Protecting unborn babies’ lives has produced a “legacy of shame” for Ireland, its prime minister claimed Thursday ahead of a critical vote on abortion.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has been campaigning with abortion activists for the repeal of the Eighth Amendment, which protects unborn babies’ right to life.
On Thursday, he blasted the country’s pro-life laws, which protect unborn babies and mothers equally.
“There has been in Ireland a legacy of shame in many ways,” Varadkar said, the Irish Examiner reports. “The fact that 170,000 women have had to travel, sometimes in secret, to another jurisdiction to end their pregnancies.
“I hope that a Yes vote will help to lift that stigma and help to take away that legacy of shame that exists in our society,” he continued.
On Friday, Ireland is scheduled to vote on whether to repeal the Eighth Amendment. Abortion activists, backed by some of the world’s richest men, have been pushing the pro-life country to legalize abortion on demand.
If the amendment is repealed, government leaders plan to push a proposal to legalize abortion for any reason up to 12 weeks of pregnancy and up to six months in a wide range of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.
Varadkar claimed the legalized killing of unborn babies will make Ireland a “little bit more compassionate and a little bit more understanding.”
But this is far from the case. 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 and their babies.
Pro-lifers estimate that the Eighth Amendment has saved approximately 100,000 unborn babies’ lives from abortion.
Irish doctors have been some of the most outspoken advocates against abortion, saying the repeal of the Eighth Amendment would do nothing whatsoever to help Irish women.
People with disabilities and their families also are expressing fears that legalized abortion could lead to wide-spread, deadly discrimination against unborn babies.
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.
According to the report, 3.2 million people are registered to vote in Ireland.
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.