Members of Youth Defence assembled in the Market Square in Cavan Town on last Thursday afternoon to campaign for the retention of the 8th Amendment of the Constitution.
Stephen Brady from Ballyjamesduff has been volunteering with Youth Defence for the past seven years and was part of the delegation in Cavan last week. He explained that this pro-life campaign group's appearance in the county town was part of a whistle stop tour of the country to publicise their views on the 8th Amendment.
“I was actually born in New York where for the past 40 years there have been around 60 million abortions," said Mr Brady. "You can look at any country where abortion has been legalised – it might start off very rare, but after a few years it becomes pretty much abortion on demand. We do not want to see that in Ireland – we think every human deserves their right to life.”
Media bias claim
When asked what type of reception Youth Defence were receiving from the public, Stephen Brady said: “Some days it can be mixed, but I think generally overall it is very positive. In the media we see in Ireland there is very much a pro-choice slant, where most of the coverage is biased in favour of abortion," he claimed.
“Studies have been done which shows that for every one pro-life article in a newspaper, there might be 33 in favour of abortion.”
Mr Brady added that he is heartened by the interest expressed in the pro-life movement amongst younger people, explaining that they form a significant chunk of Youth Defence. Returning to his country of origin, Mr Brady claims that a recent 'march for life' in the US attracted the involvement of approximately a million young people.
“From what I have seen, young people are really interested in getting involved in this pro-life movement," said Stephen Brady.