LARGE groups of teenagers were among the crowd at a Stand up for Life rally in Cork at the weekend with over 1,000 people gathering at the Grand Parade on Saturday to voice their opposition to repealing the Eighth Amendment.
A referendum on whether the amendment will be repealed will be held on Friday, May 25.
Among the young people in attendance at the Cork rally was Caolan Curran, aged 19, from Douglas who said he was vehemently opposed to abortion. “I came because I am a Christian. Quite a few of my friends are passionate about it. One of my friends... goes around canvassing. A lot of people don’t realise that once we hand over the (say), we are not getting it back.”
Caolan said some teenagers are ‘very hostile’ to discussions around abortion issues and people are often ‘set in their ways’.
“But there have been times where I have had conversations over tea at home. A lot of people are open to discussing it.”
Also among the attendees was Siobhán Lane, Blarney, who said the Government should be putting money into supports in crisis pregnancy situations.
“I have a son with Down Syndrome, Levi, who is going to be seven next week. I think supports need to be put into situations where they have what they call a ‘crisis pregnancy.’ I think if we are going to have a debate we need a debate that is fair. The posters that have been defaced is not fair. To say that it is for women’s health is not fair because there are children that are dying. The children who are here should be funded not taxpayer money going into abortion.”
Pensioner Joe O’Leary, Kinsale, said he was ‘uncomfortable’ with the idea of abortion being introduced into Ireland. He said “our mothers and fathers gave us a chance” and that he would like to think that future generations would get the same chance.