PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SEPTEMBER 20th 2017
Hotel cancels conference after harassment, intimidation and threats.
The Ashling Hotel in Dublin yesterday cancelled a booking made by Human Life International to host a conference on the effects of abortion on women's physical and mental health.
Two world-renowned keynote speakers were due to speak at the event for which organisers are currently trying to find an alternative venue.
Staff at the Ashling Hotel cited harrasment and threats through numerous phone calls, emails, and a social media campaign as reason for the hotel cancelling the booking.
Patrick McCrystal, Executive Director of Human Life International, responded by expressing deep regret at the turn of events.
"This is yet another example of censorship and is attack on free speech. It is a chilling example of where our country is heading," he stated.
"We invited two globally renowned expert speakers to talk about the physical and mental effects of Abortion- namely Dr. Angela Lanfranchi M.D., F.A.C.S. and Professor Priscilla Coleman Ph.D.” (See Bios below).
McCrystal continued, “Who decides who may speak in Ireland? This is an attack on the very foundation of democracy in our country. These women are highly respected in their fields. Yet an angry mob have decided that only certain voices are allowed to be heard in Ireland."
Human Life International Ireland
Tel: +353 87 230 5709
Dr. Angela Lanfranchi is currently a practising breast cancer surgeon in New Jersey and is co-founder and President of the Breast Cancer Prevention Institute. Over the past 15 years she has travelled extensively speaking at medical schools, universities, cancer organisations, governmental bodies and the UN about breast cancer risks.
Priscilla Coleman is an Ohio based Professor of Human Development and Family Studies.
Her most recent paper published in the British Journal of Psychiatry, drawing on data from over 800,000 participants, it is the largest study in the world on the mental health effects of abortion.
Dr. Coleman frequently presents her research to audiences across the U.S. and throughout the world. She has been given expert testimony in court, has spoken at the UN and testified before U.S. Congress.