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07 / 11 / 2008 - Youth Defence promises determined and widespread campaign against embryo research
See also: Youth Defence organise successful protest in UCC
Youth Defence has said that a campaign opposing embryo research being carried out in UCC or any other Irish university would be rolled out by the organisation “very shortly” and that they hoped to unite the pro-life community in the endeavour.
Spokesman Eoghan de Faoite said that the deplorable decision by UCC’s governing body to import human embryonic stem cell lines for experimentation was an affront to human decency and to the pro-life ethos of the Irish people. Mr de Faoite hoped the new campaign would have the “strength of a full scale referendum campaign and would employ poster and/or billboards to capture the attention of the public who needed to be made aware of the gravity of the situation.”
He also said that a “huge, committed effort” was required to get information to every household the information they needed on the issue. “We’ll be following the format of our earlier No Exceptions campaign which produced great results,” said the Youth Defence spokesman. “And we’ll be drawing on the expertise and the network used to such good effect in the referendum on the Lisbon Treaty.” He said that the pro-life movement had showed it could maximise its effect when it unified and that he was confident this could be achieved in the coming weeks.
Youth Defence are also looking at contacting UCC donors and students to get them on board.
The Irish Times reported that President of UCC, Dr Michael Murphy, spoke in favour of the code of practice, citing the fact that a number of researchers at the university had said that embryonic stem cell research was essential to their work. “This justification seems tenuous at best since the scientific community is now increasingly focusing on adult stem cells, but Professor Murphy must realise that the end cannot always justify the means and respect for life should trump scientific curiosity. Nazi scientists also argued that experimenting on human life was necessary but they were wrong, since there can be no justification for something that is morally wrong,” said Carolyn Johnston of Youth Defence.
Last Friday (31st October) Youth Defence held a protest at UCC, regarding the recent decision of the governing body of University College Cork to approve embryonic stem cell research. Joined by locals from Cork and Students of UCC, the protest was a huge success. Protesters had a chance to speak to lots of the students on campus; Rebecca Roughneen of Youth Defence said “Most of the students didn’t actually realize that this was going on in the college”
We will be continuing the campaign to inform people about embryonic stem cell research, please pray that the motion in UCC will be reversed and if you can spare some time to help out it would be fantastic! Thanks to everyone who helped out last week at the protest!
Source : Youth Defence