Tuesday, 24th April 2018
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2,000 supporters of the 8th Amendment crowded into Grand Parade in Cork on Saturday afternoon to take part in the "Stand Up For Life" rally which was organised by LoveBoth.

The keynote speaker was Claire Culwell who shared her incredible story of how she survived the abortion that ended the life of her twin brother.

When her birth mother discovered she was pregnant, Claire’s grandmother took her for an abortion. A few weeks later, Claire’s mum discovered she was still pregnant and another attempt to abort Claire happened but the pregnancy had developed to a point where no doctor was prepared to carry it out. Claire was born shortly after that and was subsequently adopted.

She told the crowd:

"We need to work on putting life-saving alternatives to abortion in place so that woman don’t feel that they have no choice but to have an abortion when they find themselves unexpectedly pregnant. Women, their partners and their babies deserve better than abortion."

The event was also addressed by LoveBoth spokesperson and lawyer Caroline Simons who urged those in attendance to work hard over the next few weeks so that the referendum to repeal the 8th Amendment is defeated.

"We must acknowledge that repeal of the 8th Amendment would mean that Ireland would go from being a country that protected and respected unborn babies to one of the most extreme and unjust abortion regimes anywhere in the world," she said. "It’s a sad, stark fact that the government’s proposal is more extreme than England’s abortion law where 1 in every 5 babies are aborted."

"Those in government pushing repeal are asking us to accept a proposal that would allow unrestricted abortion for the first 3 months in pregnancy, a time when the baby’s heart is beating, the baby is growing fingernails, has facial features and is yawning and sucking his or her thumb in the womb. Repeal would mean handing the Government a blank cheque to change our abortion laws at any time in the future without ever having to consult the people again in a referendum."

Katie Ascough, who hosted the event, urged the crowd to stay focussed on the goal in hand. She said: "What each of us does in the next seven weeks will determine the kind of Ireland our children and grandchildren grow up in. It will determine whether Ireland continues to protect the right to life of unborn babies or abandons these protections in the false name of 'choice’."

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