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Youth Defence

In pictures: Youth Defence anti-abortion protests in Dublin

The activists held a protest to keep ‘Ireland Abortion Free’.

MEMBERS OF ANTI-ABORTION group Youth Defence have gathered in Dublin to celebrate the 100,000 lives it says strict abortion laws in Ireland have saved since 1992.

Youth Defence claims that abortion legislation has not been introduced on the back of the Supreme Court’s ruling in the X Case twenty years ago because Irish people “remain strongly opposed to introducing abortion”.

Today’s rally is one in a series of events organised to mark the anniversary of the X Case and to “celebrate the babies saved from abortion”.

Thank You cards and heart-shaped lollipops were distributed to passers-by in the city centre today.

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The protest comes just two weeks after Independent TDs introduced the Medical Treatment Bill 2012 which would legislate for limited access to abortion in Ireland.

In 2010, the European Court of Human Rights found in the A, B, C vs Ireland case that the State had violated the European Convention on Human Rights by not providing abortion procedures in line with the rights enshrined in the Constitution.

An expert group has been set up to look at how the Government can implement this judgement. It is due to report by the end of June.

More: Government unlikely to vote for independent TDs’ abortion bill>

Twenty years on: a timeline of the X case>

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