Trigger warning: this post talks about abortion and related issues.
There are various campaigns going on in Ireland, and around the world, for the protection of the Eighth Amendment to the Irish constitution, which simply states the right to life of unborn children:
The State acknowledges the right to life of the unborn and, with due regard to the equal right to life of the mother, guarantees in its laws to respect, and, as far as practicable, by its laws to defend and vindicate that right.
The current Irish legislation already allows for abortion in limited cases but the international pro-abortion lobby wants to expand access to bring Ireland in line with other countries. There is to be a referendum on the 25th of May to test public support for repealing the Eighth Amendment. The Irish government, mainstream media and pro-abortion forces outside Ireland (like Soros) are pushing hard for repeal. One of the reasons used to promote abortion is the safety of women, but Ireland is statistically one of the safest places in the world to be pregnant and give birth. Those statistics are an embarrassment to the pro-abortion lobby and so Ireland is being pressured to downgrade* its healthcare for women in the name of women’s rights. Ironic, no?
If you would like to support the pro-life efforts in Ireland, one of the easiest ways is through prayer. You can offer your own individual prayers, of course, but there are also organised prayer campaigns. For example, EWTN have organised a rosary campaign that you can join any time. There is also a fasting initiative being promoted in imitation of the successful, scriptural fast prompted by Queen Esther (a type of the Blessed Virgin Mary):
And again Esther sent to Mardochai in these words: Go, and gather together all the Jews whom thou shalt find in Susan, and pray ye for me. Neither eat nor drink for three days and three nights: and I with my handmaids will fast in like manner, and then I will go in to the king, against the law, not being called, and expose myself to death and to danger. [Esther 3:15-16 Douay-Rheims]
The Irish version of this fast is to be carried out on the Fridays of May leading up to the referendum, i.e. the 4th, 11th and 18th of May. Supporters are to have only bread and water on these days. Please join us if you feel able, but don’t endanger your health.
If you have the means, you could also consider donating to the various pro-life organisations in Ireland. There’s the Life Institute in Dublin that’s running the SaveThe8th campaign. There’s lots of information about the abortion issue on its website. There are also Catholic organisations like Human Life International and Ask Majella that support women with crisis pregnancies.
We can’t use the hard cases to justify abortion on demand. Threats to the mother’s life are already accounted for in Irish law. In cases of rape, incest and foetal abnormalities, the testimony of mothers shows that abortion tends to add to their suffering whereas birthing the baby tends to be a positive and healing experience. Other types of crisis pregnancy can be tackled by offering counselling, financial aid or adoption, and these alternatives should be researched, promoted, facilitated and financed in preference to abortion. Repealing the Eighth Amendment will make that so much harder. Please help Ireland set a good example for the rest of the world.
*Abortion poses a significant risk to the woman’s physical and mental health, despite what the pro-abortion lobby would like you to believe.
I was in Dublin again yesterday for the pro-life rally. Tens of thousands of supporters turned up, and a handful of pro-choice protesters. This is the most representative video I could find but it only covers a small section:
Apologies for the small bit of profanity you might see on a sign. The green and red flags represent the people from my county: Mayo. Four coaches of us set off in the early hours of the morning and I didn’t get back until just before midnight. It was worth it.
Please watch this video. It doesn’t contain any distressing images but it’s hard to watch without crying. Ireland’s future as a caring nation is in jeopardy. Please pray that its people vote to protect their most vulnerable citizens.
There’s going to be a referendum in Ireland soon. The pro-choice lobby wants Ireland to repeal the 8th Amendment to its Constitution, thereby removing the right to life of the unborn child. I’m hoping to attend a pro-life rally in Dublin on Saturday. One of the speakers will be Karen Gaffney. If this amazing woman had been born in Britain in the current pro-choice climate she would have only had a 10% chance of escaping death by abortion. If her mother was Icelandic she wouldn’t have been born at all. She has Down Syndrome. If you want to find out more try here or here.
Yes, I know my placard is wonky. 😦 That’s because sticky-back plastic is my nemesis. I borrowed the board and most of the graphics from the Guadalupe Centre in Knock which provides pro-life resources through Human Life International.
Update: If you’d like to sign a petition calling for the referendum to be scrapped, click here.