Abortion cannot be classed as healthcare and saying so is "spin designed to mislead the public", a pro-life group claimed today.
Campaigners including Oireachtas Committee members and healthcare professionals officially launched the Save the Eight campaign, which is in favour of retaining the Eighth Amendment - which gives equal rights to the mother and foetus.
Lead speaker, Doctor John Mongahan claims the repeal of the Eighth Amendment will “not make women safer in pregnancy but will only change how politicians may legalise abortion.”
Minister for Health Simon Harris, the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Tanaiste Simon Coveney all came under sharp criticism for changing their minds on abortion.
Campaign manager Niamh Ui Bhriain asked, “Why should anyone believe their promises on abortion now.”
“There have been more flip flops in the Dail in the last three years on abortion than there are at the average beach”, said Ms Ui Bhriain to rapturous applause.
Campaigners at the official launch of the Save the 8th ÒVote NOÓ campaign
Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Another spokesperson for the group, John McGuirk, accused the Oireachtas Committee on abortion of not choosing obstetricians whose views differed from those who say the Eighth Amendment is an impediment to healthcare.