Feminists For Life mark International Women’s Day at Dáil Éireann
8th March 2013
The Vice President of Feminists For Life of America, Sally A Winn was in Ireland this week and teamed up with a number of women to mark International Women’s Day at an awareness event outside Dáil Éireann yesterday.
Speaking at the event ,Ms. Winn said: “International Women’s week is a perfect time to recognise the universal truth that abortion is not a solution, but merely a symptom of a greater problem. Abortion masks the unmet needs of women and allows society to turn their backs on any responsibility to women.”
She said “Abortion will do nothing to address the mental health needs women may be challenged with. Instead we need holistic, women-centered solutions. Together we must stand in solidarity and refuse to choose between women and their children, because women deserve better than abortion.”
Mary McConalogue with Sally Winn of Feminists For Life of America at Dáil Éireann yesterday
Mary McConalogue of Women’s Initiative For Life said the Government’s plan to legislate for abortion in Ireland “completely disregards the expert evidence at the recent Oireachtas Hearings on abortion”.
She said: “It is inconceivable that the Government would press ahead with legislation for abortion on grounds that are not evidence-based but could in fact put women’s lives at risk.
“The review published earlier this week by psychiatrists at the Mater Hospital, examining the records from the three Dublin maternity hospitals over a 60 year period, found that no woman died by suicide because she was pregnant. Yet the Government is proposing to bring in abortion on a ‘threat of suicide’ ground – the very ground which has opened the door to wide-ranging abortion in other countries. Women deserve better than this.“As we mark International Women’s Day this week, it is interesting to note that more women than men support legal protection for the unborn child as shown in the recent poll by Millward Brown, commissioned by the Pro Life Campaign. The findings showed that 64% of women supported protection for the unborn as opposed to 62% of men.”
Fiona Hodge and Caitríona Heffernan at the awareness event at Dáil Éireann.