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22nd January 2020, 19:03

​Gib Pro Life Movement's inaugural conference showcases ideas that will be championed ahead of abortion referendum

The Gibraltar Pro Life Movement has held its inaugural conference, giving a flavour of the ideas they are going to champion in the build-up to the abortion referendum in March. It featured a host of local and international speakers under the banner ‘Creating a Village - Supporting Mother and Baby’.

The Chair of the Pro Life Movement, Patricia Parody, said she was thrilled with the energy at Grand Battery House. Also addressing the crowd was the movement’s patron Lady Cristina Caruana.

Keynote speaker Baroness Nuala O'Loan said there is no obligation on the government of Gibraltar to introduce abortion based on the 2018 Supreme Court judgement in England and Wales.

Baroness O’Loan said "Each life is worth fighting for”, imploring those present to “fight with the language of love”. Stephane Yeo of the movement’s CareLink programme outlined the work done by the charity with new mothers and vulnerable families locally.

For her part, Irish lawyer Caroline Simons was very critical of the new law that is being put to referendum, in particular the provision for women to access an abortion on the grounds that continuing with the pregnancy would affect her mental health.

The Pro Life Movement has announced a March For Life which will take place on the 6th of February.