Yes and No buses visit Dundalk over the weekend ahead of referendum on the Eighth Amendment
The build-up to the referendum on the Eighth Amendment continued in Dundalk over the Bank Holiday weekend with campaign buses from both the Yes and No camps visiting the town.
The LoveBoth ‘Vote No’ tour was the first to arrive in Dundalk on Sunday where it met with local supporters at the Market Square before heading off on a street canvas.
Speaking at the event, LoveBoth spokesperson Katie Ascough said: “We are now into the final countdown to 25th May, when the public will be asked to vote on the Government’s proposal which would introduce abortion for any reason up to 12 weeks. This is more extreme than the law in Britain, where for every 4 babies born, 1 is aborted.
“As we travel around the country, we are finding that people are very shocked to hear that there is nothing ‘restrictive’ about this proposal, despite what the Government has been saying. If it passes, the Government would never again have to go to the people on the issue of abortion. Instead, they would be free to make whatever laws they want.
“A vote for repeal would mean that local GP surgeries would become places where doctors are forced to end the lives of babies for any reason up to 12 weeks. A baby at that stage is incredibly well developed. He or she has a beating heart and a face. The baby is moving in the womb and starting to suck her thumb. It is frightening to think that a baby at this stage could have her life ended for any reason under the Government’s proposal.”
She concluded: “This is an extreme proposal, more extreme than the law in Britain. It would introduce abortion on demand. The only way to stop that is to Vote No on 25th May.”
The Together for Yes bus also visited Dundalk on Monday to campaign for a Yes vote with a large turn out at the Market Square.
The local group also held a successful Street Party for Repeal event on Friday evening to raise funds for their campaign.