By Jonathon Van Maren
May 28, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – As I predicted in my eulogy for pro-life Ireland on Saturday, the autopsies—both mournful and gleeful—are spilling onto the pages of newspapers across the West. But one staggering fact is being consistently ignored: Every single political party in the Republic of Ireland campaigned for abortion on demand. Right across the country, signs with the faces of politicians and an enormous “YES” hung on sign-posts. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, who ran on a pro-life platform with a long history of very pro-life statements, released an emotive video just before the vote urging people to check the box for “Yes.” And Health Minister Simon Harris (who also campaigned for office as a pro-lifer) plugged for abortion like his life depended on it. As Melanie McDonough noted in The Spectator, it is almost surprising that the pro-life side managed to secure more than a third of the population considering that they had no political representation whatsoever.
And so the question is why? Why did politicians who campaigned on pro-life platforms—and in the case of Leo Varadkar, gone on the record in the past as a medical professional explaining how lethal and damaging abortion is—all simultaneously flip and become abortion activists? And why did they become so passionate about “modernizing” Ireland and bringing feticide to the Emerald Isle so suddenly? Was it their plan all along? Were they paid off by those in the international abortion industry who stand to profit enormously from the “Yes” vote on Friday? All of these have an element of truth to them.
But to understand why Ireland’s politicians turned on Ireland’s pre-born children so decisively, look no farther than the reactions of foreign politicians to Friday’s “Yes” vote. UK Prime Minister Theresa May, the leader of Great Britain’s pathetic Tory party, called the choice an “impressive show of democracy” and congratulated “the Irish people on their decision and all of #Together4Yes on their successful campaign.” Anyone think she would have tweeted her congratulations if the “No” side had prevailed? Of course not. Leaders of countries with liberal abortion regimes around the world were waiting with bated breath, hoping against hope that Ireland would join them in the bloody business of offing their offspring. Misery loves company, after all.