ronaldo found out about the incident.

She added: ‘He told me when he found out, “Look mum, you wanted to abort and now I’m the one who’s pulling the purse-strings in the house.”’

Ronaldo, who plays for Real Madrid after a spell with Manchester United, suffered World Cup heartbreak this summer as Portugal were knocked out at the group stage.

 

Superstar: Ronaldo has become one of the biggest stars in world football

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2697323/Cristiano-Ronaldos-mum-claims-tried-abort-pregnant.html#ixzz3xIxp7ap8

What some Celebs Say

Jim Caviezel

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“I do not love so much my career to remain silent in the face of abortion. I defend all the unborn children “. Jim Caviezel, Hollywood actor, who currently stars in the series “Person of Interest” screened by RTE.

He and his wife have adopted two children with SPECIAL NEEDS from China.

This is an article on Lifenews. com and has an accompanying video of Jim Caviezel talking about adopting his two children with special needs.

http://www.lifenews.com/2014/05/19/jim-caviezel-displayed-his-pro-life-convictions-by-adopting-two-disabled-children/

 

Jared Leto, during the 2014 Oscars, actor Jared Leto gave a heartfelt speech about how his single mom overcame many struggles while raising he and his brother.

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“In 1971, Bossier City, Louisiana, there was a teenage girl who was pregnant with her second child. She was a high school dropout and a single mom, but somehow she managed to make a better life for herself and her children. She encouraged her kids to be creative, to work hard and to do something special.That girl is my mother and she’s here tonight. And I just want to say, I love you, Mom. Thank you for teaching me to dream”

 

Beyoncé

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“Being pregnant was very much like falling in love. You are so open. You are so overjoyed. There’s no words that can express having a baby growing inside of you so, of course, you want to scream it out and tell everyone.” – Beyoncé

Baby Born at 23 Weeks lives

His hand was so tiny that he could barely hold his mother’s little finger.

Yet somehow premature baby Lucas Georgiou, pictured here at one week old in intensive care, clung to life.

He had been born at 23 weeks and weighed just 1lb 8oz. Doctors gave him only a one in four chance of survival.

Lucas Georgiou, pictured here with mother Tracy, weighed just 1lb 8oz when he was born at 23 weeks on April 29

Lucas Georgiou, pictured here with mother Tracy, weighed just 1lb 8oz when he was born at 23 weeks on April 29

Yesterday, however, four months after his birth and four days before his due date, his parents Tracy and Costa Georgiou were allowed to take him home for the first time.

‘The doctors say Lucas is a real-life miracle,’ said Mrs Georgiou. ‘We have watched him grow in his incubator, when it should have been happening in my womb. Now I’m ecstatic to be taking him home. Winning the lottery couldn’t top how we feel now.’

Their ordeal began on April 29 when Mrs Georgiou, 31, a carer who has two older children, began bleeding heavily while at her cousin’s.

She feared history was repeating itself – eight months earlier she had lost a daughter, whom they named Sophia, at 18 weeks because of a rare condition in which the placenta becomes detached from the womb, causing a life-threatening haemorrhage.

Mrs Georgiou, of Liverpool, was taken to the city’s Women’s Hospital where doctors said they needed to deliver her new baby immediately.

‘I went into shock,’ she said. ‘My cousin saved mine and Lucas’s life by acting quickly to call an ambulance and talking to staff on the phone about how to stem the bleeding while I was drifting in and out of consciousness.’

Doctors had given him just a one in four chance of survval. Yet somehow premature Lucas , pictured here at one week old in intensive care, clung to life

Doctors had given him just a one in four chance of survval. Yet somehow premature Lucas , pictured here at one week old in intensive care, clung to life

Lucas was delivered by caesarean section, only a week before the legal limit for abortion. Mrs Georgiou lost the equivalent of all the blood in her body and needed repeated transfusions to save her life

Lucas was delivered by caesarean section, only a week before the legal limit for abortion. Mrs Georgiou lost the equivalent of all the blood in her body and needed repeated transfusions to save her life

Lucas was delivered by caesarean section, only a week before the legal limit for abortion. Mrs Georgiou lost the equivalent of all the blood in her body and needed repeated transfusions to save her life.

She spent 24 hours in intensive care with her husband, a 36-year-old chef, by her bedside. He had no idea if his wife or son would survive.

After three days, she came round to learn her son had been born and was able to go and see him in his incubator.

Now, four months after his birth and four days before his due date, his parents Tracy and Costa Georgiou were allowed to take him home for the first time

Now, four months after his birth and four days before his due date, his parents Tracy and Costa Georgiou were allowed to take him home for the first time

At six weeks he had an operation to mend an open valve in his heart, then last month he had an eye operation to prevent him going blind.

Mrs Georgiou said they knew he might not survive the heart operation, adding: ‘But he did and it was a turning point. Every hour, every minute, every second counted.’

Lucas is now a healthy 5lb 3oz and Mrs Georgiou said that after months of looking at him in his incubator, she could not wait to see him in his own cot for the first time.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2390517/Baby-born-23-weeks-thriving-Tiny-Lucas-given-just-chance-survival–home-days-date.html#ixzz3xIwcP9TZ
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A Baby at 18 Weeks

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Charity Tanner woke up in the middle of the night realizing that something was dreadfully wrong. She was beginning to have contractions that kept getting more regular and more painful as they came. With a sinking heart, she feared that her precious baby of only 18 weeks gestation was getting ready to be born, but much too early to survive.

The 30-year-old married mother of two roused her husband Matt, telling him she needed to get to the hospital at once. The parents did not have anyone who could come over on such short notice to watch their sleeping kids. Matt woke 8-year-old Ryan and his 5-year-old sister Caylee and quickly loaded them, still wearing their pajamas, into the car.

They were now speeding on their way to the hospital. Flashing through Charity’s mind in between intense contractions and extreme nausea was the series of events that had brought them to this unexpected and unplanned-for moment.

It was only two months ago in March 2015 that she and Matt had joyfully announced to their children the coming of another member of the family. The parents, who eagerly welcomed this new life, had given their kids a gift bag with baby socks, swaddling blankets, and a framed ultrasound picture, asking them to guess what the items meant.

“Baby stuff,” said Ryan in a video Charity filmed of the event. “You’re pregnant,” he asked with a grin, flashing his eyebrows in anticipation.

A month later, the bleeding started.

“I was basically bleeding non-stop. It was just getting heavier as the days passed,” Charity told LifeSiteNews in an exclusive interview by phone.

Doctors told Charity that she had a complication called placenta previa in which her baby’s placenta had attached to the wrong place in her uterus, covering her cervix. They told her that in many cases, the problem often corrected itself, and that in worst cases, they might have to do an emergency cesarian section once the baby made it to at least 24 weeks, at which point the baby would have a good chance of surviving.

“The doctors did not understand why I kept bleeding, and bleeding, and bleeding,” she said.

At one point during a trip to her obstetrics clinic, a doctor she had never seen before told Charity that one way to stop the bleeding would be to “terminate” the pregnancy.

“He told me they had seen this kind of thing before and I might just keep bleeding and risk having something happen to me, or I had the option to terminate.”

Charity remembers being shocked with how casually the option to have her child killed had been offered.

“My husband and I were like, ‘No that’s not even an option.’ There was nothing at all wrong with this baby. He was perfect. He was completely, perfectly, and beautifully formed. I was going to do everything in my power to keep him alive,” she said.

Charity remembered thinking at that time that abortion simply wasn’t a choice that she felt was hers to make.

“My baby had its own life, its own beating heart, and was alive and had potential. Taking all that away was not something I could do,” she said.

Prior to conceiving this baby, both Charity and Matt had dreamed vivid dreams of having a little boy who would bring something special into their family. That’s why as soon as they found out they were expecting, they were both certain they were having a boy…

‘Something special’

The car had now reached the hospital. Charity, who was unable to walk due to intense pain, was lifted by Matt into a wheelchair. She was quickly wheeled into a room where she was tended to by nurses and a doctor. An ultrasound showed that the baby had already descended and was ready to be born.

Charity remembers a doctor telling her to push.

“But I didn’t want to push, because I just wanted him to be OK, and that meant him staying inside me,” she said.

But nature took its course, and within moments a tiny fragile baby, still wrapped in his protective amniotic sac, was born.

Everyone in the room assumed the baby had been born dead since an ultrasound prior to birth had hardly been able to pick up a heartbeat. After the birth, a nurse had whisked the remains away and opened up the amniotic sac. She asked if Charity and Matt wanted to see the body. They said they did.

Filled with the deepest of sorrows, the parents beheld the beautifully formed body of their little baby. He had tiny fingers and toes. His eyes, ears, nose, and mouth were all perfectly formed. They saw that indeed he was a boy.

Tiny red veins could been seen running throughout his almost transparent body. His skin was so moist and delicate that it started sticking to the blanket in which they had him wrapped. A nurse came and laid him on plastic to help protect his skin.

As the parents cuddled the body of their son, gazing upon his unique features, they suddenly saw that his chest was rising and falling and that his little heart was beating within his body. A nurse told them it was most likely only electrical impulses. But Charity and Matt felt a presence and saw these as signs of life. They were so amazed by what they saw that they captured it on video.

Charity believes that God granted her family a few precious moments to be together with their living son so they could say ‘hello’ to him and then bid him ‘farewell’ until they would meet again. They knew their time with him was going to be short.

“At first it was just Matt and me with the baby. So, we had our little time with him. Seeing my husband with him was probably the hardest moment for me, because I love my husband so much and he had so desired to have this boy. I wanted so badly to be able to give that to him,” Charity recalled.

Matt went to Ryan and Caylee in a waiting room nearby where they were being looked after by nurses to tell them that the baby had been born, but that he had come too early to survive for very long.

“He told me later that when he said this, their faces just dropped,” Charity said.

Eventually the signs of life faded away and the little boy’s chest grew still. After spending several hours together in the hospital, his remains were delivered to a funeral home in preparation for burial. With the help of a friend, Charity made a little white outfit for him in which he was buried a few days later.

‘Love and respect’

Charity and Matt, who are Christians, believe they will see Jaxon again. They told their children that he is in heaven with God and that he is there waiting for the day when they will all be reunited again.

“I always tell the kids that he’s watching over them. Our faith tells us that we’re all going to see him again someday. We believe that our family is going to be able to be together forever with each other in heaven,” Charity said.

Charity related that while there was much sadness in the family in the days following Jaxon’s birth, death, and burial, there were also unexpectedly lighter moments. One week after the passing, Ryan approached her, asking “Mom, you’re going to be able to see Jaxon before we do, aren’t you?”

The kids came into the delivery room, eager to see their little brother and, at the same time, sad to know that they had come to say good-bye.

For about half an hour, the family simply loved the little boy, holding him tenderly and caressing him gently with soft sweet kisses.

“It was a really peaceful experience that at least we were able to be together as a family with our little boy just that one time,” Charity said. “This was something special that we will cherish forever.”

They named him Jaxon.

“There was definitely this overwhelming sadness at the time, but when I look back on this, I’m so glad my children were there and got to see and hold their brother. Jaxon is real to them. They still talk about him all the time. To them, he’s still their little brother, even though he didn’t make it,” she said.

To which she replied with a teary smile: “I sure hope I get to see him before you do. I couldn’t bear going through another one of you dear children dying.”

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The Tanner’s grief was still fresh when just weeks later undercover videos showed evidence that Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, was involved in the illegal harvesting and selling of baby body parts. Some of the unborn victims terminated by abortionists at Planned Parenthood would have been the same — and even older — gestational age as Jaxon. Graphic footage in one video shows employees extracting perfectly formed organs from a 20-week-old aborted twin.

Charity hopes that the images and video of her gestational 18-week-old son will give a face to the countless babies who have been aborted at that age, the targets of violence and barbarity.

“I want to be able to show others that even at 18 weeks old, the pre-born baby is very much alive and very much a whole person.”

“I want people to see that even when they are the tiniest little babies like my Jaxon, they are real living breathing people who are precious and who deserve all our love and respect. They are just as much a person as anybody else is,” she said.

Editor’s note: Had Charity’s pregnancy carried through, Jaxon would have be born around this time, in September, 2015.  With thanks to www.lifesitenews.com

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