What is the #LivesSaved tour all about? The answer is simple. Laws save lives. The 8th Amendment has saved 100,000 lives over the past two decades.
Thanks to the success of the LoveBoth #LivesSaved Tour, Irish people are finally hearing the moving, personal stories of women who faced a crisis pregnancy and whose babies owe their life to this life-saving law.
Stories just like Ruth, from Galway:
“I was 17 when I got pregnant. I was distraught. If abortion was available in Ireland it would have been so easy to go down that road. I wish I could have known then how my son Jack would turn out because there was nothing to be afraid of. He has changed our lives completely – in such a positive way. He was worth fighting for.”
Thousands of people are alive today because their mothers made a choice to continue with a crisis pregnancy. It was a choice that did not hurt either the mother or the baby. It was a choice that, truly, they could both live with for the rest of their lives. This is ‘real choice’. This is the message that the LoveBoth tour is bringing to every corner of Ireland. We think it’s a message worth celebrating.
LoveBoth spokesperson Katie Ascough said the campaign has been a widespread success because its message is upbeat and positive. It’s a message that fully respects women and babies.
The LoveBoth message is simple: the solution to a crisis pregnancy is to end the crisis, not the pregnancy. Babies are the most vulnerable and innocent of members of society and they need society’s protection. And offering women ‘choice’ in the form of abortion is not doing what is best for women or their babies.
“Our message is simple: if Ireland had abortion at a similar rate to other European countries over the past 20 years, an estimated 100,000 people would not be alive today – that’s the population of Kilkenny. What other law in Ireland can you point to that has saved that many lives?”, said Katie.
Let’s vote to keep the 8th Amendment and make a choice we can all live with.