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Ceiliúradh Cois Life – Annual dinner for pro-life education

 

We are delighted to announce the date and special guest speaker for the 2019 annual Ceiliúradh Cois Life dinner for pro-life education.

The event will take place in the Clayton Hotel, Burlington Road, Dublin 4 on Saturday, 22nd June 2019 at 7pm.

Our special guest speaker this year will be Elma Walsh, founder of the Donal Walsh #LiveLife Foundation.

Based in Kerry, the #LiveLife foundation grew after the death of Elma and Finbarr Walsh’s son Donal, who passed away after a long and brave battle with cancer in 2013.  Through his appearance on The Saturday Night Show, his fundraising and his writing – in particular on the topics of teenage suicide and the value of life –  Donal Walsh made a deep impact on his peers, local community and nationally.
The Walsh family set up #LiveLife primarily to promote Donal’s anti-suicide message, but it also assists in providing age-appropriate teenage facilities in hospitals and hospice care centres.  Elma carries on Donal’s legacy and speaks publicly about his message of life, faith and hope regularly at educational and faith events around Ireland.

As well as being an opportunity to introduce people to the pro-life cause, it’s also a great occasion to catch up with friends and fellow volunteers who you’ve been canvassing with in the lead up to the Local and European Elections, along with those who you collaborated with during the referendum campaign.

Please help us make this the biggest Ceiliúradh Cois Life ever by booking a table of ten (at a cost of €1,000). To do so, please email info@prolifecampaign.ie or telephone (01) 662 9275

We are very grateful for sponsorship for the event this year from Sallux, an assocation that acts as a political foundation for the European Christian Political Movement (ECPM)*

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

Dr. Ruth Cullen,

Pro Life Campaign

 

Former Taoiseach John Bruton addressing the 2018 Ceiliúradh Cois Life

 

 

*Disclaimer:

Since 2011, the activities of Sallux have been financially supported by the European Parliament. The liability for any communication or publication by Sallux, in any form and any medium, rests with Sallux. The European Parliament is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information contained therein. 

 

 

 


25.05.19 The harsh truth about Repeal – babies who otherwise would be here today have had their lives ended

Pro Life Campaign volunteers taking a stand for life on Grafton Street this morning marking anniversary of the repeal of Eighth Amendment

 

The Pro Life Campaign have said that “behind all the celebratory talk about ‘choice’ and ‘liberation’ lies the cold clinical reality of what repeal has meant for hundreds of defenceless unborn babies.”

Speaking at an event on Grafton Street in Dublin marking the first anniversary of repeal of the Eighth Amendment, Maeve O’Hanlon of the Pro Life Campaign said:

“The harsh truth of repeal is that babies who otherwise would be here today have had their lives ended.

“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.

She said:

“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 and how they even refused to insert a provision into the new law that would have ensured pain relief is administered to unborn babies before late term abortions. It’s simply astonishing that the Government turned down this simple humane amendment.

On the issue of morale in the pro-life movement following the referendum, she said:

“The pro-life movement approaches the first anniversary of the referendum with both profound sadness and renewed determination.

“But far from being discouraged, 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. Responsibly and persistently, we will fight on to ensure the truth gets out about the kind of abortion regime this Fine Gael-led government has introduced. You only have to look at what’s happening in other countries to see that this battle is far from over.”

ENDS


10.05.2019: Irish abortion rate will have almost trebled in one year, if estimates correct — PLC

 

The Pro Life Campaign has described as “a devastating tragedy” the estimate that 800-900 abortions a month are being carried out in Ireland since the dismantling of the Eighth Amendment and the new law took effect.
The claim that this number of abortions is taking place has been made by the group START which represents around 250 doctors who facilitate abortions.

Commenting on START’s estimates, Pro Life Campaign spokesperson Maeve O’Hanlon said: “Rather than being horrified at the number of abortions taking place, these medics are complaining that additional changes are needed to facilitate even more abortions. It is stunning how the goal posts keep shifting without any scrutiny or hard questions being asked. The public were misled every step of the way during the referendum campaign when they were told abortion would be restrictive in the event of the Eighth Amendment being repealed. But now the sad truth is starting to emerge. Pro-life campaigners were accused of scaremongering but based on the latest estimates, if anything, they underestimated what would happen.

“Factoring in the number of abortion pills previously bought online and the drop in the number of Irish women travelling to England for abortions, 800-900 abortions per month would still represent an almost trebling of Ireland’s abortion rate or over 11,000 abortions in one year. If this turns out to be true, it is a devastating tragedy and a huge indictment on the Government for all the misleading statements made during the referendum campaign and the refusal to support positive alternatives to abortion. Health Minister Simon Harris closed his eyes and ears to everyone who warned what would likely happen.

“The pro-life movement is bruised but not beaten after last year’s referendum. We are hugely encouraged at the way pro-life volunteers remain committed given the setback that happened. Responsibly and persistently, we will fight on to ensure the truth gets out about the kind of abortion regime this Fine Gael-led government has introduced. You only have to look at what’s happening in other countries to see that this battle is far from over.”

 


Presidential Election 2018 – Where do the candidates stand on abortion?

The Presidential Election will take place on Friday, 26th October 2018. Please find below a short summary on where the candidates stand on abortion.

Peter Casey
Peter Casey says that he is opposed to “liberal abortion” but would sign the abortion bill into law.
Gavin Duffy 
Gavin Duffy has stated that he voted Yes to repeal the 8th amendment and introduce legal abortion in Ireland.
Joan Freeman
Joan Freeman has said that she is opposed to abortion and voted No in the referendum in May, but that she would sign the abortion bill into law.
Sean Gallagher
When he ran for President in 2011, Sean Gallagher said that he was opposed to abortion, but has since revealed that he voted to repeal the 8th amendment and introduce legal abortion in Ireland.
President Michael D. Higgins:
Michael Higgins has a long track record in support of legal abortion in Ireland, and opposed the 8th Amendment as far back as 1983.
Liadh Ní Riada
Liadh Ní Riada supports legalised abortion and is a member of Sinn Féin, who are currently campaigning to introduce abortion in Northern Ireland.

14.04.17: Ben Scallan talks about the Eighth Amendment on LIFE FM

 

Our spokeperson Ben Scallan recently spoke to LIFE FM about why he thinks the Eighth Amendment should remain in the Constitution.  

You can listen back here


06.04.17: Katie Fenton responds to reports about pro-choice funding

 

 

Our spokesperson Katie Fenton recently spoke to RTE News, responding to reports that the Abortion Rights Campaign were obliged to return money to George Soros’ Open Society Foundation.  

You can listen back here


23.02.16: PLC not surprised by results of latest poll on abortion

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“When the stories from a pro-life perspective start to be heard, the polls will start to turn in a pro-life direction” – Sherlock

The Pro Life Campaign has said they are “not in the least bit surprised by the results of the latest poll on abortion given how one-sided the presentation of the issue is in the media at present.” The Ipsos MRBI poll which appears in today’s Irish Times states that 64% of those polled favour a referendum to dismantle the 8th Amendment, which provides the only remaining legal protection for the unborn child.

Commenting on today’s poll, Pro Life Campaign Deputy Chairperson Cora Sherlock said:

“We are not in the least bit surprised by the poll results given how one-sided the presentation of the issue is in the media at present. No politician or journalist could honestly say that the debate we are having is even remotely fair. The stories of women who regret their abortions are being shut out of the debate. So are the stories of families who came under intense pressure from medics to abort their child with a life limiting condition but refused.”

Ms Sherlock said: “The way the issue is being presented in the media is shaping up to become a big story in itself. Giving prominent coverage to five or six pro-choice stories a week with no balancing pro-life voice is not a debate; it is nothing more than straightforward campaigning. For pro-choice groups to then feign surprise when a poll emerges showing support for their position is just another part of the sham debate. When the stories from a pro-life perspective start to be heard, the polls will start to turn in a pro-life direction.”

ENDS


Cora Sherlock on The Last Word 08-02-16

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Cora Sherlock, Deputy Chairperson of the ProLife campaign was on the Last Word with Matt Cooper, Today FM last week. She was discussing calls to repeal the 8th Amendment in the context on the upcoming general election. You can listen back to it by following this link.


PLC launches Month For Life 2015

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The Pro Life Campaign’s MonthForLife for October 2015 gets underway today, 1st October.

The aim of of the MonthForLife which runs from 1st – 31st October is to inform and educate the public on the pro-life issue  and motivate supporters all over Ireland.

A range of activities and events have been organised with the highlight being the Pro Life Campaign National Conference on 10th October at the RDS, Dublin 4.  You can read more and register here

A social media campaign including encouraging pro-life supporters to adopt the MonthForLife avatar in the colour of their choice will also commence today.

Please enter these events in your diary right away.  If you want any further details on any of the below or wish to register your interest, get in touch by email to: info@prolifecampaign.ie

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1st October:  Online Month For Life campaign commences

 10th October: Pro Life Campaign National Conference 2014.  1 -4.30pm in RDS Concert Hall, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4.  Followed by evening dinner with speakers, spokespeople and friends.  Register instantly here

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 13th October: Coffee and get together in Carraroe, Co. Galway at 10.30am

14th October:
The Eighth Amendment – Ireland’s Life Equality Amendment’ – Public meeting in Portlaoise, Co. Laois at Heritage Hotel Portlaoise at 7.30pm

15th October: ‘The Eighth Amendment – Ireland’s Life Equality Amendment’ – Public meeting in Bray, Co. Wicklow  at Esplanade Hotel, Bray at 8pm

23rd October: Social evening for volunteers and friends of Pro Life Campaign/Galway For Life in Galway.  Start time 8pm

28th October: ‘The Eighth Amendment – Ireland’s Life Equality Amendment’ – Public meeting in Killarney, Co. Kerry at the Malton Hotel at 7.30pm

30th October:  
Social evening for volunteers and friends of Pro Life Campaign in Dublin.  Start time 8pm.

7th November: PLC Academy:  Youth Human Rights Advocacy Workshop in Dublin. 10 – 4pm.

For more information on any of the above or to help promote events in your area, email us on info@prolifecampaign.ie


05.08.15: Latest graphic videos show Planned Parenthood technicians “rifling through identifiable baby body parts”, says PLC

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The Pro Life Campaign today said that the most recent video to emerge from the undercover investigation carried out by the Centre for Medical Progress into Planned Parenthood shows that the organisation’s employees are fully aware that the abortion procedure involves the ending of unborn human lives.

Commenting on the latest footage, spokesperson Sinead Slattery said:

“The fifth video to emerge is almost too gruesome to watch.  We witness a medical director at Planned Parenthood describing the doctors are prepared to “get creative” and “adjust the procedure” used so as to have the best chance of procuring “intact fetuses” for research purposes.  This not only shows an almost unbelievable level of cruelty and disregard for the humanity of the unborn baby but it also shows that Planned Parenthood is prepared to be utterly ruthless in its treatment of women who approach them for abortions.

“Later on in the same video, the undercover “buyers” are taken to a laboratory so that they can be shown the “quality” of the fetal body parts on offer. After first being told by one employee that “we had a really long day and they’re all mixed up together in a bag”, the remains of an unborn twin at 20 weeks are produced.  A number of body parts are clearly identifiable, including an arm and hand with developed fingers.”

She continued:

“This latest piece of footage echoes the barbarism of the fourth video to emerge, where viewers witnessed the horror of a Planned Parenthood employee cracking the skull of the remains of an unborn baby.  In that video too, legs and arms were identified and the doctor in question remarked at one point, “It’s a baby”, and again, “And another boy!” There can be no doubt in anyone’s mind that these doctors are fully aware that they are ending the lives of human beings before rifling through their remains which are then sold on all over the country.

“These videos leave the viewer feeling sickened at the cruelty and disregard for human live that is on display. In Ireland we must also add a sense of anger at the fact that, apart from a few instances, the videos have been all but ignored by the mainstream media. What must happen before they are commented on by those who are normally so vocal when the issue of abortion is raised in this country? The Irish public deserves to hear about these videos and the reality of the abortion industry,” she concluded.

ENDS