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# Youth Defence

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# Citizens Assembly
Youth Defence: 'Sex traffickers and child molesters love abortion'
The group was presenting before the Citizens’ Assembly this morning
# ssmref
This is what the Youth Defence website looks like today
It displays a message that reads “Vote Yes”.
# Restraining Order
Anti-abortion protester convicted of harassment outside Belfast clinic
Bernadette Smyth is appealing the decision.
# Limerick
Pro-life campaigners to hold protest 'witness' at Fine Gael conference
The national conference is set to take place in Limerick on Saturday.
# Seanad referendum
Martin to Taoiseach: 'You're adopting tactics that would make Libertas or Youth Defence blush'
The Fianna Fáil leader has hit out at the Taoiseach over claims from Fine Gael that abolishing the Seanad will save €20 million.
# Abortion
Rosary chants and 'Savita' banners greet TDs ahead of contentious vote
Dozens of pro-life protesters are maintaining their vigil as deputies arrive ahead of today’s abortion vote. Pro-choice campaigners said there were “tensions” between the groups overnight.
# News Fix
Here’s What Happened Today: Tuesday
Everyone’s talking about Youth Defence, property developers and Edward Snowden…
# Abortion
Youth Defence says website hack was “illegal and utterly pointless”
The Youth Defence website has been replaced by a text which says it is blowing the lid on the background of the anti-abortion group.
# Your Say
Poll: Have abortion protests gone too far?
Two abortion protests are making the news today ahead of the Dáil vote on abortion legislation tomorrow. Are they crossing the line with their tactics?
# Abortion
Billboard company discontinues Youth Defence campaign after Rape Crisis Centre incident
Mobile advertising company AdMobile says that the parking of an anti-abortion message opposite a rape support headquarters was an ‘innocent error’.
# Abortion
Cardinal says Taoiseach’s abortion comment ‘makes no sense’
Kenny’s statement that he’s ‘not a Catholic Taoiseach’ has been criticised by American Cardinal Raymond L. Burke.
# Abortion
'Misleading' to say abortion does or does not help suicidal women
A New Zealand based psychologist, whose work has been quoted extensively by pro-life groups, has raised issues with the definitive conclusions those groups have drawn from his work.
# Abortion
Pro-life groups: 'Proposals go too far'; Pro-choice: 'Bill doesn't go far enough'
It’s not often that Clare Daly and Youth Defence are in agreement…
# youth defence attack
Pro-life group condemns attack on office as 'grotesque and vile'
Faeces was used to stick photos and news clippings of Savita Halappanavar to the front of the Youth Defence office.
# Abortion
10 interesting moments from day three of the Oireachtas hearings on abortion
Thursday was the final day of Oireachtas hearings on how to implement legislation for the X case with religious and advocacy groups having their thoughts heard.
# Abortion
Churches and lobby groups to address Oireachtas abortion hearings
The third and final day is a busy one, with pro-choice, pro-life and several faith groups all weighing in on abortion.
# Dublin City Council
Youth Defence ordered to remove anti-abortion posters
Dublin City Council said that the organisation “had not applied for or received permission” for the anti-abortion posters which appeared in Dublin city centre this week.
# savita
Savita death 'not caused by Ireland's ban on abortion' - Youth Defence
The pro life group and senator Ronan Mullen have both criticised people for using the death of Savita Praveen Halappanavar to call for legislation on the X case.
# Youth Defence
Youth Defence under investigation over use of image in anti-abortion campaign
Pro-life campaigners Youth Defence are being investigated to determine whether they breached copyright in the use of one of the images used in their recent anti-abortion campaign.
# need to know
The Evening Fix: Thursday
Things we learned, loved and shared today.
# Abortion
Senator’s criticism of abortion ads an ‘odious abuse of taxpayer-funded privilege’
Labour senator Ivana Bacik has been criticised by the pro-life group Youth Defence after she called for the Advertising Standards Agency to be given a remit to act on complaints about anti-abortion ads.
Column: These billboards simply bring the reality of abortion into focus
The message may not be easy to take – but censorship is not the answer, writes Niamh Ui Bhriain of the Life Institute.
Column: This campaign is offensive – and flies in the face of the facts
If the anti-abortion billboards were really about women’s welfare they would look very different, writes Stephanie Lord of Choice Ireland.
# Abortion
ASAI powerless to act on anti-abortion billboards
The Advertising Standards Authority has received a number of complaints over the Life Institute campaign, but said it is outside their remit.
# Abortion
GALLERY: Protesters oppose proposed new abortion bill
Youth Defence, Life Institute and Precious Life gathered at Leinster House to proposed legislation for the result of the X Case.
# Youth Defence
In pictures: Youth Defence anti-abortion protests in Dublin
The activists held a protest to keep ‘Ireland Abortion Free’.