“Pro-life advocates assembled outside Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda, a town just north of Dublin, after social media claims that the first abortion was scheduled to take place at the Catholic medical center on Jan. 7. Catholic priests asked for prayers so that the mother of the endangered child might have a change of heart.
Economist and pro-life advocate Ray Kinsella tweeted that an abortion was to be carried out at the hospital on Monday morning, urging followers to pray for the mother. ‘Please pray hard that the #mother will recognise the #baby as a gift from God,’ Kinsella wrote. The Irish Times quoted a Facebook statement by ‘Pro-Life Ireland’ about the demonstration: ‘The first abortion in our Lady of Lourdes hospital is scheduled for first thing tomorrow morning Monday 7th. The priests in Drogheda have asked for prayers that the woman will have a change of heart overnight and not go through with the procedure. Please spread the word.’
The hospital has a maternity unit that serves much of the northeast portion of the Irish Republic. They held placards saying: ‘Abortion is murder;’ ‘Let him be born;’ ‘Let her be born;’ ‘Killing in progress.'”