‘When you vote, think of us, the lives saved by the Eighth Amendment'

Update: 3.30pm: The LoveBoth Campaign have gathered together individuals and families whose lives have been saved by the Eighth Amendment.

The campaign said the group of citizens had been assembled to give a direct message to their fellow Irish people as they go to the polls on Friday: ‘When you vote, think of us, the lives saved by the Eighth Amendment and reject the Government's extreme abortion proposal.’

Commenting on the event, Clare McCarthy of LoveBoth said these people and their stories should be at the forefront of voters minds as they vote on Friday.

“Today we have a young man, Gavin Boyne, who is alive because the Eighth Amendment restricted abortion on demand. We have Mary Kenny, whose baby Hollie is alive because the Eighth Amendment restricted abortion on demand and we have Martin McBreen talking about how his daughter Grace is alive due to the protections in the Eighth Amendment.

"All these people and their stories should be at the forefront of voters minds as they enter the polling station on Friday.”

She went on to suggest that independent analysis had shown that if abortion on demand is introduced thousands more abortions will happen in Ireland every year.

"If abortion on demand is allowed here in Ireland, people like Gavin Boyne, Grace McBreen and Hollie Kenny will not have the chance to be born, to be part of our community and to contribute to our future.

"There can be no mistake; the government is asking us to support extreme abortion on demand and and the Irish people will reject this by voting NO on Friday”.

“Today’s stories are from people alive thanks to the Eighth Amendment and when people go to the polling station on Friday, we want them to remember Gavin, Hollie, Grace and thousands more like them. The only way to protect lives, prevent the tragic loss of Irish citizens and to stop ... abortion on demand ... is by voting ‘No’ on Friday.”

Earlier: 'My baby is alive today because we do not have abortion on demand'

An event organised by the Love Both campaign has been hearing from people whose lives they say have been saved by the 8th amendment.

In the final days ahead of Friday's referendum, both sides are hoping to convince the remaining undecided voters.

Speaking at the Love Both event this morning Mary Kenny said she first considered getting an abortion when she got pregnant aged 19.

"My baby Holly is alive today because we do not have abortion on demand in Ireland today.

"When you vote on Friday please think about her and all the other lives that are here because of the 8th Amendment

"The 8th Amendment saves lives so lets vote No and protect life because we will never get a say on it after Friday. Not ever again."

- Digital Desk


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