11th June 2021
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READ: Latest abortion figures: Number of women travelling to England for abortions continues to decline (#1)
READ: Musician with 26 million TikTok followers boldly declares that he’s pro-life (#span)
READ: Sinead O’Connor talks openly about pressure she felt to abort her first child (#sin)
ACTION ALERT: Take a stand against RTÉ bias (#bias)
REGISTER NOW: (#plc1) PLC Network Webinar with Melanie McDonagh - 12th June (#plc1)
REGISTER NOW (#lb) : Loveboth Summer 5k Your Way to raise funds and support Mums and babies this summer. (#cby)
REGISTER NOW: Register Now for our next online Communications Workshop taking place on Wednesday 16th June 2021 (#comms)
APPLY NOW: Virtual Internship with the PLC (#7)
Latest abortion figures: Number of women travelling to England for abortions continues to decline ()
The official statistics released yesterday by the British Department of Health* reveals that the number of women travelling to England for abortions declined from 375 in 2019 to 194 in 2020. It’s the second year in a row to reflect the sharp overall reduction in the numbers travelling for abortions and represents a decrease of 93% from the figure of 2,879 who travelled in 2018. The availability of abortion on request in Ireland following the 2018 referendum here is the obvious reason for the huge decline in the numbers of Irish abortions taking place abroad.
The ongoing drop in the number of women travelling to England for abortions was inevitable but the massive increase in the numbers of abortions taking place in Ireland was something that abortion supporters promised voters wouldn’t happen if the door to abortion was opened. The 6,666 abortions that took place in Ireland in the first year after repeal represents a 60% increase in abortions in just one year, compared to the numbers who travelled for abortions prior to repeal and factoring in the ‘pro-choice’ estimates for the number of illegal abortion pills accessed online prior to repeal.
At every opportunity, abortion campaigners try to paint the new abortion law as restrictive because some women still opt to travel abroad for abortions. It’s utterly misleading to portray the new law in this way given the shocking increase in the number of abortions since repeal. The fact that no provision even exists to provide pain relief to an unborn baby on humanitarian grounds prior to a late term abortion is further proof of how extreme the new law is.
Some abortion supporters have even attempted to claim that there has been a rise in the number of women travelling to England for abortions in situations where the baby has a potentially life limiting condition, but in the category that covers these abortions, there has been a 28% decrease since 2018 involving women travelling from Ireland for ‘Ground E’ abortions.
The focus of the Three-Year Review of the abortion law currently under way should be about facing up to the reality of how extreme the new Irish law is rather than using the opportunity to strip away any remaining protections that safeguard the lives of unborn babies.
It is time for an urgent debate on how the new law is operating with a view to finding ways to reduce the spiralling numbers of abortions taking place.
Musician with 26 million TikTok followers boldly declares that he’s pro-life ()
Spanish musician and social media influencer Naim Darrechi knew that expressing his views on abortion would cause controversy but it didn’t stop him from bravely speaking his mind on the issue.
Darrechi (19) who has 26 million followers on TikTok alone posted a video in which he said he had been asked, “Naim, what do you think about abortion?” and then he proceeded:
“An abortion is interrupting a life. When a woman is pregnant, if she doesn’t take anything, if she doesn’t abort, the natural cycle is going to make a life emerge.”
With regard to abortion, he said: “The question is that a life is being taken away. A life that society has disregarded.”
Referring to the criticism he expected to receive for posting the video, Darrechi said: “I’m sure [they’ll make] some negative comments for thinking what I think, but no one is going to tell me that an abortion isn’t taking a life.”
While he did receive lots of criticism and personal abuse for his remarks, he also received hundreds of thousands of “likes” for his post. To date, his video and follow-up remarks on the issue have generated more than 7 million views.
Responding to a question on whether he looked forward to becoming a dad in the future, he said: “Giving life to someone and on top of that having the responsibility of raising them, and being able to teach them and guide them, is the most beautiful and precious thing in the world.”
Darrechi, who is from Mallorca in Spain first appeared on social networks in 2016. His following has grown massively and today he’s one of the most influential young people on TikTok.
Sinead O’Connor talks openly about pressure she felt to abort her first child ()
Irish singer Sinead O’Connor discloses in her new memoir “Rememberings” that she was encouraged by a record executive and a doctor to abort for first pregnancy. In the end, O’Connor ignored their advice and continued with the pregnancy.
According to O’Connor the record executive contacted her doctor to “impress upon” her not to continue with the pregnancy. She claims her doctor said to her: “Your record company has spent £100,000 recording your album, you owe it to them not to have this baby.”
Furthermore, she said that “he informed me that if I flew while pregnant, my baby would be damaged. And anyway, if I was going to be a musician I ought not to have babies because a woman shouldn’t leave her baby to go on tour and at the same time a child can’t be taken on tour.”
Despite the huge pressure to abort, O’Connor gave birth to her first child, Jake.
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Register Now for PLC Network Webinar with Melanie McDonagh TOMORROW ()
Register Now for PLC Network Webinar taking place TOMORROW from 11am-12noon with special guest Melanie McDonagh.
Melanie is a journalist based in London and writer with the Evening Standard and Spectator. We will discuss integrity in journalism and challenging the media bias on the pro-life issue. The webinar will also include a panel discussion with grassroots activists and much more!
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Loveboth Summer 5k Your Way to raise funds and support Mums and babies this summer. ()
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Register Now for our next online Communications Workshop taking place on Wednesday 16th June 2021 ()
Want to learn how to explain the pro-life position and answer challenging questions?
Our next online Communications Workshop takes place: Wednesday 16th June 2021
The event will take place from 8.30PM – 9.30PM.
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APPLY NOW - Virtual Internship with the PLC ()
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Participants on the programme will have an opportunity to network with other young people and develop skills in advocacy, campaign management and project planning.
Internships run for one-week periods and are suitable for second level (Transition year or older) and third level students.
Each intern will do 4 hours supervised work each day and will be working on areas such as social media, contact with members of the movement nationwide, project planning and contributing to support work for women and their babies.
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