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Wednesday 1 October 2014

Youth Defence website hacked

Published 09/07/2013 | 10:47

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The message above appeared on the Youth Defence website this morning after it was targeted by hackers
An anti-abortion poster taken out by the Youth Defence

The Youth Defence website has been hacked.

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The website belonging to the pro-life group was hacked early this morning.

Copy on the website contained a number of allegations against the protest group.

Normally, the website’s text reads: “We are Ireland’s most active pro-life organisation….

“Whether we’re students, office-slaves, brickies or teachers, we’ve one thing in common: we know that abortion is wrong. That’s why we work to protect mothers and babies from being killed and exploited by the abortion industry.”

With furious debate from both sides regarding the abortion legislation which is currently passing through the houses of the Oireachtas, Youth Defence has been in the spotlight lately.

Youth Defence declined to comment when contacted.

In January, the anti-abortion group rejected criticism of its use of controversial images in their ad campaign.

Members of the group appeared before the Oireachtas Health Committee where FG’s Jerry Buttimer told them their campaign methodology “needs to be reviewed”.

FG Senator Martin Cownay branded their billboard campaigns “appalling”’.

In response, Youth Defence spokesperson Dr Sean O Domhnaill said: “If you believe, as the vast majority of people in this country do, that abortion involves the killing of an innocent human being, then if you don’t like seeing the reality of it, don’t legalise it.”

In June of last year, the Advertising Standards Authority (ASAI) said it was powerless to take any action against Youth Defence posters.

ASAI boss Frank Goodman says his organisation only has the remit to act on commercial complaints, politics and social issues are strictly off limit.

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