Don’t believe anyone who tells you that opposition to abortion in Ireland is not based in religion. Also, don’t believe anyone who tells you any of these anti-choice people give a damn about actual, real children.
The Irish Groups Opposing Abortion and the Rights of Living Children
1. The Life Institute: a Catholic organisation active in Ireland, is opposed to abortion. They also believe that sex before marriage is wrong and campaign to stop the life-saving cervical cancer vaccine being given to teenage girls. They have deliberately spread distortions and lies about the vaccine to try and scare parents from inoculating their children.
2. Youth Defence: a far right-wing Catholic organisation with a history of violence and speaking at fascist events. Niamh Ui Briain, “of the Life Institute” is one of the founders of Youth Defence.
3. The Family and Life Movement: currently engaged in a major online advertising campaign. They run a programme called “Educate for Life” in schools, where a team of speakers visit schools delivering a multi-media presentation on the development of the unborn baby.
4. Human Life International Ireland: right-wing Catholic organisation which has issued a “St. Michael archangel prayer for [the] downfall of “Children’s Rights referendum”.
5. The Iona Institute: a Catholic think-tank which “promotes the place of marriage and religion in society”. It opposes contraception, sex outside marriage, and civil partnership for gay people. The organisation has spoken out against the Children’s Referendum.
6. The Pro-Life Campaign: Describes itself as a non-denominational lobby group. Its website lists three people who are involved: Geraldine Martin runs a Catholic children’s charity. Legal advisor Caroline Simons has spoken on “pro-life and pro-family movements“ for Catholic TV stations. John O’Reilly, Secretary, was a prominent campaigner in Ireland’s 1983 abortion referendum and was involved in an organisation called “The Council of Social Concern“ which was closely connected to the Knights of Columbanus.
7. The Catholic Church: the Catholic Church backed the “Choose Life“ campaign, a month-long campaign of prayer and lobbying to keep abortion out of Ireland. In contrast, they have stayed silent on the Children’s Referendum, despite many calls for them to come out in support. Remember, this is the same organisation that systematically tortured, raped and abused of thousands of Irish children over many generations, and who continue to go to great lengths to conceal their crimes.
There is no convincing evidence that any statistically significant proportion of anti-abortion campaigners are not religiously motivated. And if there really is many secularists out there who feel that these voices don’t represent their anti-abortion or anti-referendum views, where are they?