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Ireland’s Minister of Health needs to prepare for a defeat in abortion referendum

by | Jun 22, 2017

Editor’s note. The following comes from the Irish pro-life organization The Life Institute, which was responding to comments made earlier this week by the Minister for Health, saying that Simon Harris needs to prepare for a defeat in the upcoming abortion referendum. The “Eighth Amendment” of the Irish Constitution protects the equal right to life of the mother and unborn child, and is estimated to have saved 100,000 lives.

Niamh Uí Bhriain, spokeswoman for Life Institute

Niamh Uí Bhriain, spokeswoman for Life Institute

“Today [Wednesday] the Minister for Health, Simon Harris, said that the country needed to ‘prepare itself’ for a referendum on the 8th amendment, but it would be more prescient of the Minister to prepare himself, and the government, for a defeat in the referendum,” said Niamh Uí Bhriain of the Life Institute.

Ms. Uí Bhriain said that that recent opinion polls showed that support for repeal of the 8th was waning, and that only a minority supported abortion without restriction, the policy put forward by the government’s citizens’ assembly. [See]

Simon Harris, Ireland's Minister for Health

Simon Harris, Ireland’s Minister for Health

“We’ve been knocking on doors for 18 months on this issue, and Minister Harris, and his fellow abortion campaigners, are completely out of touch with how ordinary, decent people feel on this issue,” she said.

“The majority of people are not comfortable or happy with abortion being legalised in Ireland, and increasingly, they are wondering why the government can’t provide better supports for women and families rather than being led by the nose on this issue by a small, well-funded group of abortion campaigners,” the Life Institute spokeswoman said.

“We’re fighting this push to repeal the right to life of preborn babies with everything we’ve got, and Minister Harris and a Taoiseach [Prime Minister], Leo Varadkar, are in for a shock when it come to this referendum,” she concluded.

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