By Jonathon Van Maren
May 14, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Late last week, I flew with three of my colleagues (one of whom is my wife) to Ireland to work with the Save the 8th Campaign for the last two weeks before the referendum on abortion on May 25, when the Irish people will vote on whether or not to repeal their constitutional amendment protecting babies in the womb from abortion. I’ll be writing about what is going on the ground here, but for those of you who are unfamiliar with the situation in Ireland, I thought I’d lay out six things you need to know about what is unfolding there right now:
- The 8th Amendment to the Constitution of the Republic of Ireland grants explicit protection to pre-born babies in the womb, which is why abortion activists need to repeal it in order to implement state-sanctioned feticide. The Amendment reads: “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.”
- If the 8th Amendment is repealed, the Irish government plans to implement an extremist abortion agenda that includes abortion on demand up until 12 weeks of pregnancy, and abortion for the vague reason of “health,” which is intentionally ambiguous to allow virtually all abortions, up until six months or even birth. The politicians and abortion activists are trying to conceal this fact during the runup to the referendum because most of the Irish people do not support abortion on demand. Health Minister Simon Harris has even said that the government will fund abortions should the right to life be repealed.
- Abortion activists are claiming that repeal is necessary to “save women’s lives,” with variations on that theme featured prominently on most of their placards. In fact, precisely the opposite is true – even according to the very pro-abortion United Nations, which has noted that Ireland is one of the safest places in the world to give birth. Ireland’s Maternal Mortality Rate (which analyzes how many women die during or after pregnancy) is one of the lowest in the world. This fact has enraged abortion activists for decades, as it succinctly exposes the lie of abortion as “healthcare” and proves that abortion is not necessary for the health of the mother.
- Irish doctors have confirmed time and again that abortion does not need to be legal for them to treat women. Dr. John Monaghan, a consultant obstetrician for over thirty years, reported that, “In my career, I delivered almost 5,000 babies. On not one occasion was I prevented in acting to protect a woman’s life because of the 8th Amendment.” Many GPs strongly disapprove of abortion – 70 percent of them said they wouldn’t provide the abortion pill. At a public hearing in 2013, Irish physicians confirmed that not a single Irish woman had died because of the 8th Amendment.