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Ireland’s referendum vote: the opening salvo in a limitless attack on unborn babies

by | May 30, 2018

By Dave Andrusko

There will continue to be endless fallout from last week’s vote to eviscerate the 8th Amendment to the Irish Constitution. How can it not be? Passage of the referendum was merely the opening salvo in a systematic, systemic, and limitless attack on unborn babies.

The abortion lobby in the Republic of Ireland, working hand in glove with the entirety of the secular press, drove home the narrative that to believe in the equal rights of unborn children is to hate women. The mystique of the “Yes” vote was captured in what will someday come to be seen as the iconic words of the Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar who reassured “No” voters that “Ireland will still be the same country today as it was before, just a little more tolerant, open and respectful.”

Well, let’s see how some soothing assurances play out over time. Will abortion essentially be “limited” to the first 12 weeks or will the elastic, expansive wording of the government’s legislative plan inevitably mean (and in short order) abortion on demand up to and perhaps beyond viability?

Pro-abortionists want “Openness” and “tolerance” and “respectfulness”—the three horsemen of the abortion apocalypse—to be the metric by which the Yes vote plays out.

Will “openness,” in the form of allowing non-participation, directly or indirectly, in abortion be allowed? I’m guessing not.

Will it be considered an example of “tolerance” to allow pro-lifers to prayerfully, quietly implore women going into abortion chambers to choose life? I’m more much sure the answer to that one is no. To the pro-abortionist, it is intolerable to tolerate intolerance (meaning non-conformist pro-lifers).

And will it be interpreted as a sign of “respectfulness” to accept opposition to the inexorable campaign to unloosen the bolts that formerly held respect for innocent life in place? I can guarantee you the answer to that one will be “No!” in thunder.

You must knell in grateful submission. After all, 2/3rds of the votes said out with the 8th Amendment.

The logic of the anti-life mind is absurdly self-referential and self-fulfilling. If women have the “right” to abort in the Republic of Ireland, how can this not be extended to their sisters to the North in Northern Ireland?

One other point. With the lava-like flow of blatant hatred for supporters of the 8th Amendment, it didn’t require a lot of lies, although the Yes campaign was replete with untruths, to establish “the narrative.”

Michael Cook, writing at Mercatornet, observed

One example of the narrative which is being used to explain the referendum result is the image of Savita Halappanavar, an Indian migrant who died after asking for an abortion in 2012. It was used to show what happens to women who are denied their reproductive rights. However, abortion had nothing to do with her tragic death, a government investigation concluded in 2014. Instead, it was a perfect storm of medical negligence.

But her death had to be because she was denied her “reproductive rights.” Affording equal rights to unborn babies was portrayed as a kind of open season on women and Ms. Halappanavar was proof-positive.

Any truth at all to that? Of course not. As Jonathon van Maren observed

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.

Cook concludes

Ireland is not the same country, at least not compared to 1983, when the Eighth Amendment was passed by a 2 to 1 margin. It is obvious that the country has “changed, changed utterly” in a single generation – although people will differ on whether this signals a “terrible beauty” or a terrible shame.

What is responsible for the turnabout? The decline in the prestige and power of the Catholic Church, which once was synonymous with Irish culture, surely has something to do with it. But there must be other reasons as well, as Ireland is simply treading the well-worn path towards secularisation which has swept across Western Europe. It’s worthwhile trying to understand the dynamics of the change, as the rise of bioethics itself is part of that secularisation. Otherwise we – Ireland and the rest of us – will fail to understand ourselves.

“We have voted to look reality in the eye and we did not blink,” says Mr. Varadkar about the referendum result. If he meant by these self-congratulatory words that Ireland is no longer living in a world of delusion and lies, he has obviously spoken too soon.

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