National Convention for Life
The National Convention for Life was held in the PRINTWORKS CONFERENCE, DUBLIN CASTLE, on Saturday, 12 April 2014. Numbers totally exceed expectations and over 800 people attended the conference which was described as 'invigorating', 'electric', 'exciting' and 'much-needed.'
RENEW HOPE. REBUILD FAITH. REVIVE COMMITMENT.
CONNECT WITH THE CONVENTION
DR RAFAEL CABRERA
DR PETER SAUNDERS
SENATOR JIM WALSH
MATTIE MCGRATH, TD
SOME OF THE SPEAKERS
LILA ROSE / USA
JOURNALIST, MEDIA COMMENTATOR AND EXPOSING THE ABORTION INDUSTRY
Lila Rose broke new ground when she used undercover investigations to reveal the abuses of the abortion industry - and then used new media to make her shocking findings known. She is the face of a new generation of pro-life activists in the US who are committed to ending abortion in their lifetime. She also oversees pro-life social media platforms on the web, including over 600,000 Facebook fans and over 30,000 followers on Twitter. Lila is a regular guest on many national TV and radio programs, and was recently named among the National Journal's "25 Most Influential Washington Women Under 35”.
DR PETER SAUNDERS / BRITAIN
DOCTOR AND PRESIDENT OF 'CARE NOT KILLING'
Dr Peter Saunders is one of the most well-known and respected commentators on life issues. At the National Convention he will address caring for unborn children with terminal disorders, and look at medical opposition to child euthanasia in Belgium
BERNADETTE SMYTH / NORTH OF IRELAND
DIRECTOR OF PRECIOUS LIFE
A mother of four, Smyth founded the activist group Precious Life in 1997 and has since helped make it Northern Ireland’s largest and most active pro-life organization.
Under Smyth’s continued leadership, Precious Life has capitalized on its political influence and dynamic grassroots base in 2013, popularizing the European Citizens’ Initiative “One of Us.” This program aims to protect the rights of the human embryo across European Union-member states, assisting with the March for Life in Dublin last July — which saw a turnout of 50,000 people — and continuing to fight to protect the legal protections afforded to unborn children in Northern Ireland.
LUCA VOLONTÉ / ITALY
Luca Volonté is the Italian politician who brought Enda Kenny to task for refusing Fine Gael deputies the right to conscientious objection on abortion. Luca has also led successful initiatives against euthanasia, such as the resolution passed by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in 2012 stating that “euthanasia must always be prohibited", and a 2010 resolution that strengthened freedom of conscience for doctors and medical staff.
NIAMH UÍ BHRIAIN / IRELAND
PRESIDENT OF LIFE INSTITUTE
Niamh Uí Bhriain is one of Ireland's best known pro-life commentators and leaders, who has appeared on major national and international news and current affairs programmes, and written extensively on pro-life issues.
Working with the Life Institute and in conjunction with Youth Defence, she has helped to produce some of the most creative and effective pro-life campaigns seen in Ireland, with many of those messages also being used by pro-life groups right across the world. She says, "We are raising up a new generation to inform, educate and influence the culture, to provide a better answer for mothers and babies, and to ultimately abolish abortion," she says. The Life Institute is a centre of excellence for pro-life information, undertakes important research on pro-life issues, and is wholly committed to bringing Ireland back to life.
Niamh had the privilege of meeting Blessed John Paul II in private audience, where he told Irish pro-life activists to 'continue in your apostolate and be courageous'.
DR EOGHAN DE FAOITE / IRELAND
DOCTOR AND PRO-LIFE ADVOCATE
CAROLYN O'MEARA / IRELAND
NURSE AND CRISIS PREGNANCY COUNSELLOR / SUPPORT
‘Carolyn O’Meara married to Paul for five years and she has three small children, Briain, Shonagh and Odhran.
She is a qualified mental health and pediatric nurse currently working in pediatrics. Carolyn has been involved in pro life work since the age of 14 and is the founder and director of Gianna Care. This is a free service to women and their families who find themselves in unexpected pregnancies and those suffering after abortion.’
TRACY HARKIN / IRELAND
MOTHER OF KATHLEEN ROSE AND SPOKESPERSON EVERY LIFE COUNTS
Tracy Harkin's baby girl, Kathleen Rose, was born with Trisomy 13, a condition sometimes insensitively described as 'incompatible with life'. Doctors said her future was bleak. Seven years later, Kathleen Rose is not just alive, she is thriving and enjoying life with her loving family. "She is not incompatible with life, she is the love of our lives," say Tracy and her husband Tom. Hear the amazing and uplifting story of Kathleen Rose as told by her mother Tracy.
JILL STANEK / USA
WHISTLEBLOWER AND LAW CHANGER
Jill Stanek was working as a nurse when she blew the whistle on what was happening to babies who survived abortions in hospitals right around the world. Her actions led to the Born Alive Act in the US which protects children who survive abortion and to a massive public debate on the reality of the abortion industry. Following the Born Alive Act, pro-life laws restricting abortion were passed in many states, and the US has now seen its abortion rate drop to the lowest point since Roe vs Wade.
LUIS LOSADA / SPAIN
OVERTURNING THE ABORTION ON DEMAND LAW
Last month, Spain made history as the first EU country to overturn legislation which had made abortion-on-demand lawful. Journalist Luis Losada will explain how the pro-life movement succeeded in reversing the law and how pro-life activists are now working towards a total ban on abortion. Luis also works with the Citizen Go initiative which mobilises public support for pro-life initiatives.