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DUBLIN, Nov 21 (LSN) – Youth Defense, one of Ireland’s leading pro-life groups, launched a fund- raising appeal Friday for a 13-year-old pregnant girl who was allegedly raped. A government agency has appealed to the country’s High Court for permission to procure an abortion for her, giving rise to renewed calls to legalize baby-killing in Ireland.

Contrary to earlier reports by the media, the parents of the child have said they want their grandchild to live. Niamh NicMathuna, spokeswoman for Youth Defense, told reporters, “The parents told me that they are opposed to the notion of their daughter going to England for an abortion. They want their daughter to have the child, their grandchild.”