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’.
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