Pro-Life Lobby Is 'Victim of Vile Hateful Abuse'

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Pro-Life Lobby Is 'Victim of Vile Hateful Abuse'


Byline: Niamh Lyons Political Correspondent

PRO-LIFE campaigners claim they are being victimised with 'unprecedented abuse' due to their stand against abortion.

The Iona Institute, a conservative religious group, yesterday revealed venomous tweets and emails it has received during the row over ending the State's rigid abortion ban.

The debate was reignited following the death of pregnant dentist Savita Halappanavar, 31, in a Galway hospital in October. She had miscarried and subsequently suffered septicaemia, and her husband claims doctors refused to carry out an abortion as a foetal heartbeat was present.

He says they were told Ireland 'is a Catholic country'.

Her death has forced the Government to look again at legislating for the X Case after the Supreme Court ruled in 1992 a termination was permitted when a woman's life was at risk.

Pro-life campaigners at the Iona Institute said they have been subjected to vitriol from pro-choice campaigners since the latest row over abortion flared up.

The Institute said: 'We are accustomed to being told that the pro-life movement is full of extremists who are abusive towards their opponents and will not allow a "rational, reasonable" debate on the issue of abortion. Much of the extremism now resides on the other side of this debate.

'The vitriol that has been poured on the heads of pro-life spokespeople, including representatives of the Iona Institute, has been unprecedented.'

Social commentator David Quinn, who heads the Iona Institute, has been singled out for considerable criticism on social networking site Twitter. Comments included suggestions he was a 'nasty woman-hating scumbag' and 'poisonous'. Tweets said the Iona Institute was 'acting as apologists for evil'.

Since the 1992 Supreme Court ruling, successive governments have failed to clarify the conditions under which the mother's life could be judged to be at risk. The Fine Gael-Labour coalition Government is to make its decision on whether to introduce a combination of legislation and regulations by the end of December,. …

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