Until recently, Ireland had a constitutional amendment that protected the life of the fetus. When the amendment was repealed by a special ballot, the anti-life crowd cheered.
Before the vote, the 8th amendment stated:
The State acknowledges the right to life of the unborn and, with due regard to the equal right to life of the mother, guarantees in its laws to respect, and, as far as practicable, by its laws to defend and vindicate that right.
That effectively banned abortion except when the woman’s life is at risk. The exceptions that were not included were the cases of rape, incest, or fetal abnormality.
The vote was held on Friday and was a huge win for the Prime Minister of Ireland.
Ireland’s landslide vote to repeal its abortion ban was an extraordinary political success for Ireland’s young prime minister, Leo Varadkar, who staked his political reputation and possibly his job on a conviction that his fast-changing country would support change.
The scale of the victory means legislation outlined by Varadkar before the vote is likely to pass through parliament relatively unhindered.
The health minister, Simon Harris, said he would start the process on Tuesday, when the Irish cabinet will meet to discuss draft legislation to allow terminations within the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, and up to 24 weeks in exceptional circumstances.
The 8th amendment providing the equal right to life for both the woman and the unborn will be replaced.
But, according to the Irish Prime Minister, it means that Ireland is actually better for the decision to allow abortion as a form of retroactive birth control.
Mr Varadkar said he understood that those who had voted against repeal would be unhappy.
He said he had a message for them: “I know today is not welcome and you may feel this country has taken the wrong turn, that this country is one you no longer recognise.
“I want to reassure you that Ireland today is the same as it was last week, but more tolerant, open and respectful.”
Source: The Guardian
Watch the gruesome masses cheer the decision to allow innocent babies to be slaughtered:
The moment Ireland learned that 66.4% voted to Repeal the Eighth
Posted by The Independent on Sunday, May 27, 2018
Watch Irish Pro-Life advocate, John McGuirk, explain why abortion on demand is bad for society:
This is one of the most powerful statements on abortion you've ever heard: John McGuirk explains what abortion does to a society–and why Ireland should vote against it. Share far and wide so others can see this, too.
Posted by Jonathon Van Maren on Tuesday, May 22, 2018
McGuirk had posted this message on Facebook before the vote:
For me, tomorrow’s vote is not, as some may tell you, a “complicated” issue, or a “deeply personal” one. Yes, there are reasonable disagreements to be had about when life begins. Yes, there are very good people who believe that pro-life principles shouldn’t mean making a raped woman give birth, and yes there are people who believe that the parents of a child who is unlikely to survive should have what they believe is a compassionate option. I understand all that.
But we’re being asked to make legal, in this country, the lethal injection and dismemberment of a perfectly healthy human baby at 24 weeks gestation. You can say it will happen rarely, you can say it will happen only in X circumstance, you can say any of those things, and they won’t change the fact that we are about to make it legal. It doesn’t matter if it only happens once – if it happens, it will be because we said it should be allowed. And I, for one, cannot say that, and never could. It is not complicated, or deeply personal, it’s just what it is, simple, and stark, and brutal.
Our laws say something about who we are as a country. If, like me, you think what is being proposed in this referendum is contrary to what you want to see in Ireland, then please, vote no, and do so firmly. It’s not only your right, it’s your responsibility.
Working with the Savethe8th team for the past few weeks has been the honour of a lifetime. They are incredible and passionate, and kind, and honourable people. Win or lose tomorrow, I am so proud to know them all, and call them, I hope, friends for life. I’m also so grateful to Orla, who has put up with so much, and more, these past 8 weeks. Thanks to everyone who has been so supportive, and whatever the outcome tomorrow, I hope there is no triumphalism on either side. There are no victories in this debate.
Unfortunately for Ireland, McGuirk is absolutely right.
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