Ireland once saved civilization, keeping Christianity and the classical tradition alive, during the barbarian invasions after the fall of Rome, eventually converting those barbarians. Not this time. Ireland joined the rest of the uncivilized world by voting to legalize the barbaric practice of abortion.
The Irish voted to repudiate their Christian heritage and their Catholic identity, with 66.4% voting to repeal the Constitution’s Eighth Amendment, which granted equal rights to the unborn, with 33.6% voting “no.” The Eighth Amendment was added to the Constitution by a similar referendum in 1983, with 67% of the vote, about the same percentage who now voted to repeal it.
From Claire Chretien, Ireland votes to legalize abortion: ‘a tragedy of historic proportions’:
Irish citizens voted to legalize abortion on Friday, ending Ireland’s legacy as one of the world’s most pro-life nations.
The votes are still being officially counted, but the pro-abortion campaign is declaring victory and pro-lifers are calling this a “tragedy of historic proportions.”
“The 8th amendment did not create a right to life for the unborn child – it merely acknowledged that such a right exists, has always existed, and will always exist,” the pro-life Save the 8th campaign said in a statement. “What Irish voters did yesterday is a tragedy of historic proportions. However, a wrong does not become right simply because a majority support it.”
Ireland has one of the lowest maternal mortality rates in the world. The Eighth Amendment of its Constitution guaranteed equal rights for pre-born babies and their mothers.
Repealing the Eighth Amendment was a decades-long goal of the abortion movement. The Irish voted by 67 percent to add the Eighth Amendment to their constitution in 1983, making the Emerald Isle a uniquely safe place for pre-born babies in contrast to the rest of the West’s liberal abortion regimes.
There have been five previous votes on repealing the Eighth Amendment, all of which failed. One was in 1983, three were in 1992, and one was in 2002. . . .
In early 2018, the Irish government approved putting the Eighth Amendment to a vote in May with the promise that if passed, legislation allowing abortion on demand would be introduced. The proposed legislation – which may be introduced next week – is expected to be abortion on demand during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy for healthy babies and later throughout pregnancy for nebulous “health” reasons, for babies with disabilities, and babies conceived in rape.
Photo of a previous pro-abortion demonstration in Ireland, by Ardfern [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], from Wikimedia Commons