No vote ‘locked down in Drogheda’

CAM­PAIGN­ERS ARE WOR­RIED THERE WILL NOT BE ENOUGH CHIL­DREN FOR SCHOOLS OR GAA TEAMS IF ABOR­TION IS LE­GALISED

Mid Louth Independent - - NEWS -

ONE of the or­gan­is­ers of the lo­cal cam­paign to Save the Eighth, says he be­lieves the No vote is ‘locked down’ in Drogheda.

Micheal O’Dowd has been can­vass­ing with many oth­ers on the doorsteps of the town, and says they have been gen­er­ally well re­ceived, with ro­bust ex­changes tak­ing place, but noth­ing out­stand­ingly neg­a­tive.

“Even those we have been speak­ing with who would be con­sid­ered soft Yes votes, have been lis­ten­ing to us, and we help them delve deeper into what is be­ing said in the slogans. We be­lieve there is still a large num­ber of peo­ple, es­pe­cially younger vot­ers, who will vote to keep the 8th.”

Micheal, who has been can­vass­ing with his son Conor who has Down Syn­drome says Ire­land will stay a bet­ter place with the 8th amend­ment re­tained.

“Wher­ever you stand on abor­tion, the facts are im­pos­si­ble to ig­nore. Peo­ple whose dis­abil­i­ties are de­tected be­fore birth are ef­fec­tively be­ing wiped out by abor­tion. 90% of ba­bies di­ag­nosed with Down syn­drome in Bri­tain are aborted.

“We be­lieve Ire­land will be­come more like our neigh­bours in the UK is abor­tion is avail­able on de­mand, and fig­ures here show 55% of ba­bies with Down Syn­drome are be­ing ter­mi­nated there and we be­lieve it will rise sig­nif­i­cantly,’ he says.

An­other great con­cern for Michael, speak­ing on be­half of the Save the Eighth group, is the im­pact to the lo­cal com­mu­nity if there is abor­tion on de­mand to 12 weeks.

‘There will be fewer chil­dren in our schools and to play for our sports club, with GAA teams and things like that down mem­bers,” he tells the Drogheda In­de­pen­dent.

“This is not just an is­sue for now, and we have to think of the wider im­pact it will have on our so­ci­ety and our coun­try.”

Micheal says the group just doesn’t ex­cept that ter­mi­na­tion is ever an op­tion, even if cir­cum­stances like fa­tal foetal ab­nor­mal­i­ties, rape or in­cest are fac­tors.

“What­ever dif­fi­cul­ties sur­round the preg­nancy, there is never a need for ter­mi­nat­ing a preg­nancy,” he says.

“In ev­ery in­stance, a bet­ter solution can be found, and we are find­ing peo­ple are agree­ing with us on the doorsteps in Drogheda.”

What Micheal and the rest of the lo­cal Save the Eighth cam­paign­ers can’t agree on is the re­moval of No votes posters from around the town.

“We live in a democ­racy and both sides should be free to make their case with­out in­ter­fer­ence. There is a his­tory of such tol­er­ance in Drogheda, but I sup­pose that is the way things have be­come, and there’s noth­ing you can do.

“We know the peo­ple of Drogheda and Louth will vote with com­pas­sion, and that will be a No vote.”

Conor and Michael O’Dowd.

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