The All Ireland Rally for Choice - Counter Demo to Youth Defence's "Rally for Life"
I am sure you've seen the Anti-Abortion billboards by Youth Defence. These billboards have caused broad range of discussion from advertising standards to free speech to misinformation and the ever divisive issue of abortion itself. And it's not the first campaign of its kind.
In March this year, we carried out a social media campaign analysis of the Youth Defence page, it had 30,178 likes, three months later it has 57,661 fans. (source)
This demonstrates to us that Youth Defence have the financial backing, social media know-how and are actively and aggressively campaigning for their Pro-Life/Anti-Choice beliefs.
The problem is that the pro-choice side is comparatively passive. And in Ireland it is those who shout the loudest who get heard. It's time to start being heard.
Below, are some examples of Youth Defence's behaviour and how you can help rally against it both on and offline.
YD use emotive, over-simplified, and often religious references,
Believe it or not, the members who attend the YD marches are quite rude, aggressive and kind of scary.
Last year, those who attended the counter-demo were called murderers, nazis and were told they were going to hell, often by people holding up crucifixes.
The pictures on the left are intended to demonstrate the juxtaposition between what YD propagate and the reality.
As such, if you're attending the Rally for Choice or even if you are engaging with YD online, be respectful, be sane - because they sure are not.
We hope to see you at the counter demonstration, online or offline!
I am pro-choice but feel this article is blatantly biased and bad-mouths every pro-lifer quite unfairly. We should be advertising somewhere between the two extremes, letting women know that there are many options and that they don't have to be part of either extreme. It's not wrong for a women to choose not to carry an unplanned pregnancy to term, but it's not wrong to have an opposing opinion, either. Everyone should have total control over their own body.
The strongest message I get from these pages is that of the rivalry that exists between both groups. I am seeing a lot of "Support this because the others are wrong, rude and close-minded." instead of "Support this because it is fair and is a right that is owed to women everywhere."
Hey IFN -
I'm a proud feminist & have been an avid supporter of your group for a long time now. I love all the great work you've done in the past. However, I've been really disappointed by your pro-choice bias. Historically, feminists have been strongly opposed to abortion - and while the second wave of feminism changed that for the most part, there are still tons of feminists (like me) who are anti-abortion for the same reason we are feminist: we believe in equal rights and equity for all human beings. This is not a conservative issue or a religious one. In fact, it's not even political. (Or at least it shouldn't be.) This is about human rights. Women deserve equity to men (and trans/queer individuals do as well!) - but we shouldn't gain our equal footing by standing on the backs of others. We need to find better solutions. I hope that IFN can re-assess its stance on the abortion issue in Ireland. I don't know if I can support a group that isn't consistent!
If the majority of women in ireland are pro choice then where were they on 7/7/12 in belfast? They were outnumbered easily 50 to 1 by pro lifers. that speaks volumes....
They have jobs.
And photographs indicate there are still plenty of them, certainly not a 50 to 1 ratio
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