A Compassionate Society | Sochaí Atruach:
Standing Up for the Right to Life:
Aontú seeks to protect the Right to Life of everyone irrespective of age, gender, race, creed, abilities or stage of development. We seek a humane and compassionate response to unplanned pregnancies. Aontú will fight for the economic supports necessary so that all parents have the confidence to raise their children to their full potential. We will fight to take mothers out of food, housing and healthcare poverty in all cases.
Aontú opposes abortion because abortion ends the lives of human beings. In particular, Abortion targets the poorest, those with disabilities and females. You are far more likely to be aborted if you are female, have a disability or are from a poor socio-economic background.
The North has undergone an extreme change in abortion legislation in a short time. Shockingly there has been little debate or discussion about it. The silence has been stifling. No Nationalist party has represented the views of hundreds of thousands of Nationalists that support Human Rights for all individual living human beings.
North and south, 23,000 unborn children have been aborted in 3 years. That’s the equivalent to the 900 classrooms of children who have had their lives ended due to these laws that have been introduced.
Sinn Féin lobbied hard for the North to be Next. They forgot their republicanism and lobbied the British Government to introduce abortion on demand in this part of Ireland. Shockingly, the SF and the SDLP leaders have voted for abortion up until birth for children with disabilities.
Aontú is now the only all Ireland party that supports the objective of the proclamation, to Cherish All the Children of the Nation equally. Aontú is now the only all Ireland party that supports the Human Right to Life for everyone.
We all live under the same sky. We are all responsible for each other, no matter how small, weak or vulnerable we are. Aontú will seek to reverse the deregulation of abortion law and put in protections for babies and their mothers. We will make sure that no mother or child will be left behind.
Aontú understands the scale of the challenge to foster a pro-human rights Ireland. But this is the human rights debate of our generation and we are committed to this struggle and the time it may take. To confront abortion in Ireland, it must be confronted on an all-Ireland basis. All Aontú elected reps will be tasked with challenging the extreme abortion laws on both sides of the border and striving towards an All-Ireland future that vindicates the right to life of every person at all stages of their life.
Ensure that Children’s Education is a Neutral Space Free from Adult Politics
No political party should prevent the entitlement of our children to a childhood free of adult gender campaigning politics. We need as a people to have compassion for and support children who experience sudden onset gender dysphoria. Our approach needs to be evidence and medically based. There are huge misgivings in society around legalising gender transitioning for children. Children’s lives have become radically more complex in recent years and these pressures are bearing heavily on many children today as never before. Let children be children.
Opposition to Euthanasia:
Euthanasia is not the answer to failures in palliative care. Euthanasia is not the answer to the limitations on our capacity to treat and heal. Assisted suicide recommits elements of our healthcare service to ending life – not preserving and prolonging life. The societal effects are very worrying. In societies where ‘Assisted Suicide’ has been legalised, the regime of Euthanasia does not stay ‘safe, legal and rare’. It becomes ‘common, widely-used and normalised.’ Euthanasia also puts extreme pressure on those who are elderly or those with disabilities, making those people feel as if they are a burden on those around them and should simply dispose of themselves to make sure they are not. Euthanasia is not confined to the decision by any one person, its effect is far more widespread – altering society’s dedication to preserving life. Endorsement of this slide down a very slippery slope will lead to a place where ‘Assisted Suicide’ is normal and widely availed of – with our most vulnerable under pressure to stop being such a burden.
Justice & Compassion for Refugees:
From Syria, to Afghanistan, to Ukraine, the island of Ireland must be a sanctuary for those fleeing war and bloodshed in their home countries. Given our history and the forced emigration of our own people to every corner of the world, we must hold to that history and ensure justice and compassion for refugees who reach our shores. We should have a special refugee taskforce to deal with refugee crises as they arise, and a transparent system of application to prevent the inhumanity of Direct Provision becoming an all-island reality.