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Who's funding Ireland's abortion lobby?
The Catholic Herald ^ | September 28, 2017 | David Quinn

Posted on 09/28/2017 10:29:07 PM PDT by Slyfox

The great and the good internationally have a big interest in the outcome of Ireland’s looming abortion referendum, planned for next year. They want Irish voters to erase from their constitution the so-called Eighth Amendment, which gives the unborn child the same right to life as every other human being.

Abortion is only permitted in Ireland when the life of the mother is at real and substantial risk. This amendment was inserted into the constitution following a referendum in 1983 which passed by a two-to-one margin.

Ever since then secular liberal opinion has been bent upon overturning that referendum. When liberals lose a referendum, they do not take no for an answer and Irish liberals have found plenty of allies abroad in their quest for change.

Among those allies is the Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau, various United Nations committees, including the UN Human Rights Committee and the UN Committee against Torture (yes, torture), in addition to the billionaire George Soros.

Through his Open Society Foundations, the Hungarian-born Soros has already provided three pro-abortion groups in Ireland, including Amnesty International’s Irish branch, with a combined total of around $400,000 (£295,000). The other two groups are the Irish Family Planning Association and the Abortion Rights Campaign.

A leaked document from the Open Society Foundations revealed the reasons behind the funding. It said it was so that the three groups could “work collectively on a campaign to repeal Ireland’s constitutional amendment granting equal rights to an implanted embryo as the pregnant woman”.

It continued: “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.”

That pro-abortion groups in Ireland are receiving foreign funding has received very little media coverage and almost no political reaction. This is despite journalists and politicians showing a permanent interest in alleged foreign funding of Irish pro-life organisations. The lack of curiosity in foreign funding of pro-choice outfits says a lot about the double standards of the Irish media and many politicians.

In any event, the reason the Open Society Foundations gives for providing the funding – namely that turning a once strongly pro-life country into a pro-abortion country would serve as an example to other countries – is also the reason why Justin Trudeau and the UN see fit to comment on our pro-life law.

When Trudeau met the new Irish prime minister, Leo Varadkar, in Canada recently, he brought up the Eighth Amendment and indicated that Ireland should repeal it in the name of “human rights”. There is no indication that he met with any resistance from Varadkar or that the Taoiseach criticised Canada’s extremely permissive law, which allows abortion for any reason right up to birth and gives scant conscience protections to doctors and nurses.

Varadkar describes himself as “pro-life” but favours repeal of the Eighth Amendment where a woman’s health is considered to be at risk. This ground will be very familiar to British readers who know it has led to abortion on demand in their country and almost 200,000 terminations per annum.

The UN has regularly been putting its oar in, encouraged by Irish pro-abortion groups. Ireland, like Britain, is a signatory to numerous UN treaties, and again like Britain, must periodically appear before this or that UN committee to report on how well it is implementing various treaties.

Again and again we are told that we must permit abortion. These UN committees are very ideologically biased. They have long since been co-opted by the pro-abortion Left and they are more than happy to dance to whatever tune Irish abortion groups choose to play. The committees never consider the rights of the unborn child. They pretend that whatever UN treaty or convention they are charged with overseeing permits abortion. This is despite abortion getting no mention in any UN treaty or convention. These same committees then give the false impression that their opinions carry a legal weight they simply do not have.

Depressingly, Irish governments tend to tip the hat to these committees and treat them with a wholly undeserved deference. This suits the present government, of course, because it wants to see our pro-life law overturned. It is therefore convenient for it to pretend to the Irish people that “we are letting ourselves down” in the eyes of the international community, led by the UN, and that the UN is somehow the unbiased and objective arbiter of morality. In fact, the UN acts as a sort of Magisterium to those of a secular liberal persuasion. It cannot be questioned. The UN has spoken, the matter is closed.

Why are these international figures really so determined to see us change our abortion law? The charitable explanation is that they genuinely believe in the right to abortion and that the child in the womb has few if any rights. Many do obviously believe this.

But the less charitable explanation is that they know that Ireland’s law, and Ireland’s still reasonably strong pro-life culture, is a standing rebuke to the abortion laws and the pro-choice culture that exists in practically every other Western country, including Britain.

In the UK, one pregnancy in every five ends in abortion. In Sweden, it is one in four. The Irish rate is about one in 18 pregnancies, even allowing for the roughly 3,500 Irish women who travel to Britain each year to have an abortion. In other words, Ireland shows that when a country has a highly restrictive abortion law, far fewer abortions take place even when a near neighbour permits abortion and women can easily travel there.

But surely, some say, our abortion law means that more women die in pregnancy? This is not the case. The Irish maternal death rate is somewhat lower than the British one.

Against this, you may have read about the tragic death of Savita Halappanavar who died in an Irish hospital in 2012 after being refused an abortion. But it transpired that she died of sepsis and the hospital had not spotted the deadly infection until it was too late. If it had known she had sepsis, it could have ended the pregnancy, which was miscarrying in any case. In British hospitals pregnant women also die from sepsis on rare occasions. Britain’s very permissive abortion law does not save them.

Given that the Irish law is such a challenge to the abortion regime in most Western countries, you can see why big international players want Ireland to change its law. The Irish law has saved the lives of countless unborn babies while also protecting the lives of pregnant women. That is a win-win. Ireland should be proud of its law. Other countries should be ashamed.

Will we be able to resist internal and external pressure to change our pro-life culture? We are likely to know by next summer because the referendum will have taken place by then.

TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 8thamendment; abortion; babykillers; eighthamendment; eussr; fartyshadesofgreen; ireland; liberalagenda; prolife; religionforum; soros

1 posted on 09/28/2017 10:29:07 PM PDT by Slyfox
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To: Slyfox

It’s taking the soup all over again.

2 posted on 09/28/2017 10:35:06 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: Slyfox

There is also a big push to lower the voting age in Ireland to 16 years old. That would bring a sizable number of ill-raised pro-abortion teenagers into the voting bloc. The sodomite prime minister Varadkar, who is pushing abortion as enthusiastically as he pushed for so-called “marriage equality”, is of course pushing that too.

3 posted on 09/28/2017 10:35:48 PM PDT by Olog-hai ("No Republican, no matter how liberal, is going to woo a Democratic vote." -- Ronald Reagan, 1960)
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To: Slyfox

Bergoglio will be dee-lighted if he can visit a newly pro-abortion Ireland. His friends Paul Ehrlich, Jeffrey Sachs, and Emma Bonino will all be high-fiving with him.

4 posted on 09/28/2017 10:36:01 PM PDT by Arthur McGowan (
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To: Slyfox

Soros the Nazi scum. Wherever evil is afoot, his fingerprints are there.

5 posted on 09/28/2017 11:28:47 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Je Suis Pepe)
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To: Olog-hai; fieldmarshaldj; BillyBoy; Redmen4ever

Varadkar wants 16 year olds to vote? I thought it was only far left kooks pushing for that idiocy.

Ireland has 2 squishy-centrist parties. It needs a conservative party. The closest thing they have, Renua Ireland, got 2% of the vote.

6 posted on 09/30/2017 12:09:10 AM PDT by Impy (The democrat party is the enemy of your family and civilization itself, forget that at your peril.)
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To: Impy

This fruit probably wants to **** 16-year olds.

7 posted on 09/30/2017 12:41:05 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Je Suis Pepe)
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To: Impy

And Varadkar’s not far enough left? He’s a homosexual politician who gave strong support to the “marriage equality” referendum.

I’m wary of Renua’s current “local democracy” push, which is not really decentralization but a way to spread big government’s tentacles around the country. They don’t seem to want to reduce the number of “public services” either by putting them back in the private sector, especially when it comes to medical care, transportation (especially railroads), et al (they intend to finish a superfluous limited-access highway from Cork to Letterkenny, through one of the least-populated areas of the west of the country). They may have resolved to adopt a strict anti-abortion position in March of this year, but other social aspects of their manifesto involve pumping €1 billion into socialistic child-care programs (e.g. “community creches”), which attack the family in different ways.

8 posted on 09/30/2017 7:43:55 AM PDT by Olog-hai ("No Republican, no matter how liberal, is going to woo a Democratic vote." -- Ronald Reagan, 1960)
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To: Olog-hai
And Varadkar’s not far enough left?

No. He passes for the center-right in Ireland because he doesn't admire Karl Marx. Usually only the far-left loony parties push the 16-year olds should vote thing.

9 posted on 09/30/2017 6:12:24 PM PDT by Impy (The democrat party is the enemy of your family and civilization itself, forget that at your peril.)
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To: Impy
A plethora of leftists in power do not admire Marx openly. Those have been among the most dangerous to society; note that Obama never mentioned Marx openly. It’s quite hideous that being for homosexual marriage and abortion (and even divorce) now passes for “center-left”, if such a position ever existed.

The voting age referendum is currently scheduled for June 2019, but to be sure it will be a backup plan if the 8th Amendment referendum results in a “no” vote next year—they will be told to re-vote in such a case. Never mind the other referendums scheduled (blasphemy laws, the role of women in the home, divorce, et al).
10 posted on 09/30/2017 8:29:37 PM PDT by Olog-hai ("No Republican, no matter how liberal, is going to woo a Democratic vote." -- Ronald Reagan, 1960)
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To: Olog-hai

Center-right, I said. Sadly the socially liberal homo is the leader of the rightmost major party in Ireland. :(

He went after welfare fraud so the Irish left hates him.

11 posted on 09/30/2017 8:38:20 PM PDT by Impy (The democrat party is the enemy of your family and civilization itself, forget that at your peril.)
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To: Impy

I meant to type “center-right” myself; sorry about that. And that makes things even more hideous.

I could not categorize Fine Gael as being the furthest right, even in the case of going after welfare fraud, which is not the same as disestablishment of social welfare. They’re the party that permitted the “marriage equality” referendum even before Varadkar became their prime minister.

12 posted on 09/30/2017 8:51:54 PM PDT by Olog-hai ("No Republican, no matter how liberal, is going to woo a Democratic vote." -- Ronald Reagan, 1960)
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To: Olog-hai; Redmen4ever; BillyBoy; AuH2ORepublican; fieldmarshaldj

It’s either them or Fianna Fail. From what little info I could find it would seem FG has some passable conservatives in the party but they are not in control. FF was historically very populist and probably rated a tick to the left on most things, more in love with the welfare state (very few politicians in Europe are actually against the welfare state, even on the right, once you get state run healthcare there is no turning back). But FG could never govern without Labour, rending any differences meaningless.

There was an economically conservative (but not socially I don’t think) party that split off from FF called, ironically, the “Progressive Democrats”, they went belly up a few years ago and I think most of their leaders migrated to FG and not FF.

Their ideologies seem the same to me. But they are sworn enemies for being on opposite sides of the civil war a million years ago. ;d This FG minority government supported by FF is a first.

It’s shocking how weak social conservatism is in Ireland, and euro-skepticism seems weak too. The new social conservative party Renua Ireland split off from FG, but they got only 2% of the vote and it’s leaders all stepped down after the election.

13 posted on 09/30/2017 9:15:04 PM PDT by Impy (The democrat party is the enemy of your family and civilization itself, forget that at your peril.)
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