Government excluding pro-life voices, gathering at Dáíl hears

A pro-life gathering at Dáil Éíreann has  heard that it is “inexcusable” for the government to continue to exclude pro-life voices during  the three year review of Ireland’s abortion laws. 

Independent TD Carol Nolan told the event organised by the Pro-Life Campaign that it was “wholly unacceptable for the Minister for Health to repeatedly meet with pro-abortion groups for their views on what should happen as part of the review, while refusing to meet with pro-life representatives.”

The 3-year review has been criticised as being stacked with abortion supporters, with he Life Institute and other advocacy groups describing the process as a whitewash.

Saturday’s event gathered at University Church in St Stephen’s Green before proceeding on the footpath to the Dáil, where it was addressed by Senator Sharon Keogan, Dr Brendan Crowley, Autumn Lindsey of Students for Life of America, and others.

Dr Crowley was sharply critical of the abortion law which he said “forces all doctors to engage in non-evidence based practices which consistently end the life of one patient, and is often very harmful to women.”

“It very directly and intentionally forces doctors to radically violate their conscience and their most basic principles,” he asserted.

The pro-life group said: “the Government knows it cannot justify the exclusion of pro-life voices but it’s our responsibility to bring this issue to a head and insist on being included in the decision making process so we can work towards reducing the abortion rate.”

 

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