A new initiative by the Pro-Life campaign has been launched in Dublin with smaller regional launches in Cork and Galway.
According to the organisers the LoveBoth Project aims to highlight all that is positive about the Eighth Amendment and advocates putting in place more practical supports for families facing unplanned or difficult pregnancies.
Among those participating in the LoveBoth Project and who took part in yesterday's launch are women who have been through an unexpected pregnancy and are sharing their experience.
Speaking at the launch Mary Kenny, a young mother from Limerick, suggested that without the protections provided by the 8th Amendment when she discovered she was pregnant she probably would not have continued with her preganncy and would not now have her beautiful three-year-old daughter, Hollie.
"And those pushing for repeal of the Eighth Amendment would have no words to console me for the loss I’d have suffered. I am so grateful that the Eighth Amendment was there when I faced a crisis pregnancy. I dread to think what might have happened if there had been an abortion clinic just down the road from where I live.
"There are so many others who were in a similar situation to mine who are thankful for the life and love of the child they have today. This is the great positive untold story of the Eighth Amendment.”
Spokesperson for the LoveBoth Project, Sinead Slattery suggested Mary’s story and others like hers revealed how the Eighth Amendment safeguards the lives of mothers and their babies.
"That’s why protecting the Eighth Amendment is the primary goal of the LoveBoth project. We know from the experience of countries that have legalised abortion that pressure grows on women to have terminations. What is presented as ‘choice’ is often experienced by women as pressure.
"You only have to look at the fact that in England today 9 out of every 10 babies with Down syndrome are aborted. This is the shocking outcome of removing protections for the unborn child.
Ms Slattery went on to claim that for many women all it took to get through a crisis or unplanned pregnancy was for one person to say to them ‘you can get through this’.
"The pro-choice approach doesn’t foster this atmosphere or culture where a genuine space is kept open that respects both mother and baby.
"Instead of pitting mothers against their children, we should be working together to build a society that welcomes everyone in life and protects everyone in law,” she concluded.