An Irish pro-life advocate received a death threat at his home this weekend at a time when the debate over the nation’s abortion laws is growing increasingly hostile.
According to the Irish Mirror, a banging noise woke up pro-lifer John O’Donovan around 3 a.m. Sunday at his home in Cork, Ireland.
“I waited until the noise was gone and when I went down I saw a newspaper was pushed through my letter box,” O’Donovan told the newspaper. “I pulled it out and saw it was a copy of The Irish Catholic and written across the front was, ‘Die pro life f**k.’”
O’Donovan, 59, said he called the police who took details about the incident. He said they also instructed him to call them immediately if something similar happens again.
“I’m apprehensive, I didn’t sleep for the rest of Saturday night, on Sunday I was late going to bed and wondering what the next thing coming through the letter box could be, a petrol bomb?” he said.
Abortion is illegal in Ireland, but the country is facing global pressure from the United Nations and pro-abortion groups, backed by some of the world’s richest men, to legalize abortion on demand by repealing its Eighth Amendment. The amendment protects unborn babies’ right to life and prohibits abortions except when the mother’s life is in jeopardy. Pro-lifers estimate that the constitutional amendment has saved approximately 100,000 unborn babies’ lives from abortion in Ireland.
O’Donovan said he is known in the community for his pro-life work, and he once protested outside of a local government official’s office because the official believes in abortion on demand without limits. However, he said he never protested at the official’s home.
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“Have we reached the stage that if you’re pro-life you’re a target almost? God help you if you’re a Catholic and pro-life, then you’re in double danger,” O’Donovan said. “This isn’t just an attack on me and my life but it’s an attack on all pro-lifers and Catholics out there, it’s absolutely outrageous.”
While O’Donovan said he was terrified by the incident, he will not stop fighting to protect unborn babies’ right to life.
“Are we, the pro-lifers, supposed to walk around with our heads down, cover ourselves and hide away and leave it to the pro-choice people, well that is never going to happen,” he told Cork’s RedFM.
While some Irish citizens are pressuring the country to legalize abortion, it appears that a lot of the pro-abortion movement’s money and influence are coming from outside sources.
In August, a leaked document from George Soros’s Open Society Foundations confirmed that the American billionaire is using his fortune to push abortion on Ireland, Mexico and other pro-life countries, the Catholic News Agency reported.
In reference to Ireland, the document said, “With one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the world, a win there could impact other strongly Catholic countries in Europe, such as Poland, and provide much needed proof that change is possible, even in highly conservative places.”
In 2015, Life Institute reported another American billionaire named Chuck Feeney also gave about $18 million to Irish pro-abortion groups through his foundation. Bill Gates and the Ford Foundation also reportedly gave millions of dollars to the Centre for Reproductive Rights, which also is pushing abortion in Ireland, according to Life Institute.