The HISTORY of the Irish pro-life movement has been written.
For thirty-five years, Ireland’s 8th amendment protected both mother and child from abortion.
Hundreds of thousands of lives were saved. Irish maternal healthcare was also amongst the best in the world.
Ireland was described by abortion campaigners as the jewel in the crown of the pro-life movement – but that became one of the reasons why international funding poured into a campaign to repeal the 8th amendment.
On May 25th 2018, that legal protection for preborn babies was stripped away after a deeply divisive campaign which saw the media relentlessly spin the removal of the 8th amendment as being necessary to protect women’s lives.
While the international news stories focused on the result of the referendum, until now the history of Ireland’s pro-life protections and the people, the movement, the events and campaigns that kept abortion at bay has never been written.
This is the untold story of Ireland’s pro-life movement – of the ordinary men and women who did extraordinary work to ensure Ireland’s unborn babies were protected for decades after most of the Western World had fallen to the abortion industry.
It is the story of how the 8th was won, how the 8th was lost, and how hundreds of thousands of lives were saved in between.
Jonathan Van Maren tells how Ireland’s constitutional ban on abortion came about, how thousands of unlikely heroes, fought in anonymity for years to save children not their own, persevering in the face of a hostile culture, a contemptuous media, and powerful political opposition.
Too often, the stories of the pro-life movement are told by others. Too often, they are told by a pro-choice media who act more like attack dogs than journalists.
This is the real story of the thousands of people who put boots on the ground to fight tooth and nail for the life of every pre-born baby. It is the story of the men and women who fought with their ancestors at their backs and their children in their hearts, fired by the rock-solid conviction that Ireland’s babies were worth fighting for.
It is the story of how they succeeded in that fight for decades and how the exploitation of a woman’s tragic death was used as a battering ram to breach those defences.
It is the story of resilience and defiance that is, even now, raising up the movement once again.
It is time for this story to be told.
272 pages including 8 page full colour insert. Also available as ebook on amazon.ca
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