Pro-lifers take their campaign to Derry

Prolifers in Derry this week.

Prolifers in Derry this week.

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Young pro-lifers took to the streets of Derry last week to raise the profile of their ‘Life is Precious’ campaign.

The young women and men who are all under the age of 25 have been going around cities in Northern Ireland.

Rachel McEvoy. DER3015MC027

Rachel McEvoy. DER3015MC027

The street information sessions are done in Belfast each Saturday however the women were determined that the message be brought to other towns including Derry, Enniskillen, Lisburn, Portrush and Letterkenny.

Rachel McEvoy from Precious Life said it was important to them to travel round promoting the “culture of life.”

“We want to talk to people about the horror of abortion and educate people about the beautiful development of the unborn child in the womb,” she said.

She revealed how Precious Life has been doing street sessions in Belfast for more than 20 years.

“They are vital in keeping abortion out of Northern Ireland,” she said.

On Tuesday of this week the women handed out a leaflet entitled ‘Every Life is Precious.’

“We want to tell people why abortion is wrong,” said Rachel.

The leaflet claims that medical experts have confirmed that no medical conditions arise in pregnancy which require the direct killing of an unborn child.

It also states that rape victims need long term compassion and care, not a quick fix solution.

“We tell people how abortion is never medically necessary,” said Rachel. “We are pointing out that this is not a simple procedure. We talk about the development of the unborn child and how an unborn baby is a human being from the time of conception.”

The group say they get a mixed reaction on the street.

“There are rarely people who say they would want abortion in full, but some people who want it with exceptions.

“But we often find there is an ignorance there and they don’t fully understand that abortion isn’t medically necessary, they don’t understand the side effects.”

Our roadshow is about changing hearts and minds and saving lives in the process.”

Rachel says the street session is vital and they get plenty of encouragement from it.

And she defended the group’s decision to use graphic pictures on the street.

“We have the pictures so people can see the difference between the unborn child in the womb and the child outside of womb, distorted. A child that’s been hurt by abortion.

“Graphic pictures are used by police, they’re used on smoking packets to let people know about the dangers.”

She said the group had been getting a good response on the streets of Derry with people signing their petition.

“Youth for life have different campaigns,” she said. “Part of our aim going is going out on street educating people and using the petitions as a platform.”