On IWD, Pro-life feminists will tell Simon Harris to protect women from abortion industry

Who: 40 Pro-Life women
What: International Women’s Day event and photocall protesting abortion bill
When: Thursday March 8th, Midday
Where: Kildare Street entrance, Leinster House

Women will gather at the Dáil on Thursday to tell the Health Minister, Simon Harris that the 8th amendment should continue to protect women from the abortion industry.


March 8th is International Women’s Day, and it’s also the day that Simon Harris intends to bring the abortion proposal before the Dáil. He needs to realise that abortion is anti-woman and anti-child, and that he is not helping women by pushing abortion, but is instead failing to assure women that his government will provide the compassion, help and support women need to raise their children. Our message to the Minister: we deserve your support, not your abortion bill,” said Mairéad Hughes, an organiser of the event.

“As Irish women, we say that the repeal campaign and the National Women’s Council of Ireland does not speak for us. We are pro-life feminists who demand a better answer for women than the medieval cruelty of abortion,” she said.

“We also wish to urge Irish women to reject the agenda of an abortion industry that is seeking to profit from vulnerable Irish women and girls,” said Ms Hughes. “Where Irish people see a woman in a crisis, the abortion industry sees a potential customer. To them, every Irish pregnant woman will not be someone to be helped, but someone to advertise to.”

“The Irish Government should be promoting positive solutions to Irish women. Instead, they are inviting in an abortion industry that has a vested interest in marketing abortion to vulnerable women. The Oireachtas Committee heard from British and US abortion chains, but not from Irish women who has unexpected pregnancies,” she added.

“We are tired of being told that we can’t be feminists and be pro-life, when the fact is, according to the polls, women are actually just as likely or more likely to oppose abortion. Pro-life feminists are sick of being lectured to by abortion campaigners who like to tell women what they can and can’t say – but Irish women are independent-minded enough to stand up to the bullying of the abortion industry.”
“We stand with every Irish women when we say that abortion is the ultimate exploitation of women - and we won’t have Simon Harris saying that he is legalising abortion to meet our needs when abortion only serves the needs of a society that has failed both mother and child,” said Ms Hughes