By Cian Molloy - 27 May, 2019
The Pro-Life Campaign staged a demonstration on Grafton Street on Saturday to mark the first anniversary of the repeal of the Eighth Amendment.
“The harsh truth of repeal is that babies who otherwise would be here today have had their lives ended,” said PLC campaigner Maeve O’Hanlon.
“In the past 12 months the true nature of what the Government has introduced has become starkly and unavoidably clear. Instead of ‘safe, legal and rare’, we now know that the estimated numbers of abortions point to a significant increase.
“The Pro-Life Campaign are constantly hearing from people who say they voted Yes for the ‘hard cases’, but are now appalled at the way the Government keeps pushing abortion.”
Ms O’Hanlon said that people are astonished that the Government refused an amendment to abortion law that would have allowed pain relief to be administered to children killed in late-term procedures.
“The Pro-Life Movement approaches the first anniversary of the referendum with both profound sadness and renewed determination,” she said.
“We have witnessed a resurgence among those who are committed to the advancement of genuine care for both mothers and babies. This week we launched a nationwide billboard campaign to rally practical and meaningful support for mothers and their unborn babies, and to encourage the Government to provide positive alternatives to women in unplanned pregnancy and their families.
“We are bruised but not beaten after last year’s referendum,” Ms O’Hanlon said.