Independent election candidate Tim Jackson has started a hunger strike outside the Dáil demanding that Leo Varadkar and the Oireachtas Committee on Abortion watch a video of an abortion at their meeting before discussing a referendum any further. The Donegal man wrote to Leo Varadkar and Senator Catherine Noone, chairwoman of the committee, last week requesting the group watch footage of the controversial procedure, but did not receive a response.
Jackson, who was 26 when we ran in the last General Election, said "Our leaders apparently don't want to face the ugly truth of how the child is killed, despite pushing for a repeal of the 8th Amendment. How many of them even care that the remains of the child are incinerated, as if they never existed? There is no outcry over a human being that's killed or denied a grave in this instance; there's actually political support for it. We also have a Minister for Children who has brought her office into disrepute by calling for a repeal which would strip children in the womb of their natural right to life. Choosing which human beings can live and die is unacceptable, and they won't get away with this."
Jackson will drink water and says the hunger strike will not be to the point of death. He began this morning carrying a white flag which, he says, "calls for an end to the war on unwanted, unborn babies, 50 million of whom are killed every year."
2. Tim Jackson is a 28 year-old self-employed marketing consultant. He is a graduate of St. Patrick's College, Maynooth and has done aid work in Syria, the Central African Republic and India. He ran as an Independent candidate in the General Election in 2016.
Kathy Sinnott, a former MEP for Ireland South, is now on day 12 of a hunger strike demanding that the Oireachtas Committee on Abortion watch a video of an abortion. Sinnott, who is a carer for her son with disabilities and therefore based at home, said: "When I think of the threat of the cruel suffering and death of innocent babies if we repeal or change the 8th, the discomfort of going without food is nothing."
"If the politicians want a truly informed debate then they must watch an abortion and see what happens to the victims they will create. It's so unfair to the victim, who's one chance at life will be robbed from them if these politicians succeed." Sinnott's hunger strike carries on from a demand by Tim Jackson, a former election candidate from Donegal, to have the committee watch an abortion. Jackson finished his hunger strike at the end of September after ten days when the committee refused to watch the procedure on video.
Sinnott also said "I trust that if the members of the committee have any humanity, they will be shocked by a video of abortion and desist from their attempts to repeal the 8th Amendment. People across Ireland should be ready to fight this government tooth and nail in order to save lives."
The White Flag Movement has said it may organise a major hunger strike at the Dáil if the committee continues with its refusal to watch the controversial procedure.