If the RTE and TV3 want an informed debate, they will show the public what 12 weeks looks like, campaign says
Save the 8th has today begun a new online campaign called “12 weeks”. The campaign will simply show social media users a video of a scan of an unborn baby at 12 weeks gestation, and ask them if the unborn child is deserving of constitutional rights.
The video will be promoted to Facebook users over the age of 18 in Ireland, and may be extended to other platforms. In less than 12 hours, and before any money had been spent, it had already racked up almost 8,000 organic views.
The campaign says it will be asking media organisations to include such a video in their coverage of the referendum campaign.
Speaking about the campaign, Save the 8th’s Niamh Ui Bhriain said:
“It is important that this debate is informed and that people have access to basic information. The Government is asking us to legalise abortion for any reason up to three months. In effect, the legislation proposed says that these babies are not human at all, and will have no rights.
In that context, a fully informed debate need not show graphic images, or upsetting images. But it should show, at a very basic level, what a child in the womb at that age looks like. Every mother who has had a child in the modern era has seen one of these scans – but most voters have not.
The scan shows clearly a developing child, with identifiable form of a human being, moving and kicking inside the womb.
The Irish people are being asked to give their approval for a proposal that would allow such children to be legally killed. Many people believe that at 12 weeks, they are voting on “a clump of cells”. The simplest look at a 12 week scan proves this to be untrue.
We are calling on RTE and TV3 to include a video of such a scan in their television coverage of the referendum campaign. If they want a fully informed electorate, they will do so.”
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