Thousands of Irish pro-life demonstrators packed the street outside of the Dáil Eireann in Dublin for a Vigil for Life on Tuesday, calling on the legislature not to pass any laws that would allow abortion, reports the Catholic News Agency.
“We need to ensure that both our mothers and babies are best protected by banning abortion,” said Niamh Ui Bhrian of the Ireland pro-life group Life Institute.
Attendees at the candlelight vigil included adults, children, college students, clergy and church groups, who asked the government to protect both mothers and their unborn babies.
Some carried signs asking Ireland's Prime Minister Enda Kenny to “keep his pro-life promise” which the Fine Gael party leader made in the 2011 election.
The Irish government is debating an expert group's 58-page report on abortion that advocates abortion legislation and abortion regulation, the Irish newspaper The Independent reports.
The report is a response to a 2010 decision from the European Court of Human Rights that ruled that Ireland’s abortion laws do not protect the pregnant mother’s constitutional right to life, which the Irish Supreme Court established in 1992.
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