They don’t want to see the 8th repealed!

The 8th Amendment

Several groups of volunteers have been traveling around the country to share their ideas about protecting life, on the LoveBoth Tour. Here are two of their testimonies.

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“When you turn on the radio or the TV and they’re discussing the abortion issue, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the majority of the country wanted to see the repeal of the 8th Amendment. It can be a little disheartening at times, when you can recognise the lies being spread in the name of ‘choice’. However, the Love Both tour has opened my eyes to what the public really think about abortion in Ireland. I’ve done the Galway tour and the weekly outreach sessions in Dublin, and honestly, I loved both!
It’s only when you talk to people directly that you see how they really feel about the issue: the majority of people I’ve spoken to about the issue don’t actually want to see the 8th Amendment repealed!
In Galway, there were, of course, those who didn’t want to hear the pro-life side of the debate, but even in the city we got a lot of people coming up to us with words of encouragement and support. When we did outreach in Dublin, we were greeted with an overwhelming openness and the majority of people we met were either pro-life or at the very least, open to hearing our side of the debate.
Going up to talk to people about the pro-life message is never the easiest thing to do at the start, but helping out with the LoveBoth tour is a great way to get involved and meet some incredible people. The work is good and the craic is mighty! Sign up to get involved – you won’t regret it!”
By Roger Theodore Berkeley

The future of the world

“Getting to canvass in Galway as part of the LoveBoth Summer Tour was an absolutely unreal experience. It seems daunting at first given the uncertainty about what to expect, whether people will give out to you, or whether they’ll acknowledge your existence at all.
The truth of the matter is that the cause we’re fighting for is much greater than any setback.
Thinking in those terms helped me overlook any displeasing comments, and pushed me to make a greater effort to engage with people in the street. Another factor that really boosted my confidence was to think of the many people I had come across who were pro-life themselves, and who had thanked me and the Pro Life Campaign for some fantastic work. They’d shout out a “fair play to ye! Ye will keep Ireland great with the 8th! Go raibh maith agat, folks!”.
All in all, I’m extremely glad I did this, I’ve learnt a lot, and I know I have not only served Ireland and its future, but the future of the world.”
By Al Byrne

Imagine an Ireland where every human being is welcomed

pregnant women in Ireland

Imagine an Ireland where every human being is welcomed, regardless of ability, gender, race or circumstance. Imagine an Ireland where pregnant women are empowered, by receiving the support they need to handle any difficult situation that they may face during their pregnancy. Imagine an Ireland where the most vulnerable and voiceless in society are treated with equal dignity.

How to build a society which supports pregnant women

The Love Both Project was formed with an aim of making this Ireland a reality. We want to show people how we can build a society which supports pregnant women and families who may be facing unplanned pregnancies or difficult pre-natal diagnoses. It is also our aim to deliver suitable accommodation for the 20 plus pregnant women who are tragically sleeping rough on the streets of Irish cities every night. This all starts with accepting the value of each human being regardless of age, dependency, gender, ability, race, status in society or circumstance.

To achieve this type of society for both mothers and babies, respect for all human rights is vital. At the moment, the focus of our work has to be the defence of the 8th Amendment to the Irish Constitution, which safeguards the right to life of women and unborn children.

It is hard to imagine a right more fundamental than the right to life. An actuarial report published in September 2016 has shown that over 100,000 lives have been saved in the last two decades, thanks to the 8th Amendment. That is 1 in 50 people, or the entire population of Kilkenny. More than likely, we all know someone who is alive today because of the 8th. These people continue to contribute to Irish society, simply because they received the chance to be born.

“If I had local access to an abortion…”

Countless woman around Ireland credit the lives of their children to the 8th Amendment. One such woman is Emma from Co. Kildare, who experienced an unplanned pregnancy. She says, “I often think if I had local access to an abortion when I was feeling vulnerable, I could have easily made a decision that I would have regretted later”. Her beautiful boy Rossa is now thriving and full of life. Thanks to the protection he received from the 8th Amendment.

Another aim of the Love Both Project is to end discrimination against unborn babies who have received the diagnose of life-limiting conditions. Many people are shocked to learn that in the UK, 90% of babies diagnosed with Down Syndrome in the womb are aborted. Denmark as set the goal to become a Down Syndrome free country by 2030. Abortion is the only way to achieve it. We want to be a truly compassionate and loving society. That is why we need to continue to improve the quality of life of people with intellectual and physical disabilities.

Over the next few years, the Love Both Project has received the support from the generous Irish public. And it will continue to promote the protection of both mothers and babies throughout and after pregnancy. The first way to achieve this is by protecting the 8th Amendment. After all, without the right to life, aren’t all other rights meaningless?