At least 39 local pro-life rallies will take place across the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland on July 3.
The virtual Rally for Life on July 4 will include speakers such as the pro-life apologist and author Stephanie Gray Connors, former abortionist Dr. Anthony Levatino, abortion survivor Claire Culwell, post-abortive woman Natalia Isherwood, and other pro-life leaders from the U.K. and Europe.
The events will be preceded by a livestreamed vigil for life at St. Mary’s in Cork on July 2. Groups have been encouraged to also organize local vigils in their cities.
In May 2018, Ireland voted in a referendum to repeal the Eighth Amendment, which guaranteed the right to life of the unborn. The Health (Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy) Act entered into Irish law in December 2018 and went into effect on Jan. 1, 2019.
Figures released by the Department of Health on June 29 showed that 6,577 abortions took in place in Ireland in 2020, confirming a dramatic increase in abortions in the wake of the referendum.
Eilís Mulroy of the Pro Life Campaign said: “When you add today’s figure of 6,577 to the 194 abortions on women from Ireland who traveled to England in the same period, the total number of Irish abortions in 2020 was 6,771. This represents a massive 70% increase since 2018, the year prior to the introduction of abortion.”