22nd October 2021
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WATCH: Short video which includes a message from LILA ROSE about the PLC National Conference (#lila)
READ: It's Month For Life. Take a pro-life action this month! (#A)
READ: Pregnant women being smuggled into Ireland so their babies can be sold for adoption, Oireachtas Life and Dignity Group told (#11)
READ: (#2) Remembering Sir David Amess MP who was murdered last Friday (#1)
READ: (#3) Delightful video of father and son meeting “miracle” addition to their family (#2)
READ: (#4) Pro-Life stall attacked and vandalised on university campus (#3)
RE (#4) AD: (#4.1) Censorship Zone bill introduced in Seanad (#4)
REGISTER: PLC National Conference - 30th October APPLY NOW - Virtual Internship with the PLC (#6)
WATCH this short video which includes a message from LILA ROSE about the PLC National Conference ()
The Pro Life Campaign is thrilled to announce that Lila Rose, founder of Live Action, will be the special guest speaker at this year's National Conference which will be streamed live on Saturday 30th October from 11-12.30pm.
Other guests from home and abroad will also contribute to the conference and discuss exciting pro-life initiatives that are starting to produce results and inspire hope for a pro-life future.
In her amazing new book, Fighting for Life: Becoming a Force for Change in a Wounded World, Lila Rose tells how she grappled with her own insecurities and feelings of inadequacy before turning Live Action, the group she founded, into one of the largest and most successful pro-life groups in the world. To date, Live Action has generated over 1.3 billion views for its online videos across multiple platforms, reaching mostly young people with the pro-life message!
Join hundreds of other pro-life supporters at this year’s conference which will be streamed LIVE online.
Check our social media pages for updates on other guest speakers who'll be joining us for this uplifting and forward-looking conference.
Register TODAY to attend here ([link removed])
It's Month For Life. Take a pro-life action this month! ()
October is Month For Life!
The aim of of the Month for Life is to highlight the pro-life issue, educate the public and engage and motivate pro-life supporters all over Ireland.
A range of activities and events have been organised with the highlight being the Pro Life Campaign National Conference on 30th October.
Here are some ideas for what you can do to participate!
- Register for one of the events below
- Order your free car sticker here ([link removed]) and display it. Send us a photo of you.
- Share a month for life social media graphic
- Encourage your priest or pastor to share the pro-life message
Read more about Month For Life Here ([link removed])
Pregnant women being smuggled into Ireland so their babies can be sold for adoption, Oireachtas Life and Dignity Group told ()
The All Party Oireachtas Life and Dignity Group has been told by experts on human trafficking that pregnant women are being smuggled into Ireland so their babies can be sold for adoption here.
The terrifying details are contained in a soon to be released report by the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (HREC).
At the latest meeting of the Oireachtas Life and Dignity Group, lawyer and IHREC member Sunniva McDonagh and human rights advocate Dr Ewelina Ochab briefed members of the group about the terrible reality that babies of smuggled pregnant women are being sold on the black market in this country.
Responding to the shocking news, Independent TD Carol Nolan, who co-chairs the Oireachtas Life and Dignity Group said: “It is now clear there is an urgent ethical and political imperative to prevent emerging trends within human trafficking in Ireland from gaining a foothold here. We must make Ireland a cold house for anyone who thinks they can engage with impunity in this horrendous and brutalising illegal activity.”
A recent report from the US pointed the finger at Ireland for falling way behind other western countries in addressing the issue of human trafficking and its treatment of trafficked people. The US has warned the Government that if improvements in this area are not forthcoming quickly it could have serious implications for the continuation of US pre-immigration clearance at Dublin and Shannon airports.
The lackadaisical way successive governments over the past decade have dealt with the issue of human trafficking is utterly inexcusable. It is another indication of senior politicians having their priorities all wrong.
The Oireachtas Life and Dignity Group is to be commended for drawing attention to this scandal and for the tireless work they are doing to ensure urgent action is taken to bring these horrendous practices to a speedy end.
Remembering Sir David Amess MP who was murdered last Friday ()
Sir David Amess RIP ()
British MP, Sir David Amess, who was attacked and killed last Friday at his constituency clinic in Essex has been described as “one of life’s truly nice people”.
He was a highly respected pro-life member of parliament and served as an MP in the House of Commons since 1983. He was outspoken in defending the right to life of the unborn, including sponsoring pro-life bills in parliament.
Lord David Alton, who was a close personal friend of Sir David’s said it was “with profound and aching sorrow” that he heard the shocking news that his friend had been murdered. Lord Alton paid tribute to Sir David’s “passionate commitment” to the right to life, human dignity and the common good, and said his service as a member of parliament “was also rooted in his absolute conviction that an MP’s first priority was to their constituents.”
Heartfelt tributes have been paid to Sir David from across the political divide, and from ordinary constituents and some better known constituents, including Brian May of the rock band Queen who posted the following on his Facebook page: “So shocked and sad that our great friend and ally David Amess has tragically lost his life, his future, his family, his work, his dreams. This man was gentle, amiable, a great supporter of the rights of both humans and animals, and, behind his friendly smile, a man not afraid to speak his mind, his truth … which is increasingly perilous in these troubled days.”
The Pro Life Campaign also pays tribute to Sir David’s heroic lifetime of service to the most vulnerable members of society. We will continue to remember him in our prayers, and also his wife Julia and their 5 children. The massive outpouring in recent days is a wonderful testament to Sir David’s sincerity and steadfast commitment as a public representative.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.
Delightful video of father and son meeting “miracle” addition to their family ()
Father and son meet their baby daughter and sister ()
A gorgeous video of a father and son meeting their new daughter/sister for the first time after her birth has gone viral and left lots of viewers in tears. Posted on Instagram by João Prudêncio Neto, the father of the newborn baby girl, the video has been viewed over 1.5 million times already.
Proud dad João said “we prayed every day for a miracle” after doctors insisted that it would be impossible for João and his wife to have any more children after their son was born. But unexpectedly, they beat the odds and newborn baby girl Giovanna is the “miracle” the entire family prayed for!
Watch the delightful video introducing baby Giovanna here ([link removed])
Pro-Life stall attacked and vandalised on university campus ()
Members of Oxford Pro-Life Society ()
Earlier this week, it was reported that pro-abortion students at Oxford University attacked and vandalised the stall of Oxford Students for Life (OSFL) during the annual Freshers’ Fair enrollment event at the university. The pro-life stand was pulled to pieces by the abortion activists, thrown in a bin and dragged outside the venue.
The President of the pro-life society, Anna Fleischer, said the young woman operating the stall at the time was left feeling “scared, frightened and nervous” following the incident. Ms Fleischer continued: “We are a secular, non-sectarian society, seeking to promote the culture of life at the University and beyond, by fostering discussion and education on beginning and end of life ethical issues, from a pro-life perspective. As someone who describes herself as a pro-life feminist, I believe promoting discussion and serious reflection on issues like abortion which affect women so profoundly is not only deeply worthwhile, but necessary.”
An Oxford University spokesperson said in a statement that the university supports a right to freedom of expression and condemns the protesters’ actions.
The Oxford incident is by no means isolated. Protests have erupted in other universities in the UK in an attempt to disband and silence pro-life groups on campus. Similar efforts to curtail the freedom of expression of pro-life students has also occurred on third level campuses across Ireland in recent years. It is a clear sign that abortion supporters fear the power and strength of the pro-life message and want to deny people the opportunity to hear the truth about the humanity of unborn babies and the impact of abortion on women.
We should be encouraged rather than discouraged by the desperation and nervousness being exhibited by our opponents as they seek to silence dissent and shut down debate.
Censorship Zone bill introduced in Seanad ()
Senator Rónán Mullen ()
On Tuesday, Sinn Féin Senator Paul Gavan introduced a private members’ bill in the Seanad that seeks to impose censorship zones outside abortion facilities. The Government has also confirmed that it is presently drafting its own bill on the issue.
It was falsely claimed during Tuesday’s debate in the Seanad that women are being “intimidated” by pro-life supporters when accessing abortions. Several senators made emotively charged interventions on the issue but presented no evidence to back up their claims.
Senator Rónán Mullen however pointed out that exclusion zone legislation is entirely unnecessary. He said that existing laws were sufficiently robust to deal with breaches in public order if they were to arise. He told his Seanad colleagues pushing for censorship zones that as a society we need to be careful about trying to pretend that there is no counter narrative on abortion. He said there is and always will be a counter narrative and that “it’s important that we hear all voices in society.” He took issue with the attempts being made to unfairly depict and caricature pro-life protesters and said “those who meet to witness to the dignity of all human life, to the possibility of positive alternatives, we are seeing do this in a way that’s very respectful.”
In his closing remarks, he referred to the Constitutional protection that presently exists for freedom of expression and the right to peacefully assemble in public. He pointed out that the bill on censorship zones if enacted would deprive people from exercising these most basic rights that are integral to any functioning democracy.
PLC National Conference - 30th October (#1)
Join us at the Pro Life Campaign National Conference online and hear Lila Rose, founder of Live Action, and other guests from home and abroad discuss exciting pro-life initiatives that are starting to show results and inspire hope for a pro-life future.
Don't miss Lila's much anticipated interview at the Pro Life Campaign National Conference 2021, where she will talk candidly about the challenges the pro-life movement faces and the approaches that are working in delivering positive change and sowing the seeds for a pro-life future.
Join hundreds of other pro-life supporters at this year’s conference which will be streamed LIVE online.
See you there!
Register Here ([link removed])
APPLY NOW - Virtual Internship with the PLC (#1)
Would you like to experience working with a pro-active Human Rights organisation?
If you would like, APPLY HERE ([link removed]) to our exciting virtual intern programme for students!
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.
Internships are not paid, however expenses will be covered.
If you or a family member is interested, please complete the below form and we will be in touch with you presently. Placements are subject to availability.
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