After largest Irish pro-life rally, government officials reconsidering suicide threat as abortion reason

CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE/John McElroy
DUBLIN -- In the wake of the largest pro-life demonstration ever to have taken place in Ireland, cracks have begun to emerge in the coalition government over its plans to legislate for abortion. More than 25,000 people converged on Dublin Jan. 19, braving bitterly cold weather, to attend the "Unite for Life" vigil in the capital's Merrion Square, just opposite the Irish parliament. Before the vigil, Dublin Archbishop Diarmuid Martin joined more than 1,500 priests, religious and laity at a prayer service at St. Andrew's Church in the city center to pray for "the child in the womb."

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