Contact: Alexa Coombs, Students for Life of America, 571-295-7352
BOSTON, May 16, 2013 /Christian Newswire/ -- On Monday, May 20th, Students for Life of America (SFLA) and other local and national pro-life organizations will host a prayer vigil and public witness (notatbc.com/?page_id=172) outside the Boston College graduation ceremony to protest Ireland's 1st pro-abortion Prime Minister giving the commencement address and receiving an honorary degree at the Catholic institution. SFLA will gather together to stand up for women, show the value and worth of children in the womb, and voice support for keeping Ireland abortion-free.
When: Monday, May 20th
8am - Prayer Vigil and Public Witness
9am - Press Conference
Where: Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA -- Corner of Beacon Street and Reservoir Avenue
"The fact that Boston College is honoring the man who is pushing an abortion bill that will lead to the mass death of preborn Irish children and the harm of countless women and families is unconscionable," said SFLA President Kristan Hawkins. "Thousands of people from across the globe have taken action on our website NotAtBC.com
to voice their outrage over the decision and send messages of support to Cardinal Sean O'Malley, who has been under attack by pro-abortion forces for boycotting the event. It's shameful that BC's President, Rev. William Leahy, has not rescinded the invitation to Prime Minister Enda Kenny, despite the outcry from the public and Catholic leaders. If Boston College won't stand for the preborn at its graduation ceremonies, we will."
PM Kenny and his governing party Fine Gael have gone against their election promises and introduced legislation that would legalize abortion in Ireland under the guise of preventing the suicide of pregnant women. As there is no gestational age limit to the measure, it would mean abortion on demand, by threat of suicide, through all nine months of pregnancy. In addition, Catholic hospitals would be forced to comply with the proposed law as it does not contain conscience clause protections for their health care workers.
The Catholic Church in Ireland has denounced the measure and called upon the Irish people to lobby their elected representatives to oppose it. Cardinal Sean Brady, the Primate of Ireland, said the bill, if approved, would "make the direct and intentional killing of unborn children lawful in Ireland." In addition, Kenny has threatened to expel pro-life Catholics from his party if they refuse to vote for the measure.
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