The case for repeal hinges on THE belief that THE RIGHT TO life begins at birth
No amount of slogans, soundbites, or black jumpers can change this fact. The 8th Amendment recognises the right to life before birth. And that is why we need to keep it.
WHAT DO REPEAL SAY?
ABORTION WILL BE RARE
When abortion is introduced, it is never rare.
In the first 10 years following the legalisation of abortion in America, the number of terminations carried out each year more than doubled. If we saw the same growth here, that would equate to more than 6,500 abortions every year.
ABORTION WILL BE LIMITED
There is no such thing as "limited" abortion.
The proposed new laws will allow abortion up to 3 months for any reason, up to 6 months for "health" reasons (the criteria used to justify almost all abortions in Britain), and up to 9 months in the case of disabilities.
IT'S ABOUT choice
The reality of abortion is that it is a choice.
It is the choice to directly end a life, whether they’re born or unborn, male or female, healthy or disabled, regardless of how or when they were conceived. It is a choice that has lead to 1 in 5 pregnancies in Britain now ending in abortion.
IT'S NOT A BABY
This is simply anti-fact and anti-science.
Repeal attempt to dehumanise the unborn to justify abortion at any stage, even up to birth. If they acknowledged the humanity of the unborn, they would be forced to recognise the right to life before birth and the value of the 8th Amendment.
IS Abortion REALLY ESSENTIAL Healthcare?
An Irish mother is always entitled to any medical treatment that may, as a consequence, end the life of her unborn child. Irish hospitals are safer for pregnant women than those in the UK, the US, the Netherlands, and France. All countries with abortion on demand.
Pregnancy is the growth of one human inside another, the ordinary, wonderful process by which each one of us begins our lives. However, it sometimes coincides with serious difficulties, and nothing should stand in the way of lifesaving medical care for the mother. Abortion however is different. Two patients are presented, and one is terminated.
Irish women are not being denied medical treatment because of the 8th Amendment.
LET'S TALK ABOUT TERMINOLOGY
Why do we use words like "mother" and "baby" when a pregnancy is wanted. But words like "foetus" and "embryo" when it’s not?
The use of de-humanising language like this is deeply problematic. The repeal campaign only use biological terms to refer the unborn in a deliberate attempt to ignore humanity.
They want you to ignore the facts. Especially the fact that abortion ends a human life.
So — let’s re-humanise the debate.
This referendum is about introducing abortion on demand into Ireland up to 3 months of pregnancy.
Every woman’s right? Or a sign that our society has failed women?
The truth is that no woman ever wants to have an abortion.
It only becomes an option when women feel alone or pressured, when they feel like the support they should have, isn’t there.
If we remove the root causes that lead women to feel this way, we remove the need for such extreme measures.
Instead of funding abortion, let’s invest in better supports, better care, and better experiences for pregnant women.
Irish women deserve to work, learn, live, and love without feeling like motherhood is an obstacle.
No one should ever have to choose between being a mother and achieving the things that they want in life.
We need to come to together as a society to help pregnant women who face the challenges of an unplanned pregnancy.
"I'm personally opposed to abortion but IT'S A PERSONAL CHOICE"
It's not uncommon to hear this line of argument. So, let's examine the logic.
It seems like a thoroughly liberal approach. I have my ideas, but I don’t want to restrict the freedom of anyone else.
In some ways this is a very attractive position. It seems both principled and compassionate. But think about applying the same principle to a comparable case:
“Slavery is wrong, but it's a personal choice. I'm personally opposed but who am I to judge slave-owners?"
In this case, the liberal principle looks a lot more like cold-hearted indifference.
Many believe abortion to be wrong on an intuitive level but choose to ignore its realities so as not to impose on others.
In Britain, this wilful turning of a blind eye comes at the cost of 200,000 lives per year as abortion has become an everyday normality.
Ask yourself this: if you are personally opposed to abortion but still believe it should be legal, will you be comfortable voting to allow this abortion culture to take root here as well?
Look more closely...
A SoundBite or an Argument?
Let’s take a moment to peek behind the curtain of the compassionate rhetoric that masks pro-abortion logic.
The movement of the moment
More than any Irish political movement in recent years, Repeal has been commercialised to a barely credible extent.
Social media can sometimes feel a lot like a schoolyard where popularity often equals authority.
Just a cluster of cells?
It's not uncommon to hear the repeal campaigners dismiss concerns surrounding abortion by claiming that “it’s just a cluster of cells!” It's strange that so many people still seriously believe this when we have such a wealth of modern scientific evidence that disproves the claim.
Anyone who reads only the opening chapter of an embryology textbook will be left in no doubt as to the scientific consensus on when human life begins. For scientists and doctors, there is no confusion: “The scientific answer is that the embryo is a human being from the time of fertilization because of its human chromosomal constitution. The zygote is the beginning of a developing human.”
The detailed ultrasound images available due to modern technology provide us with a window in to the womb in increasingly impressive detail. We no longer have an excuse to ignore the humanity of the unborn.
Window to the Womb
Our time in the womb represents the fastest period of development that we ever undergo in our lives. In 9 months, we go from a single-celled zygote to a full-grown infant. In order to achieve this feat, we begin growing and developing rapidly right from the very beginning. Division of the zygote begins about 30 hours after fertilisation. Repeated mitotic divisions result in a rapid increase in the number of cells, and approximately 6 days after fertilisation, the baby attaches to the lining of the womb.
The first organ system to reach a functional state is the cardiovascular system. The heart tubes fuse in the third week and join with the blood vessels to form the cardiovascular system. By the end of the third week, blood is flowing around this system and the heart begins to beat on day 21 or 22.
The third week of development marks the formation of the neural tube in a series of processes called neurulation. Neurulation includes the formation of the neural plate and neural folds and closure of these folds to form the neural tube. The neural tube develops into the brain by the end of the fourth week.
Laying the Road to Lifelong Health
In the sixth week, the embryo shows spontaneous movement and reflex responses to touch. Fingers begin to develop. By 9 weeks, all the main organ systems have been established. These organ systems continue to develop, going through a period of functional maturation before the baby is ready to be born.
From seventeen to twenty weeks onwards, the mother should be able to feel her baby’s movements clearly. From weeks twenty-one to twenty-five, the baby gains substantial weight and the lungs begin to prepare for life outside the womb by producing surfactant. From twenty-two weeks, it is possible for premature babies to survive outside the womb with specialist medical care. The final weeks of pregnancy can be considered a “finishing period” to make the baby as strong as possible for life outside the womb.