Steen summed up her argument against repeal: "Women who need their health looked after deserve better than an abortion. We think this is a step too far. We all think taking the rights of all unborn children is fundamentally unjust."
A Tuesday night debate on the show RTÉ Prime Time was a two-person debate between Minister for Health Simon Harris of the Fine Gael party and Sinn Féin Member of Parliament Peadar Tóibín.
"Wanted, unwanted. There are not two classes of people--we are all one. The child is the weakest individual. She has no voice." Tóibín said, according to BreakingNews.ie.
Harris charged that opponents of the referendum sought to force rape victims to carry their pregnancies to term.
For his part, Tóibín cited his experience working with rape victims in County Meath.
"Meath will have legalized abortion in Meath before it has a rape crisis center," he said.
Tóibín charged that repeal would allow a general practitioner with only six months of psychiatric training to decide whether a woman may have abortion on mental health grounds. He charged that repeal would mean abortion on demand.
The repeal effort is backed by Ireland's major political parties.
Overseas involvement has also been a matter of controversy.
Financier and philanthropist George Soros' Open Society Foundations and its pro-abortion rights grantees Amnesty Ireland, Abortion Rights Campaign Ireland, and the Irish Family Planning Association have run afoul of Irish political finance rules barring foreign funding of political campaigns.
Ireland is part of the foundations' broader strategy against pro-life Catholic countries, according to a document reportedly hacked from the foundations and posted to the site DCLeaks.com.
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"With one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the world, a win there could impact other strongly Catholic countries in Europe, such as Poland, and provide much needed proof that change is possible, even in highly conservative places," said the foundations' proposed 2016-2019 strategy for its Women's Rights Program.
The internet giant Facebook has banned foreign-backed ads related to the Irish referendum, including small ad purchases from Irish-American pro-life advocates. Google has banned both foreign and domestic ads.
The latter move was seen as a blow to the Irish pro-life cause. The Save the 8th campaign's strategy relied on intensifying its internet ad campaign in its final weeks, Pat Leahy, politics editor of the Irish Times, said in a May 10 analysis.
The Irish Times suggested that companies have become afraid that if voters reject the referendum, they will face blame and further scrutiny for allegedly influencing elections.