Most Irish voters do not want to abortion on demand to be legal in their country, according to a new poll.
But abortion for any reason up to 22 weeks is what abortion activists, backed by some of the world’s richest men, are trying to push on the pro-life country.
In May or June of 2018, Ireland will hold a referendum vote on whether to repeal its Eighth Amendment, which gives unborn babies a right to life. Because of the amendment, Ireland is one of the last countries in Europe that protects unborn babies from abortion.
A new poll by the Irish Times/Iposos MRBI found that very few voters want to legalize abortion on demand in Ireland. Only 24 percent said they would support a referendum to repeal the Eighth Amendment and legalize abortion for any reason up to 22 weeks of pregnancy.
The wording echoes a Citizens’ Assembly recommendation to allow abortions for any reason up to 12 weeks and up to 22 weeks for “socioeconomic” reasons, which basically means any reason. Their proposal also would legalize abortions up until birth in cases of fatal fetal anomalies, The Journal reports.
The new poll indicates the Irish public strongly opposes such a radical pro-abortion measure.
However, there is some support for a limited legalization of abortion. According to the poll, 57 percent of voters would support a referendum to legalize abortions in cases of rape, fatal fetal anomalies or threats to the mother’s life,
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An additional 10 percent of voters said they do not want a referendum at all, meaning they want Ireland to keep protecting unborn babies’ right to life.
The findings are consistent with previous polls. In the spring, the Irish Times conducted a similar poll and found that a “clear majority” of Irish voters do not want abortion to be legal for any reason.
Nick Park, executive director of the Evangelical Alliance of Ireland, warned that abortion activists will continue trying to manipulate Irish voters into supporting abortion on demand.
“The pro-abortion lobby will try to exploit this situation by exploiting very emotive cases, and in doing so, remove the constitutional protection from all unborn children,” Park told Christian Today.
Pro-lifers estimate that the Eighth Amendment has saved approximately 100,000 unborn babies’ lives from abortion in Ireland. The country also has one of the lowest maternal mortality rates and best health care for women in the world.
However, abortion activists, with the help of American billionaires like George Soros, have been pushing the pro-life country to repeal the Eighth Amendment and legalize abortion on demand.
Politicians want to schedule a vote in May or June of 2018, before Pope Francis’s scheduled visit in August. Some fear the Catholic leader’s strong advocacy for the unborn could influence voters to uphold the Eighth Amendment.