Irish member of parliament Carol Nolan was punished by her own political party in March for voting to protect unborn babies’ rights.
Despite continuous criticism and a three-month suspension, the Sinn Féin TD continues to be a passionate advocate for the unborn in Ireland.
On Monday, she wrote a column for the Irish Examiner to explain why she opposes her political party’s pro-abortion stance and why voters should, too.
Ireland is just days away from a critical election 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 on May 25.
If the amendment is repealed, government leaders plan to push a proposal to legalize abortion for any reason up to 12 weeks of pregnancy and up to six months in a wide range of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.
Nolan blasted the proposal as “shameful and regressive.”
“As a republican with strong pro-life views, I feel that we, as a society, have no right to decide who lives or dies, as equality is for all,” she wrote.
Currently, Irish laws protect pregnant mothers and their unborn babies equally. And Ireland is one of the safest places in the world for pregnant mothers to give birth.
If abortion becomes legal in Ireland, more women and unborn babies will suffer, Nolan said. She pointed to the pain and regret that several post-abortive women shared last week in public testimonies about the violence of their abortions.
This amendment is the only legal protection that the unborn, the most vulnerable in our society, have, and it must be retained, if we are to afford equal rights to all in our society. The right to life is a fundamental that is non-negotiable for humans.
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Friday’s referendum is about life and death.
It is about choosing whether to allow the most vulnerable, the unborn, to continue to have a right to life or to deny them this basic, fundamental human right, upon which all others are built.
I passionately believe that every unborn child has the right to life and that is why I’m campaigning with pro-life groups at a local and national level, in advocating for a no vote.
In Ireland, pro-life advocates have been working hard against a biased media, politicians, 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.