On Friday, May 25, the people of Ireland voted to repeal the pro-life Eighth Amendment to their nation’s constitution. Passed in 1983, the Eighth Amendment reads as follows: “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.” The Amendment was overturned by an overwhelming margin of 67% to 33%.
According to National Review, the Irish Parliament intends to move forward with legislation that will legalize abortion-on-demand during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, and will allow abortions prior to fetal viability if continuing the pregnancy would pose a risk to the life or the physical and mental health of the pregnant mother. Furthermore, the proposed legislation would allow post-viability abortions in the event of an “immediate risk” to the mother, and would allow abortion at any point if an unborn child suffers from a condition that could lead to his or her death before or shortly after birth.
The Irish Constitution may have changed, but truth has not. This is a grievous turn of events for a nation that had resisted efforts to legalize abortion for several decades. Friends, let us use this sad situation as motivation to redouble our efforts at building a culture of life in the United States.