DUBLIN, January 17, 2013, ( — The Life Institute has said that a Vigil for Life to take place in Dublin this Saturday is crucial to opposing government plans to legalise abortion on suicide grounds. 


The Health Minister, James Reilly, has said that the heads of a Bill legalising abortion would be ready by the end of January, but this has provoked unprecedented public concern according to the Life Institute.  
Spokeswoman for the Institute, Niamh Uí Bhriain, said that volunteers had worked right through Christmas to deal with the flood of enquiries from around the country about the pro-life event.
“People are shocked that Enda Kenny and James Reilly seem determined to push through abortion legislation as quickly as possible, despite the clear evidence that abortion is not a treatment for suicide,” she said.
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“There is huge unease around the country as to what is being planned, especially given that Fine Gael made a pro-life promise on this issue in Election 2011,” she added.
She also pointed out that at recent Parliamentary hearings every medical expert agreed that abortion was never a treatment for suicide. 
“People who have never taken part in a pro-life event before are ringing us to say they will be there, and that they feel Fine Gael has let them down on an issue of enormous importance,” said the pro-life spokeswoman.
Ms Ui Bhriain said that the Vigil would be a significant event in terms of expressing public opposition to abortion.
She said that thousands of people throughout Ireland were mobilising to bring friends and family to the Vigil for Life, which she said would build on the large crowd on the previous Vigil on December 4th.
The Vigil is being organised by a coalition of pro-life groups including Life Institute, Pro-Life, Campaign, Precious Life, Youth Defence and Family & Life.


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