Irish Americans Urge Ireland to Vote No on Referendum to Legalize Abortion

International   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   May 16, 2018   |   2:53PM   |   Washington, DC

From across the pond, a group of Irish Americans urged their native country not to make the same mistake America did in allowing abortion on demand.

Irish Central reports a group of Irish-born Americans held a rally Monday outside the Irish Consulate in New York City to raise awareness about the upcoming vote on abortion in Ireland. They also met with Irish Counsul General Ciaran Madden to discuss their concerns.

“We all know people at home, family and friends, and we can use our voices to educate them about the horror of abortion over here and how that shouldn’t be a reality in Ireland, too,” said John Aidan Byrne, who immigrated from Ireland in the 1980s. “With God’s grace, Irish people will vote no to abortion on demand.”

Byrne is the founder of the group Irish Pro-Life USA, which organized the rally and meeting, according to the report. He said he still visits his home country every year.

“If the Irish repeal the amendment they will implement very radical abortion laws. It will be abortion on demand, just like what you have in New York. Is that what Ireland really wants or needs? We don’t think so,” Byrne said.

On May 25, Ireland is scheduled to vote on whether to repeal 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.

If the amendment is repealed, government leaders plan to push a proposal to legalize abortion for any reason up to 12 weeks of pregnancy and up to six months in a wide range of circumstances.

In a joint statement, members of Irish Pro-Life USA pleaded with Irish voters not to make “the same tragic mistake” as America.

“As Irish citizens and friends of Ireland abroad, we urge the people of Ireland to vote no to the repeal of the Eighth Amendment in the referendum on May 25 in Ireland,” they said. “The Irish and our friends in America have seen the horrible destruction of legalized abortion nationwide, especially since the 1973 Roe v Wade decision by the Supreme Court, which has resulted in well over 54 million abortions nationwide.”

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“We, citizens and friends of Ireland, fervently hope the people of Ireland will continue the long standing Irish tradition of defending and protecting life and the most vulnerable, from the moment of conception. Do not make the same tragic mistake as the United States by legalizing abortion,” they continued.

In Ireland, pro-life advocates have been working hard against a biased media, celebrities and 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. Earlier this month, an abortion activist allegedly assaulted a pro-lifer in Galway as he was attempting to hang up a poster.

Several recent polls show the pro-abortion campaigners are losing ground, and many voters remain undecided. 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 the pro-life amendment, and 20 percent are undecided.