The Pro Life Campaign (PLC) has rejected the Taoiseach's latest
reference to alleged intimidating or unpleasant contact from people
concerned about the Government's abortioon proposal, saying he is out to
demonise the pro-life movement.
“It’s interesting that the last time the Taoiseach complained of
harassing or unpleasant behaviour was just after the highly successful
Unite for Life vigil in January, said PLC spokesperson Cora Sherlock.
“Now the Taoiseach is making lurid claims again – just after the largest
ever pro-life demonstration in Ireland, the National Vigil for Life
“This is nothing more than spin designed to distract from the Bill.
It’s a disgusting attempt to demonise the pro-life movement rather than
debate the proposed legislation”, Ms Sherlock said.
“We remind him that pro-life people also suffer harassment. Only
last week people at the Pro Life Campaign received death threats.
Instead of issuing a press release, we reported it to the Gardai and we
would encourage the Taoiseach to do likewise. That way, he is not
putting ideas into the heads of other disturbed people who might
piggyback on this or any other campaign.
“We believe that the Taoiseach is trying to make capital out of this
situation, to distract from his highly dangerous and unjust abortion
proposal. We remind him that the real victims here are the unborn
children who will be vulnerable to abortion on request – and some at a
late term of pregnancy – on the basis of a threat of suicide. And the mothers, some of whom will suffer negative mental health consequences in the future as a result of their abortion.
"The Government is also trying to confuse people into thinking that
the proposed abortion legislation is restrictive," Ms. Sherlock said.
“The Taoiseach claimed today that the number of children who will
lose their lives every year will not rise above the 30 who die as a
result of necessary medical interventions. Is he saying that no
abortions will take place on the suicide ground? Who is advising him to
say this and do they have any respect for the truth?” Ms Sherlock asked.
Ms Sherlock noted that pro-life Government TDs and Senators had been
pressurised by the Taoiseach and his Ministers over the legislation.
“People have been bullied and cajoled, and County Councillors have
been drafted in to threaten TDs and Senator that they will lose their
political support if they vote against abortion. This is not the right
way to pass a law in a democracy. It's time to shout stop."