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Powerful new campaign in Ireland aims to refocus abortion debate on unborn’s humanity

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February 14, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) -- A new Irish pro-life initiative aims to refocus the abortion debate by pointing out that the humanity, and the human rights, of the preborn child cannot be denied. 

Ireland is the focus of global abortion campaigners, who are pouring money and resources into attacking the right to life provision in the Irish constitution, the 8th amendment, which was approved by a huge majority of the Irish people in 1983. 

“The media in Ireland are almost entirely supportive of abortion being legalised, and have gone into overdrive in the past three years, making a concerted effort to exclude the humanity of the baby from the debate. However, we are using grassroots campaigns and social media to bypass that media bias, and to refocus the debate, and this new campaign, HUMAN, is a key part of that refocus,” said Niamh Uí Bhriain of the Life Institute. 

“Everyone sees the incredible beauty and miracle of life in ultrasounds and scans these days, but a deliberate disconnect is being brought about by the media framing the debate to exclude preborn babies from the human rights that every human being entitled to,” the Life Institute spokeswoman said. 

“This campaign brings people to consider some basic, logical  facts – that if the baby is a human being, then that baby has the same rights as you and I. Since the humanity of the preborn child cannot be denied, we cannot deny  that child her human right to life,” she pointed out. 

“The video explains that we all are deserving of equal rights simply because of who we are; we are all human beings and have been from the beginning of our life. This means the youngest of us should have the same rights as the oldest of us. The weakest should have the same rights as the strongest. A woman should have the same rights as a man. The preborn child should have the same rights as the newborn. Because human rights are fundamental rights, to which every person is entitled, simply because he or she is a human being.”

“All human beings have the right to be safe. The right not to be tortured. The right to be free. But one human right is more important than all of the others. The right to life. Because without the right to life we cannot enjoy any other human right. Because without the right to life, there are no other human rights.” 

The HUMAN video message, the centre piece of the campaign, has already clocked up 120,000 views, and the Life Institute says it aims to get the message seen by 1 million Irish people. 

 

The full text of the video

“Humanity. 

It is all of us. It’s you and me and all of the living humans on earth. 

It is also the quality of being human. It’s the ability to love, to show compassion, to protect, to be kind – to acknowledge the human rights of others. 

There were times when we forgot what humanity means, times when we failed to uphold the human rights of others. Times when we have denied people their human rights based on colour, or creed or gender or ability. 

But we have progressed from that discrimination. And have recognized that we all are deserving of equal rights simply because of who we are; we are all human beings and have been from the beginning of our life. 

This means the youngest of us should have the same rights as the oldest of us. The weakest should have the same rights as the strongest. A woman should have the same rights as a man. The preborn child should have the same rights as the newborn.

Because human rights are fundamental rights, to which every person is entitled, simply because he or she is a human being.

All human beings have the right to be safe. The right not to be tortured. The right to be free.

But one human right is more important than all of the others. The right to life. Because without the right to life we cannot enjoy any other human right. Because without the right to life, there are no other human rights?

Now abortion campaigners want you to take away this right from preborn children.

They are human beings, like you and I, but like other victims before them, their humanity is being denied to justify their killing.

We do not deny human rights to those who are smaller.

We do not deny human rights to those who are younger and less developed. 

We do not consider those are who dependent on others to survive as being less deserving of human rights.

We do not discriminate by taking the right to life away from those who are sick and may not have long to live. 

We do not base a persons’ human rights on the manner in which he or she was conceived.

The humanity of the preborn human cannot be denied. Don’t deny them their right to life.”

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