Save the 8th, the campaign against the repeal of the 8th amendment, has begun the first in a series of nationwide poster campaigns ahead of the referendum on May 25 next.

With the polling order signed on Wednesday night, it became legal to erect campaign posters from yesterday.

Save the 8th’s first poster reads: “In England, 1 in 5 babies are aborted. Don’t bring this to Ireland. Vote No”.

Four thousand of these posters will be erected nationwide, with further posters to follow.

Save the 8th’ spokesperson Niamh Ui Bhriain said: “In 1967, the British Abortion Act promised a restrictive regime of abortion, just like the Irish Government is proposing today.

"In England, this restrictive regime sees virtually no abortion refused, and one in five pregnancies ending with an abortion.
In 2010, Leo Varadkar warned that any attempt to introduce a restrictive abortion law would end with abortion on demand.

"Today, he is trying to take the country down the very path he warned against very recently.

"Our poster campaign seeks to raise awareness of what happens when abortion is legalised. It gives politicians a licence to kill."

Ms Ui Bhriain concluded: "We hope that Irish voters will not copy England’s mistake.”

Photo shows Save the 8th supporters at a rally in Letterkenny earlier in the campaign.

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