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Pro-life rally staged in Dublin
04 Jul 2015 23:11
Thousands of people have gathered at Parnell Square in Dublin city centre for a pro-life rally.
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The theme of this year's march, entitled 'Rally for Life', is to speak up for babies with a disability.
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It is being organised by Youth Defence, the Life Institute, and Precious Youth.
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At 2.30pm demonstrators began making their way down O'Connell Street towards their finishing point outside Leinster House.
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Gardaí estimated the crowd for today's rally at between 5,000 and 8,000, while organisers said the figure was between 25,000 and 30,000.
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In a statement following today’s rally, Amnesty Ireland said it is not calling for abortion in Ireland on disabilityspecific grounds.
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The organisation claims women are entitled to abortion under internatioanl human rights law if a foetus has a severe or fatal impairment, and that must be decided on a case-by-case basis.
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The statement added: “These decisions and the decision to have an abortion should be left to women and their doctors.”
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Meanwhile, a counter rally, ‘Rally for Choice’, is being held simultaneously at the Spire on O'Connell Street.
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A few hundred people attended the pro-choice rally.
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Thousands of pro-life demonstrators walked past the pro-choice rally in front of the GPO on O’Connell Street in Dublin.
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While demonstrators shouted slogans at each other, the atmosphere was tense but was without major incident.
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