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Irish pro-lifers join London St Patrick’s Day parade

London Irish United for Life at St Patrick's Day parade 2018 (courtesy Peter L Jones)

A large group of pro-lifers joined this year’s St Patrick’s parade in London on Sunday.

Around 80 people joined the ‘London Irish United for Life’ group despite the bitterly cold weather. The group called for Ireland to keep the Eighth Amendment to its constitution – which guarantees the equal right to life of both the mother and the unborn – in a referendum in May.

London Irish United for Life was established last year by a group of London-based Irish women, and campaigns with a theme of ‘home to vote’, encouraging Irish citizens to return home to cast their votes.

(Photo courtesy Peter L Jones)
(Photo courtesy Peter L Jones)
(Photo courtesy Peter L Jones)

Attendees described the positive reception they received during the march. “As an Irish Ex-Pat living in London, it was a great privilege to have been part of the London Irish United For life display,” one said. “The atmosphere was electric and the streets were lined with well-wishers for us supporting the human rights of the unborn child. We are on the right side of history. Ireland must save the 8th. It is our duty to protect our unborn and mothers.”

Rebecca, 29, from Dublin, echoed the sense of urgency many feel as the referendum approaches: “I came to the parade to support the life movement while I’m living abroad. I’ve never been active with the movement that much at home but I feel with the referendum getting closer I had to do something.

“I’m sick of being silenced and shamed for believing that the unborn child has a right to life. I’m sick of the media bias and the damaging lies being used to push repeal through.

“I’d implore anyone that feels in any way uncomfortable about allowing abortion up to 12 weeks for any reason to vote No to repeal.”