Ireland votes to legalize abortion: ‘a tragedy of historic proportions’

Claire Chretien

IRELAND, May 26, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Irish citizens voted to legalize abortion on Friday, ending Ireland’s legacy as one of the world’s most pro-life nations.

The votes are still being officially counted, but the pro-abortion campaign is declaring victory and pro-lifers are calling this a “tragedy of historic proportions.”

“The 8th amendment did not create a right to life for the unborn child – it merely acknowledged that such a right exists, has always existed, and will always exist,” the pro-life Save the 8th campaign said in a statement. “What Irish voters did yesterday is a tragedy of historic proportions. However, a wrong does not become right simply because a majority support it.”

Ireland has one of the lowest maternal mortality rates in the world. The Eighth Amendment of its Constitution guaranteed equal rights for pre-born babies and their mothers.

Repealing the Eighth Amendment was a decades-long goal of the abortion movement. The Irish voted by 67 percent to add the Eighth Amendment to their constitution in 1983, making the Emerald Isle a uniquely safe place for pre-born babies in contrast to the rest of the West’s liberal abortion regimes.

There have been five previous votes on repealing the Eighth Amendment, all of which failed. One was in 1983, three were in 1992, and one was in 2002.

More people in Dublin, where the majority of residents supported the “repeal” campaign, voted in this referendum than in 2015 on same-sex “marriage” and in their general election.

One students’ union in Dublin created a safe space-like “chill zone” where students could “de-stress” as the results were counted. It became apparent that abortion advocates had won and only 14 students utilized the room, The Guardian reported. Exit polls showed around 87 percent of 18- to 24-year-olds voted for abortion.

In early 2018, the Irish government approved putting the Eighth Amendment to a vote in May with the promise that if passed, legislation allowing abortion on demand would be introduced. The proposed legislation – which may be introduced next week – is expected to be abortion on demand during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy for healthy babies and later throughout pregnancy for nebulous “health” reasons, for babies with disabilities, and babies conceived in rape.

Pro-life activists responded to the referendum with a massive canvassing and public awareness campaign about how many lives have been saved by the Eighth Amendment, how one in five babies in England is aborted, the fact that abortion kills a living human being, and the many harms to women and society that come with legalizing it.

“The unborn child no longer has a right to life recognised by the Irish state,” the Save the 8th’s defeat statement continued. “Shortly, legislation will be introduced that will allow babies to be killed in our country. We will oppose that legislation. If and when abortion clinics are opened in Ireland, because of the inability of the Government to keep their promise about a GP led service, we will oppose that as well. Every time an unborn child has his or her life ended in Ireland, we will oppose that, and make our voices known.”

The country once known for its strong Catholic heritage and identity voted in 2015 to amend its constitution to permit same-sex “marriage.” Despite Ireland’s move toward secularism and approval of redefining marriage, polls on how the Eighth Amendment vote would go were extremely close toward the end of the abortion vote.

Exit polls on the day of the vote, though, began to suggest a “landslide” victory for abortion.

In 2012, a woman named Savita Halappanavar, who was 17 weeks pregnant, died of sepsis (blood poisoning) at Galway University Hospital.

Three official investigations found that the 31-year-old died of a blood infection caused by “extremely virulent bacteria,” E. coli ESBL. Under Ireland’s abortion laws, the woman would have been permitted an abortion had doctors realized how sick she was when she came to the hospital.

They didn’t, and her death was due to medical negligence, not lack of abortion, official investigations revealed. According to the Health Information and Quality Authority, which investigated her death, doctors missed 13 opportunities to save her life.

Irish abortion activists exploited Savita’s case and lied about her death, culminating in Friday’s vote.

The Irish politicians who pushed for the repeal of the Eighth Amendment squirmed when asked about the abortion proposal they were championing. Other Irish abortion advocates, like the country’s lesbian minister for children, simply denied the humanity of those still in the wombStill others admitted the pre-born are humans, but advocated for killing them.

Ireland’s openly homosexual prime minister Leo Varadkar campaigned on a pro-life platform, but then came out in support of abortion and overturning the Eighth Amendment.

Varadkar “said the expected overwhelming win for the yes side was the ‘culmination of a quiet revolution in Ireland,’” The Guardian reported. “Quiet revolution” is a phrase used in a comparable situation in Quebec 60 years ago, where a traditionally Catholic culture liberalized in a short period.

“We will have a modern constitution for a modern country,” said Varadkar, who in 2014 said, “I consider myself to be pro-life in that I accept that the unborn child is a human life with rights.”

Amnesty International, George Soros, and other far-left groups poured money into the “yes” to abortion campaign. The international media – particularly the British media – aided the “yes” campaign with a constant barrage of stories about women who traveled abroad, usually to England, to abort their children.

Irish pop culture stars like U2 and Ed Sheeran were no help, either. The former, despite being led by professed Christian Bono, openly supported repealing the Eighth Amendment and the latter complainedthat pro-lifers were allegedly using a song he wrote about an “unborn” baby to promote their message.

Pro-life leader John McGuirk said he was “heartbroken” at the apparent result, and warned the implications of the vote will go beyond abortion.

 

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8 comments on “Ireland votes to legalize abortion: ‘a tragedy of historic proportions’

  1. Well there goes Ireland.
    Those trying to keep the law in place have conceded defeat.
    If only the princes of the Church and the Pope were doing their job instead of being part of the wrecking ball destroying mankind.

  2. So if the Church contributed to the defeat and the expression the “gates of hell” refers to mean its indefectability, then the “gates if hell has prevailed against her”. Or maybe we should take a second look at the Church’s claim to indefectability? Maybe it needs more refinement?

  3. Disgusting that people went so out of their way to vote for abortion. Its not even a vote lost by lack of interest or lack of participation..The turnout was goid

  4. I hereby renounce my Irish heritage and can no longer support this type of garbage coming from the land of my ancestors.

  5. If true, it seems in part due to Stockholm Syndrome. Some will point to the clergy sex abuse scandals, weakening the Church. The heretical progression from Jansenism to modernism and apostasy after Vatican II has claimed more victims. There is plenty of blame to go around for the implosion of the Church.

    American ex-Catholic Rod Dreher blames the laity for the sex-abuse crisis among the clergy. I’d like to know how as Catholic laymen we are responsible for modernist pervs in the clergy packing modernist seminaries with other modernist homo perverts when we were campaigning against modernism before Mr. Dreher was born. If his gaydar is so 100% accurate then appoint yourself head of some modernist seminary. But save the sanctimonious finger pointing. Did Jesus quit because the Pharisees were demon-oppressed and the Sadducees fornicated?

  6. Official Statement by #Savethe8th – Tragedy of historic proportions
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    Official Statement by #Savethe8th on the referendum result:
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    The 8th amendment did not create a right to life for the unborn child – it merely acknowledged that such a right exists, has always existed, and will always exist.
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    What Irish voters did yesterday is a tragedy of historic proportions. However, a wrong does not become right simply because a majority support it.
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    We are so proud of all of those who stood with us in this campaign – our supporters, our donors, our families, and our loved ones. This campaign took a huge personal toll on all of us who were involved, and we have been so grateful for their support.
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    The unborn child no longer has a right to life recognised by the Irish state. Shortly, legislation will be introduced that will allow babies to be killed in our country. We will oppose that legislation.
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    If and when abortion clinics are opened in Ireland, because of the inability of the Government to keep their promise about a GP led service, we will oppose that as well.
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    Every time an unborn child has his or her life ended in Ireland, we will oppose that, and make our voices known.
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    Abortion was wrong yesterday. It remains wrong today. The constitution has changed, but the facts have not.

  7. Human Life International Laments Irish Vote Repealing the 8th Amendment
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    POSTED ON MAY 26, 2018 – Deborah M. Piroch and Lisa O’Hare
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    (Front Royal, VA and Knock, Ireland) – Human Life International joins with pro-lifers in Ireland and all over the world in mourning the “yes” vote in yesterday’s referendum, which has overturned the Eighth Amendment, allowing legislation to legalize abortion, thus condemning hundreds of thousands of Irish babies to death in coming decades. As the “Save the 8th” campaign has now conceded defeat, on this tragic occasion we issue this statement by HLI President Fr. Shenan J. Boquet:
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    Ireland was a beacon for the West, indeed the entire world, enshrining and upholding the life of both the mother and her pre-born child. Now she has abandoned her defense of women and nascent life and gone astray as we are told “provision [will] be made by law for the regulation of termination of pregnancies.” There is something exceptionally frightening about the step to legalize child-killing. It constitutes something of a point of no return, a conclusive commitment to a diabolical inversion of values. This is a poison that enters the veins of a nation, polluting every element of public life, jeopardizing its very future.
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    Ireland has so much to offer the world and is in urgent need of our prayers. One third of the population at last count voted in favor of keeping the Eighth Amendment; we are grateful to those who courageously stood up in defense of women and pre-born children. However, while we recognize the anti-life juggernaut will not give up the fight to deepen its grasp upon the Irish people and further its agenda, pro-lifers must likewise continue to tirelessly work to restore justice for the pre-born child and secure the right to life for every person, as well as pray unceasingly for a nation scarred by division.
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    Now, more than ever, Ireland needs the Gospel: it needs Christ’s admonitions to ‘do unto others’ as we would have them do unto us; it needs the example and intercession of the great Irish saints, who rejected the allure of the world for Christ; it needs that spirit of Irish independence that has defied the spirit of Moloch for so many decades, that stood up for the weakest and most vulnerable. Ireland, land of St. Patrick, stand and hold fast to the Faith. We beg Christ today to surround you with his protection, and draw you back to His heart.

  8. Theologically, is one third an accurate representation of those who will escape damnation? Something to ponder. Particularly for the two thirds who chose to follow Satan.

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