This blog doesn’t advocate voting as a way of achieving any kind of meaningful change. But, if you’re that way inclined, it’s at least a good idea to avoid voting for someone who actively supports the brutalisation and suppression of women and others who may find themselves pregnant. I’ve drawn the European list together from two different pro-life sites (neither of which I’ll be linking to) who asked two slightly different sets of questions.
The Life Institute asked:
- Do you support the repeal of the legislation which permits abortion on suicide grounds, and support making Ireland a place where unborn children are legally protected and mothers get all necessary life-saving treatment in pregnancy?
- Will you oppose measures in the European Parliament which seek to liberalise Ireland’s abortion laws and support pro-life measures such as the One of Us campaign?
The Pro Life Campaign asked:
As a Member of the European Parliament, and notwithstanding the position of your political party (if applicable) will you:
(i) vote against abortion at every opportunity.
(ii) vote against destructive embryonic stem cell research at every opportunity.
(iii) work with like-minded MEPS to advance the protection of life at all stages across Europe
(iv) work towards the repeal of the abortion legislation introduced in Ireland in 2013
Note that this means their effective position is that a pregnant person should be forced to remain pregnant against their will even if it results in their death by suicide.
The following is a list of candidates who responded affirmatively to one or both of these pro-life groups’ questions:
Raymond Whitehead – Direct Democracy Ireland
Theresa Heaney – Catholic Democrat Party
Diarmuid Flynn – Independent
Dónal Ó Ríordáin – Fís Nua
Brian Crowley – Fianna Fáil (Did not directly address suicide provision in the X Case legislation, but affirmed a pro-life position.)
Peter O’Loughlin – Independent
Kieran Hartley – Fianna Fáil
Midlands & West
Ronán Mullen – Independent
Marian Harkin – Independent
Pat ‘the Cope’ Gallagher – Fianna Fáil
Thomas Byrne – Fianna Fáil
The Life Institute has compiled this handy pdf list of local election candidates who responded affirmatively to the question:
Do you support the repeal of the legislation which permits abortion on suicide grounds, and support making Ireland a place where unborn children are legally protected and mothers get all necessary life-saving treatment in pregnancy?
It should be noted that non-appearance on these lists doesn’t mean that the candidate is pro-choice. The pro-lifers are still bitter over the passing of the extremely limited and restrictive legislation to provide abortion in the case of direct risk of death, and as far as they’re concerned, everyone who voted for the legislation or is a member of Fine Gael or Labour is effectively pro-choice so excercise caution.