Massive crowds are expected at a national rally to Save the 8th amendment this Saturday as pro-life activists respond to Leo Varadkar’s decision to hold an abortion referendum next year.
The organisers of the Save the 8th Rally for Life are describing the event as the ‘real Citizen’s Assembly’ and say they expect tens of thousands to attend ‘one of the biggest rallies ever seen on any issue in the country’.
Niamh Uí Bhriain of the Life Institute said that grassroots activists right across the country had been mobilised by the government’s decision to hold a referendum to repeal the right to life of preborn children.
“The Rally for Life is always a huge, colourful, exciting, life-affirming event but this year it has a special focus: to tell the government and the nation that the pro-life majority are activated and motivated and that to ensure we best protect the lives of both mother and baby we should Save the 8th,” she said.
The Life Institute spokeswoman said that people had been horrified by the extreme recommendations recently issued by the assembly set up by the government, which included abortion ‘without restriction’ and abortion on socio-economic grounds.
“We’ve seen thousands of people training up to become part of our pro-life door-to-door canvass, and on Saturday we’ll see the pro-life movement in full swing when tens of thousands of people come to the Save the 8th rally. This will be the real Citizens’ Assembly, when massive crowds come to say that we should not repeal the right-to-life, and that we can do better for mothers and babies than legalising something as barbaric and regressive as killing children before they are born.”
The Save the 8th Rally is billed as a family-friendly celebration of Life, with balloons, face-painting, live music, and begins at Parnell Square in Dublin at 2pm on Saturday, July 1st.
Ms Uí Bhriain said that the Rally would be a springboard for a series of Save the 8th events planned for the summer.
The Rally for Life is organised by Life Institute, Youth Defence and Precious Life and is the biggest pro-life event held in the country every year.