Abortion activists have put a big, fat target on pro-life Ireland, and United States billionaire George Soros is giving them huge donations to hit the mark.
The Eighth Amendment in Ireland gives unborn babies a right to life. The country also has one of the lowest maternal mortality rates and best health care for women in the world.
That’s one of the reasons why Niamh Ui Bhriain of the Life Institute in Ireland believes Soros and abortion activists are pushing so strongly to change Ireland’s pro-life laws.
“… Ireland’s experience shows that you could ban abortion and protect women’s lives,” Ui Bhriain told Breitbart in a recent interview. “We have one of the lowest maternal mortality rates and some of the best maternal healthcare in the world according to the UN. So abortion campaigners are focused on smashing Ireland’s laws because they know pro-lifers the world over can look to Ireland as a real, proven example of why abortion is never necessary.”
Documents leaked last year from Soros’s Open Society Foundations revealed that abortion activists have an extensive, well-funded plan to legalize abortion in Ireland. The document showed the foundations’ three-year plan through 2019 to target laws in Ireland, Mexico and other pro-life countries, the Catholic News Agency reported.
In the next three years, the Soros-backed plan is to “stem, mitigate and reverse the tide of fetal personhood laws and constitutional amendments” and to generate “a robust set of organizations advancing and defending sexual and reproductive rights [abortion] and injecting new thinking/strategy into the field,” according to the leaked document.
Soros, one of the richest men in the world, already has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to pro-abortion groups in Ireland through his foundation, according to Breitbart. This includes €137,000 to Amnesty International Ireland, €132,000 to an affiliate of the International Planned Parenthood Federation in Ireland and €25,000 to the Abortion Rights Campaign.
Some politicians and the media in Ireland are pushing abortion, too. Last week, Irish Health Minister Simon Harris defended his decision to draft legislation that could legalize abortion in the pro-life country, the pro-life group SPUC reported at LifeNews.
The pro-life group reports abortion activists also have been pushing for an early referendum to overturn the Eighth Amendment, possibly as soon as next June or July.
Here’s more from Breitbart:
Ui Bhriain says now she and her colleagues are expecting a referendum to abolish the Eighth Amendment next spring.
“The new Taoiseach (prime minister) Leo Varadkar is making the vote a priority,” she notes, adding, however, that the campaign to repeal the amendment is not coming from the general public.
The Irish Times reports that, despite the Citizens’ Assembly vote to extend abortion access with “no restrictions as to reasons” (64 percent), “The evidence of today’s poll suggests that Irish voters do not share the views of the assembly on the extent of liberalisation.”
A strong majority still oppose abortion on demand in Ireland. According to the newspaper, most people want abortions to be limited to cases involving rape, serious risks to the woman’s health and fatal fetal anomalies.
Grassroots pro-life advocates are working hard to stop abortion activists from succeeding. Ui Bhriain said they have thousands of volunteers who are going door to door to talk to people about abortion.
“There are 1.1 million homes in Ireland,” Ui Bhriain told Breitbart. “We’ve reached almost 200,000 with the canvass so far, and expect to reach a total of 800,000 before polling day.”
Ireland is one target, but Soros also has been using his money to promote abortions in other countries. The billionaire gave a whopping $246 million to pro-abortion groups in the past several years, including $21 million to the United States abortion chain Planned Parenthood. Other recipients include the Center for Reproductive Rights and the American Civil Liberties Union.
Other American billionaires also are supporting big abortion across the world. In 2015, Life Institute reported another American billionaire named Chuck Feeney poured about $18 million into Ireland’s pro-abortion groups through his foundation. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation 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.