Abortion Rights group launches “Choice for Christmas” campaign
16 December 2016
The perfect way to get in the Christmas spirit.
The London-Irish Abortion Rights Campaign has launched a new campaign called #choiceforxmas - in which they call upon people travelling home to Ireland for Christmas to photograph their luggage to support women "who are forced to travel to England from Ireland for access to safe abortion treatment".
The women's magazine Marie-Claire has published a piece promoting the campaign entitled "Here's what you can do this Christmas to campaign for free, safe and legal abortion in Ireland". It uncritically reports poll findings published by Amnesty International, a major promoter of abortion in Ireland.
Siobhan Fenton, spokesperson for London-Irish ARC says, "Christmas is such a happy time for me. I miss my family, I miss the country, so arriving at the terminal and hearing the accents, everyone laughing and joking, I already feel like I’m home. But knowing that, if I was pregnant, I would be afraid to go back there is a really tough thing to even think about. What if something went wrong? Would I be able to get out quickly enough? My life doesn't seem to matter to my own community, and the law backs that up."
Alithea Williams, SPUC's communications officer, said "There's something particularly distasteful about hijacking Christmas, which celebrates the birth of a child, to push for the legalised killing of children in Ireland. Christmas is a time for celebrating life, including the 100,000 lives that have been saved by Ireland's pro-life laws."
SPUC makes submission to the Irish Citizens Assembly
SPUC has today made its submission to the Citizens' Assembly, where the Eighth Amendment, which protects the equal right to life of the mother and the unborn child, is being discussed.
SPUC calls on members of the Assembly to reject any attempts to legalise the killing of unborn children and to demand the full restoration of the protection intended by the Irish people when the Eighth Amendment was first adopted.
Patrick Buckley, SPUC's representative in Ireland, said "During the 1983 referendum campaign, the Society worked alongside the Irish pro-life movement for the adoption of the Eighth Amendment. We are now compelled to make this submission in order to present a robust defence of that amendment. We object in the strongest terms possible to any attempt to undermine or circumvent it, either by limiting the degree of protection it provides to individual unborn children or the scope of its application in Irish law."
Read the full press release.