Pro life 'no' vote courageous witness to the world
7 March 2002
Pro-life 'no' vote "courageous witness to the world" London, 7 March 2002--The UK's Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) has congratulated the coalition of more than 20 pro-life groups which campaigned for a 'no' vote in yesterday's Irish abortion referendum. John Smeaton, SPUC's national director, said: "They have given a courageous witness to the world that the right to life of unborn children is non-negotiable. Ireland's constitutional protection for the unborn remains intact. "Now is the time for all people of good will in Ireland to unite behind the continuing campaign to protect human embryos from destructive procedures and abortion-inducing drugs and devices, looking forward in particular to the forthcoming general election. "The referendum was presented as legitimising, among other things, the morning-after pill and other early abortion procedures. This has been rejected. "The Irish people were told by their leaders that, unless they voted for abortion on certain grounds, the government would legislate to allow abortion when a woman threatened suicide. Pro-life voters were right not to succumb to such blackmail. One may never do evil so that good may come of it."