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Irish referendum: Stand up for protection for both women and unborn children

Life charity is calling on the people of Ireland to stand up for protection of both women and unborn babies as they vote today on whether to repeal the Eighth Amendment.

The Eighth amendment recognises the equal right to life of the mother and the unborn baby and only allows for abortion where the mother’s life is at risk.

Irishwoman and Director of Life Education Anne Scanlan said “Today’s crucial vote provides us with another opportunity, as we demonstrated 35 years ago, that the people of Ireland truly believe in the equal right to life of all human beings. We recognise the power, wealth, political and social influence of the international abortion industry. In over four decades of legal abortions, it has, with impunity, twisted, abused and trampled on the laws of the UK in order to rake in over £100M a year and deliver abortions at the rate of one every three minutes. In the termination of nine million unborn lives since 1967, far from protecting women, it has placed their health and safety at risk in the rush to maximise income.

“Today Ireland stands at the cross roads. It must choose between protection for mother and baby or whether to bring this nation which abhors discrimination in any form and which has stood for equal rights for all, under the political and economic influence of the powerful global abortion industry.

“We are fortunate to live in an information and technological age which opens a window on the womb. It shows us abortion up to 12 weeks for any reason, as proposed by the Varadkar administration, is really the termination of unborn children capable of jumping up and down in the womb and exhibiting a whole range of human behaviours.

“Let us recognise the humanity and the right to life of the unborn baby who has no voice in today’s referendum, and recognise as well the support that should be given to women to empower them to continue with their pregnancy. No woman should ever have to think, in modern Ireland, that the only way out of a crisis is to end the life of her child. Let us stand up for all pregnant women and their unborn children and vote NO to repealing the Eighth amendment.”