Thousands join Pro-Life Rally as it marches past pro-choice demonstration
THOUSANDS of people gathered yesterday at Parnell Square in Dublin city centre for a pro-life rally.
The march was organised by Youth Defence, the Life Institute, and Precious Youth.
At 2.30pm demonstrators made their way down O’Connell Street towards their finishing point outside Leinster House.
Meanwhile, a counter rally, ‘Rally for Choice’, was held simultaneously at the Spire on O’Connell Street.
A few hundred people attended the pro-choice rally.
Thousands of pro-life demonstrators walked past the pro-choice rally in front of the GPO on O’Connell Street in Dublin.
While demonstrators shouted slogans at each other, the protests passed without incident.
Yesterday, Rally for Life Committee member, Niamh Ui Bhriain said: “I think people are very passionate about this cause and I think people are very concerned about the move towards legalising abortion in Ireland, especially in regard to unborn children with disabilities
“So today it’s a rally, we’re going to see people with disabilities speaking on the stage, families with disabilities speaking on the stage, and really their message is that every life matters, and we shouldn’t legalise abortion for children who have disabilities.”
But yesterday, pro-choice lobbyists claimed the Pro-Life protesters do not represent the majority view of public opinion.
“We are standing in solidarity with the 12 women who travel everyday to England for an abortion,” said Laura O’ Connor.
“We are standing in solidarity with all those who have made a choice as to what to do with their own bodies.
“The right of a woman to control over her own body is a right still denied to women in Ireland.”