A poster campaign showing an unborn child at 11 weeks is intended to remind people that regardless of the law, unborn human beings are still human beings.
Almost a year after the referendum that repealed Ireland’s constitutional protections for the unborn, the Iona Institute’s ‘Still One of Us’ campaign is based on a similar campaign from last year called ‘One of Us’. Ireland’s law allows abortion for any reason up to 12 weeks and after that on broadly the same grounds as in Britain.
“The campaign is a reminder that despite the result of last May, the unborn child is still one of us and no matter what the current legal situation might say, the child in the womb is still a human being and has the same right to life as the rest of us,” an Iona spokesperson said at the campaign launch.
“The heavy defeat of one year ago cannot mean that the pro-life movement ceases to advocate for the right-to-life of the unborn. No vote, no matter how big, has any effect on the basic fact that all human beings have a right to life even if our law no longer recognises this,” the spokesperson continued.
Just as the pro-choice movement did not go away when the Eighth Amendment was passed by two-to-one in 1983, the pro-life movement will also not go away, the spokesperson added.
The campaign will run for the next fortnight at a cost of €6,000.