Many of you will be well aware of the anti choice group Youth Defence (I’m not going to link to the page as I don’t want to help increase their traffic or your blood pressure!). You will also no doubt be aware of the many questionable declarations they make about abortion in Ireland.
Once such claim is this: “During Election 2011 Fine Gael promised they would not allow abortion to be legalised in Ireland.”
Where is the evidence of this promise?
Ah, I know… it will be in the Fine Gael 2011 Election Manifesto! Oh hold on a second – I can’t find any such promise. In fact the only reference to abortion in the 80 page document is this on page 25:
To me that almost seems like a statement of progress. I’d love to know how Youth Defence think setting up an expert group equates to a pro life promise? It’s obviously a feat of semantic gymnastics I am not yet familiar with. But hold on a sec, maybe I’m mistaken. Maybe this ‘promise’ is in the Programme for Government.
Well there’s only one way to find out! Here’s the Programme for Government 2011… and here are the references to abortion:
However there is a reference to the X Case:
Again no ‘pro life promise’ instead two references to expert groups being set up to address issues. This Expert Group has now given their report to Cabinet. It’s up to all of us to remind Enda of HIS ACTUAL PARTY POSITION not the one Youth Defence made up for him. Write to all the Fine Gael TDs in your constituency now using this fantastic NWCI Tool and remind them of what their own manifesto says!
And don’t forget the Labour TDs who not only signed up to the Programme for Government but also have an established position to legislate for the X case.
Don’t you just hate it when someone
*cough Youth Defence cough* is telling porkies!