Thanks to everyone who came to the Rally for Life in Dublin on 4 July 2009
RALLY FOR LIFE HEARS OF NEED TO “STAND, WORK AND PRAY TOGETHER TO KEEP IRELAND ABORTION-FREE”
Account from Solas magazine, September 2009
Just before 2pm on Saturday, the sun burst through the clouds which had gathered over Dublin all morning, and an enormous cheer went up from the Rally for Life. Thousands of pro-life people, of all ages, set off through Dublin ’s busy city centre in a colourful and lively pro-life march which saw another rise in numbers rallying against abortion.
“We had face-painting and balloons for the kids, music and banners and a really enthusiastic crowd coming together to protect human life, ” said Eoghan of the Rally’s organizing committee. “It was superb to see just how many people came out to support the right-to-life and to Keep Ireland Abortion-free. ” Saturday’s event was an All-Ireland Rally, organised by pro-life groups both North and South, including Youth Defence, the Life Institute and Precious Life.
Keeping Ireland abortion-free was the theme for the day, but the Rally organizers emphasized that threats to the right-to-life were now coming in myriad forms right across Ireland. “We’re dealing with an attempt by the Department of Health in the north to introduce abortion on broad grounds by attempting to introduce new so-called abortion guidelines, ” said Bernie Smyth of Precious Life, who organised busses to the Rally in Dublin.
Eoghan also pointed to the push for embryo research in UCC, the abortion case being sponsored by the Irish Family Planning Association before the European Court of Justice, the Health Service Executive ’s recent comments regarding abortion and disabled children, as serious matters of concern. “The majority of people in this country are pro-life,” he affirmed. “But we need to make sure our voices are heard, since together we are the voice for the voiceless. ”
At the rally’s conclusion at Dáil Éireann, the huge crowd cheered speakers, from Ireland, Scotland and the US, who urged them to be active on pro-life issues. Niamh U í Bhriain of the Life Institute told the crowd that they were sending an important message to politicians. “We will not falter and we will not fail, not while our children’s lives depend on it. We will stand together, work together, and pray together and we will keep Ireland abortion-free, ” she said to sustained applause.
L’Angelus – a popular Cajun Rock band – perform at the beginning of the Rally for Life and at the Celebrate Life event that evening, which was also be addressed by Norma McCorvey. Ms McCorvey, from Dallas, Texas was the Texas was the plaintiff in the Roe V Wade decision of the US Supreme Court, which legalized abortion in all 50 states. In 1995 she became a pro-life Christian. She then went on record to say she never had an abortion and is seeking to overturn her case that made abortion legal. Norma ’s story has been called the “most dramatic conversion stories ever told in the history of the global abortion debate ”
CELEBRATE LIFE RECEPTION GUEST SPEAKER : NORMA MCCORVERY
Norma McCorvey of Dallas, Texas was the plaintiff in the Roe V Wade decision of the US Supreme Court, which legalized abortion in all 50 states. In 1995 she became a pro-life Christian, and went on the record to say that, in fact, she never had an abortion. She is now seeking to overturn her case that made abortion legal. Her testimony reveals the lengths the pro-abortion lobby will go to achieve their aims.
Norma’s life was turned upside down as a result of being used as the test case for Roe V Wade. She battled with alcohol and her conscience and found it incredibly difficult to break away from the destruction that is inextricably linked with the abortion industry: “As the plaintiff in the infamous Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade, my life was inextricably tied up with abortion. Though I had never had one, abortion was the sun around which my life orbited. I once told a reporter, This issue is the only thing I live for. I live, eat, breathe, think everything about abortion. ”
Her life changed forever one day when she noticed a foetal development poster. The humanity of the unborn child dawned upon her and she then realised the true horror of the industry that she had been involved in. She said, “I felt crushed under the truth of this realization. I had to face up to the awful reality. Abortion wasn ’t about ‘products of conception’. It was about children being killed in their mothers’ wombs. All those years I was wrong. Signing that affidavit, I was wrong. Working in an abortion clinic, I was wrong. No more of this first trimester, second trimester, third trimester stuff. Abortion-at any point-was wrong. It was so clear. Painfully clear. ” Ever since, Norma has worked tirelessly with the pro-life group Operation Rescue in the US and has founded her own organisation; Roe No More.