13 DECEMBER 2017
The Life Institute has described the Oireachtas Committee on the 8th Amendment, with a few honourable exceptions, as a “lynch mob who have deliberately ignored the humanity of the preborn child and the full evidence about abortion”, and vowed to ensure that the “extreme and cruel recommendations of the Committee would be rejected by the people”.
Niamh Uí Bhriain of the Life Institute said that “This Committee was rigged to push abortion from the beginning, and acted like a lynch mob in refusing the preborn child any trial, any voice, or any fair representation before passing a death sentence on a helpless and vulnerable victim.”
“With the exception of three representatives, this Committee showed no interest in hearing what abortion meant for the baby, or in asking any hard questions of the stream of pro-abortion witnesses handpicked to give evidence supporting abortion, including several abortionists,” she said.
“The baby, who is recognised as a human being under our Constitution, was barely mentioned during the hearings, and now this rigged Committee is proposing that preborn children can be put to death for any reason whatsoever, exactly the kind of cruel, unreasoned behaviour you would expect from a lynch mob," said Ms Uí Bhriain.
She said that Committee members who were purporting to be pro-life while voting for abortion without restriction were fooling nobody. “They went into this process determined to repeal the right-to-life of preborn babies and their vote today is shocking but entirely unsurprising,” said the Life Institute spokeswoman.
Ms Uí Bhriain also said that the Fianna Fáil members of the Committee had betrayed its own grassroots and should pay the price for that betrayal.
“At Fianna Fáil’s last Ard Fheis 90% of its members voted against abortion, yet we are now looking at the Fianna Fáil members of the Committee proposing that abortion be legalised without restriction, something that should be brought to the attention of their constituents,” she said.
The Life Institute spokeswoman said that the pro-life movement was uniting to ensure that the “cruel and extreme recommendations of the Committee would be rejected by the people in the upcoming referendum”.
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