Campaign to maintain the 8th amendment to the Irish Constitution
Delegates from throughout Ireland gathered in the Red Cow Inn on 20 September 2016 to establish a new Prolife Human Rights Organisation called ‘Cherish all the Children Equally’.
A 100 years ago Republicans from throughout Ireland set forth a progressive vision for a new independent Ireland. Equality was at the centre of that new vision. At the heart of the proclamation is the objective to ‘cherish all the children of the nation equally’. This Republican objective is at the heart of our Human Rights Campaign.
Our campaign seeks to add balance as the establishment’s push for Repeal of the 8th Amendment gathers momentum. The membership of our campaign is in the main Republican and left wing men and women who feel that the progressive prolife voice has been missing so far from the debate.
Our approach will be secular and evidence based. And given the enormously difficult and heart braking situations that mothers, fathers and unborn children find themselves in every day we are dedicated to focusing on solutions which ensure that equality and compassion are at the heart of laws.
A 100 years ago, through the Proclamation, Republicans from throughout Ireland set forth a progressive vision for a new independent Ireland. Equality was at the centre of that new vision. At the heart of the proclamation is the objective to ‘cherish all the children of the nation equally’. This Republican objective is at the heart of our viewpoint.
An unborn child is an individual living human being and therefore entitled to Human Rights. We believe Human Rights should be universal and that the most vulnerable sections of humanity should not be removed from these rights.
In countries where they have removed sectors of humanity from the right to life we see that sector extended over time. In Britain 90% of all children with Downs Syndrome are aborted before birth. Shockingly it’s expected that Denmark will Downs Syndrome free by 2030. The truth is, in abortion regimes you are far more likely to be aborted if you are disabled.
Abortion also discriminates against minorities. More black babies are aborted in New York City than are born. Abortion discriminates against the poor. In the US if you are from a poor family you are far more likely to be aborted than if you are from a rich family.
In fact if this government seeks to really help women, targeted funding to lift families out of poverty along with childcare and a decent living wage for working mothers are pivotal. Shockingly some on the extreme Right in America favour abortion because they say that it reduces the number of poor people and crime.
One of the most disturbing of all facts is that abortion discriminates against girls. Because of Sex Selective Abortions, it is estimated that over 100 million women are missing throughout the world.
In recent weeks a study was carried out into the effect of the 8th Amendment. Ireland has an abortion rate of roughly 5% of pregnancies, these are the numbers of Irish people seeking abortion in Britain and the Netherlands each year; this compares to over 20% in a host of other similar countries but with abortion regimes.
This differential because of the 8th Amendment and our subsequent prolife culture means that there are well over 100,000 Irish people alive today who, only for the 8th amendment would have had their life ended. That’s 1 in every 50 Irish people. These people are your friends, your colleges, your teammates, previous class mates, work mates, your doctors, your nurses and your care givers. It may even be you.
The ‘Cherish All the Children Equally’ Human Rights Campaign will now organise branches throughout the 32 counties and will host a major National public event before the end of the year. All those looking to join should join the ‘Cherish All the Children Equally’ Facebook page or contact Máiread on 086 814 7993 or email firstname.lastname@example.org