Skip to comments.Ireland Vote to Legalize Abortion Called a “Tragedy of Historic Proportions.”
Posted on 05/26/2018 8:44:06 AM PDT by Morgana
Leading pro-life campaigners from around the world are dismayed at the results from Ireland today, which show that the long-time pro-life nation has abandoned its legal protections for unborn children and will eventually approve legislation that will legalize abortions on babies as old as 6 months.
To say that the pro-life movement is in a state of shock and disappointment this morning would be to understate the situation. At the same time, pro-life advocates promised to be vigilant against abortion and to help women find pro-life solutions in unplanned pregnancy situations.
A leading pro-life group said Saturday that Irelands decision to overturn its 8th Amendment protecting women and unborn children has resulted in a tragedy of historic proportions.
The Save the Eighth group said: What Irish voters did yesterday is a tragedy of historic proportions. However, a wrong does not become right simply because a majority support it.
John McGuirk, spokesman for the Save the 8th group, said Irish pro-life advocates would not stop fighting abortion despite the result, as a considerable amount of voters will still passionately believe that the decision of the people is wrong.
Ireland weighed it in the balance and it came down on one side, he told Irish broadcaster RTE. I obviously would have preferred if they had come down on the other.
He said it is unlikely pro-life advocates would be able to stop the legislation in Parliament to legalize abortions.
There is no prospect of the legislation not being passed, McGuirk added.
Cora Sherlock of the ProLife Campaign called the vote a very sad state of affairs but said the pro-life movement will rise to any challenge it faces and resist what she called the trend toward abortion on demand.
Meanwhile, pro-life advocates in the United States were equally disappointed.
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Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life,told LifeNews: The referendum in Ireland yesterday took away protection from children in the womb. Those who voted to remove that protection, which was given by the 8th Amendment to the Irish Constitution, have made a grave mistake.
The referendum itself, of course, is morally illicit. No referendum can remove fundamental rights. We cannot vote as a society to approve slavery, terrorism, or child abuse. Neither does any vote on abortion make it permissible. A nation may fail to recognize the childs rights, but it cannot remove them, Pavone said. The tears of joy that some pro-abortion fanatics have today are a foreshadowing of the tears of grief that will flood the Irish cities and countryside as mothers abort their children. They will find, as we have found in America, that abortion solves no problems, but only creates new ones. Hear for yourselves the voices of these moms, dads and families of our Silent No More Campaign at AbortionTestimonies.com.
Students for Life of America President Kristan Hawkins said, Ireland will now join that sad community of nations who throw away irreplaceable human beings through abortion on demand.
She told LifeNews: Clearly the abortion industry and their political and cultural allies put preborn life in the crosshairs, working to push this tragic conclusion to all efforts to protect both mother and preborn child. Still, its a tragedy that the Irish people did not learn from our mistakes and have failed to provide pro-life protections in the law. As a result of Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton, we in the U.S. mourn more than 60 millionlives lost and horrific consequences for the women who endured the lies and impact of abortion. Ireland will not face a loss they cant calculate.
Recently, Irish psychiatrists wrote a letter, discussed in the Irish Times, arguing that the pro-abortion laws that those opposed to Amendment 8 are pushing would twist the real purpose and professional ethics of true healthcare providers. Abortion advocates want to use mental health as a reason for abortion, and want the law to allow for mental health abortions after 12 weeks of pregnancy.
The psychiatrists wrote: We do not want to see spurious appeals to mental health being used to justify post-12 week abortions
To use health as a justification for abortion, when the vast majority of abortions do not take place on any kind of health ground, inverts the true purpose of medicine and doctors who value their calling should have nothing to do with this.
I agree it wasn't much. That second one was February.
The whole thing is shameful beyond the power of words to express.
The IRA were a nasty lot, but a study of their methods and practices is useful for all those who expect to lose freedom.
Yes this is a moral and civilizations tragedy, but the utter failure of the pathetic Irish Roman Catholic hierarchy to reform itself over the past 30 years cannot be ignored. What a disgrace they have been! They cannot escape responsibility for scandal they brought upon the Irish faithful, so much so that rarely have we seen such a collapse in faith among a population in such a short period of time. They arrogantly forfeited their authority and this horrific result must in part be laid on them.
The countries that have total bans on abortion are the following:
Andorra, Chile, Congo, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Gabon, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Holy See (Vatican), Madagascar, Malta, Mauritania, Nicaragua, Palau, Philippines, San Marino, Senegal, and Suriname.
The other 169 countries have legal abortions. I am guessing Ireland feels more at home with the 169 than above 19?
Wall St. Satanists clasp their hands in crooked glee at prospects of new fresh harvests of pineal glands for their worldwide cannibal dining halls.
You get on the damned PopeJet and have a few rallies up and down the island ... you don’t just “send an email.” This Pope wanted this to happen.
You’re right. “Send an e-mail” indeed. It was tepid to the point of treachery.
Poland is still pro life. Hope they stay that way.
Wonder if they ever think about celebrating the fact that their mothers did not abort them.
Spirit of antichrist.
Yep! Worked with young Catholic adult group today. Not giving up!
“Pope” Francine weighed in with giving his blessing on the choice of one man shoving his pecker up another man’s ass.
I was always proud to say I was Irish. No more! What happened to the morals of that country? Is there nobody left who believes in God and doing what is right? Almost 67% voted to allow abortion, the killing of a developing human being, to happen. It’s getting scary. Remember what happened right before the flood?
One does NOT 'abort' a six month old baby: you KILL it!
Not just Europe I believe the US has slaughtered 40 million babies on the altar of convenience We are in no position to point fingers
As I said on a different thread the Roman Church is not as pro life as many think they are. This overwhelmingly Roman Ireland voted by a wide margin to kill their children. Nancy pelosi and the Kennedy clan are members in good standing and no one says anything to them. The Roman hospitals I work in have no problem dispensing plan B from their ERs. All sin is mortal but as the Romans like to say Rhee consider abortion a mortal sin. Well the Roman Church is guilty of mortal sin by their action and inaction so dont give me the holier than thou attitude I see displayed on so many threads
Second,it's not true that nothing's been said about fake Catholics like the Kennedy and Pelosi clans.
Lastly...."Plan B",are the Catholic hospitals involved required by law to dispense it? Could they be sanctioned by some government entity,disciplined (or worse) by the JCAHO,or sued for tens of millions by pigs like Gloria Allred or the ACLU?
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