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Dublin, Ireland, Jul 8, 2019 / 04:51 pm (CNA).- An estimated 10,000 Irish pro-life advocates attended the first major pro-life rally and march in Ireland since the country implemented permissive abortion legislation, with speakers emphasizing their determination to continue working to restore legal protections for unborn children.
The July 6 march began at Dublin’s Parnell Square and ended at the Customs House, where the All-Ireland Rally for Life took place.
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“The theme of the Rally was a call to ‘Stand For Life,’ because no vote, no piece of legislation, no referendum can ever make abortion right,” the rally organizing committee said July 6. “We were delighted to see people of all ages and all walks of life respond to that call.”
The event was organized by Life Institute, Precious Life and Youth Defence with the support of over 30 local pro-life groups.
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The Republic of Ireland’s constitution was amended in a 1983 national referendum to add a pro-life provision, the Eighth Amendment, recognizing the right to life of the unborn baby as equal to the mother’s right to life. Close to 67% of Irish voters approved the amendment.
In a May 25, 2018 referendum, over 66% of Irish voters repealed these protections. Irish legislators then enacted legislation allowing legal abortion in what had long been a Catholic and pro-life stronghold.
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Niamh Uí Bhriain, a spokeswoman for the Life Institute, told the July 6 rally that pro-life activists “will overturn what happened last May,” adding “we may have lost the Eighth referendum, but we are not defeated,” the state broadcaster RTE News reports.
Archbishop Eamon Martin of Armagh, the Primate of All Ireland, told media at the rally he wanted to “stand in solidarity” with those who believe that pregnancy means dealing with two lives: “the life of a mother and her unborn child – and both in...
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