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.
The Cabinet's intention to proceed with a referendum on the 8th Amendment is an affront to human rights and displays a callous disregard for unborn children according to Tim Jackson, an Independent candidate in the General Election and founder of the White Flag movement.
"It will now be up to the people of Ireland to protect unborn children for generations to come, as our politicians abandon them to the vagaries of the ballot box. It is truly a dark day for Ireland when politicians tasked with protecting lives instead decide to strip vulnerable unborn, unwanted human beings of protection. It's also telling that the Oireachtas committee on abortion refused to watch a video of an abortion during their deliberations, thereby turning a blind eye to the barbaric fashion in which they are killed."
"Choosing to vote on who lives and dies is not democratic or even legal. The right to life, after all, resides in natural law and is only to be guaranteed by positive law. Just like voting on whether to legalise rape or child abuse would be an illegal vote and contravene natural law, we know that fundamental human rights should not be put to popular vote. In fact, our Consitution already recognises fundamental rights as being antecedent to all positive law. The human right to life is not granted or conferred by positive law, but only to be acknowledged, as the 8th Amendment confirms for unborn children."
"There will be deep anger felt in many homes around the country, particularly those who have children with disabilities and are disproportionately targeted for abortion throughout the world. We need only look next door to the UK where 90% of Down Syndrome babies are aborted. A country that once embraced the vulnerable through initiatives such as the Special Olympics is now being asked whether we should kill the innocent and voiceless."