By Jonathon Van Maren
Last fall, I was able to spend a couple of weeks in Ireland, on the road for the Renewal Tour to talk about my book “Patriots: The Untold Story of Ireland’s Pro-Life Movement,” with a lineup of other speakers, detailing a vision for the renewal of a culture of life.
Irish abortion activists have, as pro-lifers predicted, continued to relentlessly push for an expansion of the abortion regime, demanding that flimsy safeguards – such as the three-day waiting period (during which 1,000 women annually change their minds) – be dispensed with.
And then there is the all-out eugenic war on people with Down syndrome.
Societies successfully purging people with Down syndrome are quite literally changing their human landscape. In 2018, when I was in Ireland for a few weeks prior to the abortion referendum, my colleagues and I noticed it: in cities like Dublin, it was not at all unusual to see people with Down syndrome. They are simply part of society. But not until we saw what Irish society looked like did we realize what ours should look like – but does not, because these people have been suctioned from their mothers’ wombs and sealed into biohazardous waste buckets to go out with the garbage.
In Canada and other Western countries nearly all children diagnosed with Down syndrome are killed in the womb. Not some – nearly all. Iceland has boasted about curing Down syndrome, but has in fact simply eliminated people. In the U.K., the cut-off for an abortion is 24 weeks – but you can get an abortion until birth if the child has Down syndrome. The British make an exception if you want to kill one of those people – and a lawsuit by Heidi Crowter, a young woman with Down syndrome who stated that this law disrespected her life and those of the other survivors of this eugenic regime, unfortunately failed to succeed.