Thursday, 1 December 2016

Catholic Herald: Ireland’s happy pro-life warriors

Catholic Herald: Ireland’s happy pro-life warriors

by Cora Sherlock

"And then there’s the fact that the mainstream media downplays or even ignores anything that doesn’t suit a pro-choice narrative. For example, the videos released by David Daleiden on practices at Planned Parenthood clinics were not covered in any real way by the media in Ireland. The public is kept in an information bubble where only some facts are deemed appropriate to release. When a woman from Ireland bled to death in the back of a taxi after having an abortion in a Marie Stopes clinic in London, her death did not warrant any level of reporting. There was no attempt to take the opportunity to question the myth of that infamous phrase, “free, safe and legal” abortion.

Given these challenges, it would be easy for pro-life supporters to become despondent, but happily, nothing could be further from the truth. There are a few reasons why this is the case.

First, they know how high the stakes are. Abortion is a life-and-death struggle, and for many people involved that 100,000 figure mentioned earlier translates to a grandchild who is starting school, or a niece learning to ride a bike, or a sibling making plans for college – a treasured family member who is alive thanks to a culture that did not allow abortion to be introduced and normalised.

Second, they know that the vast majority of people in Ireland don’t want to see abortion on demand introduced and that is the only logical outcome of repealing the Eighth Amendment. There is no such thing as “restrictive abortion” and some pro-choice campaigners even admit this when pressed."

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