Irish abortion activists already have government leaders and some of the richest old white men in America on their side, but now they have rock band U2 as well.
This week, the band publicly urged Irish voters to repeal the pro-life Eighth Amendment and legalize abortion.
On May 25, Ireland is scheduled to vote on whether to retain its Eighth Amendment, which protects unborn babies’ right to life. Abortion activists, backed by some of the world’s richest men, are pushing the pro-life country to legalize abortion on demand.
Pro-lifers estimate that the Eighth Amendment has saved approximately 100,000 unborn babies’ lives from abortion.
But band members Bono, Dave “Edge” Evans, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr., who hail from Ireland, told The Times that they agreed together to help promote the campaign to legalize abortion in their home country.
“I think we have acknowledged that it’s a very emotive issue and I think that we acknowledged that there are strong feelings on both sides in Ireland. I am in favour of repealing, but I do understand why people might have a problem with that. The important thing is to vote,” Evans said.
The band shared an Instagram post Tuesday asking Irish voters to repeal the pro-life amendment.
“It is huge and I know there is a huge divergence of opinion on it and I accept that and it is hard to take a stance without having to acknowledge there is another side to it but I am for it and I support repeal. It is the smart thing to do,” Evans told the Irish Mirror.
Given the band’s connections to American billionaire George Soros, the announcement does not come as much of a surprise.
Frontman Bono once described Soros as “one of my great heroes.”
Soros has been using his fortune to influence the abortion vote in Ireland and other pro-life countries. Late last year, the Irish government said those donations were illegal; however, the main recipient of Soros’s money, Amnesty International Ireland, refused to give it back.
Soros is one of the richest men in the world. He has given hundreds of millions of dollars to pro-abortion groups, including Planned Parenthood and the ACLU.
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The Irish government began asking questions of pro-abortion groups in 2016 after a leaked document from Soros’s Open Society Foundations revealed plans to push Ireland and other pro-life countries to legalize abortion on demand, the Catholic News Agency reported at the time.
The Abortion Rights Campaign, another Irish group that received €25,000 from Soros’ Open Society Foundations, agreed to return the donation.
Pro-life advocates have been working hard against a biased media and the huge, illegal donations from rich American businessmen who are intent on pushing Ireland to adopt abortion on demand. Pro-life volunteers have been knocking on doors across Ireland to save the Eighth Amendment and thousands of unborn babies’ lives.
Many of their efforts at outreach have been met with hostility and vandalism by abortion activists.
Two polls this spring show the pro-abortion campaigners are losing ground. Still, support for abortion is higher than opposition. In April, the Business Insider reported 47 percent of Irish voters now say they will vote to repeal the pro-life Eighth Amendment – down 9 points from an earlier poll. According to the poll, 28 percent will vote to retain it; 20 percent are undecided.