Friday, 18 February 2011

Ireland United for Life calls for absolute protection for unborn children in election appeal

Ireland United for Life is an alliance of over thirty cross-community groups, together with Dana Rosemary Scallon and Kathy Sinnott, both former members of the European Parliament (MEPs). Today the alliance held a press conference in Dublin at which they said:
"[W]e can and will only vote for parties and individual candidates who publicly pledge commitment to defend human life at all stages and we urge all concerned voters to do likewise."
To that end, they have called upon all political parties, party leaders and election candidates to sign the following pledge:
"to defend human life at all stages, from conception until natural death and that if elected - :
  • They will not dismantle Ireland’s Constitution and will maintain the people’s sovereign and democratic right, in final appeal, to decide all questions of national policy according to the requirements of the common good.
  • They will respect and uphold the Constitutional right of the Irish people to decide on Ireland’s unique pro-life status.
  • They will not legislate for abortion and will absolutely oppose any attempt by unelected judges from the European Court of Human Rights, (ECHR) to usurp the Constitutional right of the Irish people to decide on abortion."
Ireland United for Life
"urges all voters to vote only for candidates and parties who support this pledge"
Liam Gibson, representing SPUC Northern Ireland development officer, and Patrick Buckley, representing European Life Network, participated in the press conference and endorsed the message from Ireland United for Life. Pictured are (left to right):
  • Pat Buckley
  • Bernadette Smyth (director, Precious Life, Northern Ireland)
  • Kathy Sinnott
  • Dana Rosemary Scallon
  • Liam Gibson.
Among the speakers at the press conference were:
The moderator was Dr Eimear Thornton.

Grave concern was expressed at the Labour Party threat to introduce abortion if it forms part of a future government.

I totally endorse the message of Ireland United for Life. I also urge readers to scrutinise closely any election-time messages on pro-life issues - especially any emanating from the Catholic bishops of Ireland - for any deviations from the upholding of the absolute protection for all unborn children, inside or outside the womb, guaranteed by the Irish Constitution.

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