25th April 2011
Abortion advocacy group falsely claims support of other groups in UN Submission
The newly formed Your Rights Right Now group has made a submission to the UN which calls for abortion to be made available in Ireland.
A significant number of Irish non-governmental organisations have put their name to this submission, many of which appear to be unaware that their name is being used to promote abortion. Since the Pro Life Campaign and others have raised this issue, the following organisations have either withdrawn their endorsements or have confirmed that they didn't endorse the Submission;
Trócaire, Crosscare Migrant Project, the Vincentian Refugee Centre, A.C.T.S Transport, EFL Ireland, A.P.S., The National Council for the Blind, Social Inclusion Ireland, Integration and Support Unit for New Communities, Simon Communities of Ireland and the Somali Irish Friendship Association
Additionally, the Childrens Rights Alliance (an alliance of over 90 non-governmental organisations in Ireland) has stated that they do not support the call for abortion which is contained in Section 12 of the Submission.
However many other groups have yet to clarify their position.
It appears clear that the main organisers behind the Your Rights Right Now report are exploiting the goodwill of reputable organisations to further a pro-abortion agenda. However, given the fact that many of the organisations which are listed as endorsing the report are involved in separate areas of advocacy, we expect that there will be many more groups opting out of the report over the coming days.
We urge those who are interested in ensuring that a report prepared by an ideologically driven minority does not gain credibility to contact the endorsing organisations and request clarification on this matter.
The list of organisations which endorsed the report was removed from the Your Rights Right Now website on Wednesday 27th April after a number of groups contacted the authors seeking to withdraw their endorsements. However you can download the report here