American dollars funding Irish pro-life campaign as the 'last bastion of abortion-free Europe'
American pro-life spokesperson says Youth Defence ‘needs the publicity’
It appears that pro-life groups in America such as the Pro-Life Action League, view Ireland as the “last bastion of an abortion-free Europe,” according to Irish writer Angela Nagle, in her piece for The Atlantic.
After it was long assumed that pro-life groups in Ireland received American money for their funding, the American Pro-Life Action League's spokesperson Joseph Scheidler confirmed the notion in a recent interview with the Sunday Business Post.
Scheidler was quoted as saying in his Sunday Business Post interview that "They [Irish pro-life groups] need the money for publicity. Abortion is about conversion and it's very hard to convert people in masses, and that is why people like Youth Defence go out into the street."
The matter was thrust back into the forefront of public discourse following the death of Indian Dr. Savita Halappanavar, who died from septicaemia and E.coli ESBL in a Galway hospital after being denied an abortion. Savita’s husband says that doctors told her that Ireland was a Catholic country, and abortions were not permitted.
Since then, protests and rallies have reignited calling for both change in abortion legislation, as well as for the existing legislation to remain untouched.
Nagle writes how in December, the Irish government, feeling public pressure, revealed plans to loosen abortion legislation, making it permissible for mothers whose lives are threatened by the pregnancy. The proposed legislation is a small step, but still had public support.
However, the new legislation would only affect a fraction of the Irish women who seek abortions every year. While some seek abortion because it threatens their lives, others opt for it as a means to terminate an unwanted pregnancy.
With abortion being outlawed in Ireland, women need to travel to England to have an abortion, or risk the chance of buying abortion pills online, which are often detained by customs in transit.
Interestingly, public opinion poll in Ireland does appear to favor the option of abortion for women. A Sunday Business Post/Red C Poll found that 85 percent of people surveyed supported legislation for the X case, which would allow abortion where a woman's life is threatened, including by suicide.
Armed with that statistic, Nagle writes "The fact that Youth Defence has been able to impose their will more effectively than the Irish people or the European Court of Human Rights for so long is testament to the power of their enormously well-funded campaigns."
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