Monday, 4 July 2011

Biggest-ever All-Ireland Rally for Life holds Irish government to account over abortion law

Pat Buckley, SPUC's man in Ireland, has blogged about the great success of Saturday's All-Ireland Rally for Life in Dublin (see YouTube video below). Official police figures numbered the rally at 8,000 participants, the largest number yet since the rally began 5 years ago. A pro-abortion counter-demonstration only attract a desultory 200 to 300 people. As is so often case regarding other pro-life marches in America and elsewhere, the media both grossly underestimated the pro-life numbers and downplayed the event's significance.

The rally's theme was "Enda, keep your pro-life promise", referring to prime minister Enda Kenny's pre-election promise not to legislate for abortion. Dana Rosemary Scallon, the veteran pro-life politician and friend of SPUC, was one of the keynote speakers, with shouts of "Dana for president" coming from the crowd.

Another of SPUC's Irish friends has alerted me to a radio interview last week (RTE Radio 1, 28 June) with Dr Michael Turner, professor of obstetrics and gynaecology at University College Dublin. The interviewer asked: "So you would say that Ireland is one of the safest places on the planet to have a baby?" Dr Turner replied: "It is, I’m pleased to report", describing it as "a tribute to the excellent care" provided in Irish hospitals. This is proof-positive that abortion is totally unnecessary for good maternal healthcare.

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