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Anti-Abortion Protest In Dublin
 
# 1 : Sunday 20-1-2013 @ 22:34
 
 
I'm surprised no-one here has posted about this event - it was a sizable protest - numbering about 20,000 to 25,000 (over 30,000 according to the organisers) and featured a well organised and well-funded campaign to protest against the introduction of abortion legislation to finally deal with the 1992 X case Supreme Court ruling.



There was a counter demonstration of 100 to 200 pro-choice activists, and on other web forums there is a lot of triumphalism being expressed by the so-called "pro-life" side.

So - did anyone actually see this protest? Was it as big as was claimed? Was anyone involved in the protest or the counter protest?
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# 2 : Sunday 20-1-2013 @ 22:46
 
 
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# 3 : Sunday 20-1-2013 @ 22:53
 
 
same old shite from the same people ( a lot of the usual suspects plus a new generation of facists) it is like i woke up back in the early 80s. talk about people in a time warp
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# 4 : Sunday 20-1-2013 @ 22:57
 
 
Someone said :
same old shite from the same people ( a lot of the usual suspects plus a new generation of facists) it is like i woke up back in the early 80s. talk about people in a time warp

Oh,such cynicism in one so young,those protesters were genuine in their attempts to stop progress and retain control.
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# 5 : Sunday 20-1-2013 @ 23:09
 
 
Well, the opinion polls indicate that the majority of Irish adults want the X case legislated for. Only 8% polled were against abortion in any circumstance - including where the life of the mother was at risk - and those at Saturday's protest represented this 8% IMO along with Youth Defence and other right wing groups.

You can bet that the vast majority of those protestors are no friend of LGBT rights and equal marriage either. They would rather drag Ireland back to the dark ages of religious oppression.
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# 6 : Sunday 20-1-2013 @ 23:13
 
 
They want to protect the unborn,they don't give a shit about those already born.
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# 7 : Sunday 20-1-2013 @ 23:14
 
 
Someone said :

You can bet that the vast majority of those protestors are no friend of LGBT rights and equal marriage either. They would rather drag Ireland back to the dark ages of religious oppression.

Bit of a generalisation there! The issues are very different.
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# 8 : Sunday 20-1-2013 @ 23:15
 
 
Someone said :

You can bet that the vast majority of those protestors are no friend of LGBT rights and equal marriage either.

Why can you bet that?
Most people don't give a shit if a person is gay or not these days
Are you feeling left out? Do you want protests to be about your sexuality and your rights?
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# 9 : Sunday 20-1-2013 @ 23:18
 
 
Someone said :

Why can you bet that?
Most people don't give a shit if a person is gay or not these days
Are you feeling left out? Do you want protests to be about your sexuality and your rights?

I think it's quite safe to say that religious groups like the Iona Institute and Youth Defence who were organising this protest - along with right wing American religious organisations - are against LGBT equality and indeed any rights for gay people. They have plenty of homophobic statements on record. Iona just a couple of weeks ago put out an advert opposing marriage equality.

Of course not all those against abortion in any circumstances are anti-gay, but I would suspect that many - if not most - are. People who are influenced hugely by religion tend to follow the doctrines of those religious teachings to the letter.
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# 10 : Sunday 20-1-2013 @ 23:21
 
 
Someone said :

but I would suspect that most are.

I'm against sprouts.
I honestly think if a rally against sprouts marched in Dublin, You would start waving a flag at me and claim in some way we are also against gays.

Stop looking for enemies and start making friends.
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# 11 : Sunday 20-1-2013 @ 23:26
 
 
JK, abortion is a divisive issue. There's no right or wrong: people are entitled to differ. It's unhelpful to dismiss anti abortion protestors as bigoted homophobes. Sure, there'll be a correlation, but sneering at their backwardness lacks generosity.
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# 12 : Sunday 20-1-2013 @ 23:26
 
 
Someone said :

I'm against sprouts.
I honestly think if a rally against sprouts marched in Dublin, You would start waving a flag at me and claim in some way we are also against gays.

Stop looking for enemies and start making friends.

Sorry, who said I was looking for enemies?

I am pro-choice and therefore do not agree with these "pro-life" protestors. They of course have a right to protest and express their views but they want to the deny the rights of others so I have every right to oppose them.

Anyway - back on topic. Does anyone think that pro-choice campaign needs to up its game after this?
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# 13 : Sunday 20-1-2013 @ 23:33
 
 
Someone said :

Does anyone think that pro-choice campaign needs to up its game after this?

Not really. I think the lifers are to be admired for turning out in such force in such nasty weather. Anyone who's alive can't help but have noticed "Savitagate".

Popular public support is for legislative change, but it's no harm that the lifers make their voices heard too.
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# 14 : Monday 21-1-2013 @ 02:35
 
 
Someone said :

You can bet that the vast majority of those protestors are no friend of LGBT rights and equal marriage either. They would rather drag Ireland back to the dark ages of religious oppression.

Again I quote you on this.
You take a subject and try and make it about homosexuality.
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# 15 : Monday 21-1-2013 @ 03:25
 
 
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