Former Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards celebrated with Irish abortion activists Wednesday after the country voted to legalize the killing of unborn babies up to six months in abortions.
She shared a quote on Twitter that described abortion activists’ “sheer joy” at being able to legally abort their unborn babies at taxpayers’ expense in Ireland.
The legislation passed parliament last week, and pro-abortion politicians are pushing doctors to begin aborting unborn babies Jan. 1. The medical community says it is not ready, and the premature start-date could put women’s lives at risk; but pro-abortion leaders are pushing through their plans anyway.
Along with legalizing abortion up to six months, the law also will force taxpayers to pay for abortions and force Catholic hospitals to provide them. The bill also strictly limits conscience protections for medical professionals, and hundreds of doctors and nurses fear being forced to help abort unborn babies or lose their jobs.
Richards and other abortion activists found this oppressive new law a reason to celebrate.
The right to abortion should not depend upon your income. Thank you women of Ireland! ☘️ ‘Sheer Joy’: Ireland Will Have Free Abortion Care on January 1 – https://t.co/zbDewXpOXT https://t.co/1pePhnc07M
— Cecile Richards (@CecileRichards) December 19, 2018
The article that Richards shared came from the pro-abortion site Rewire. While praising the legislation, it left out key details that misled readers about the real situation in Ireland.
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According to the report:
Abortion in Ireland will be free, safe, and legal up to 12 weeks into pregnancy starting January 1, a major blow to the Catholic Church and opponents of the country’s abortion rights law, who tried to drag out the legislative process with support from U.S. anti-choice advisers.
To Bríd Smith, People Before Profit member of Irish parliament, the repeal of the Eighth Amendment banning abortion in Ireland was “one of those rare moments in life when you feel such joy, the sheer joy of beating back the Catholic Church’s agenda, really beating it back for once. And pride, because we put a huge amount of effort into it and had witnessed a new generation of young Irish people completely different to what we had known.”
Readers get the wrong impression on several points. First, on safety, the medical community has been voicing loud, repeated concerns about the Jan. 1 start-date. Many hospitals have said they are not ready, and even medical experts who support abortion said women’s lives could be put at risk by forcing hospitals to begin abortions before they are ready. Leading medical groups point to a lack of ultrasound machines, clinical guidelines and trained staff as a reason for delay.
But the article does not mention this. Paramount even to women’s safety, it seems, is legalized abortion on demand to activists like Richards and the Rewire writers.
The report also accuses U.S. pro-life advocates of underhandedly influencing Irish voters on the issue. This is a misdirect, because it actually was the Irish pro-abortion movement that received a huge cash flow from some of the richest old white men in America.
The report continued with even more misleading points:
Mandy La Combre of the Trade Union Campaign to Repeal the Eighth points out that by the time it came to a vote on the legislation, “It was done to death. People knew what they were voting for. Every debate was talked about. Every inch of it.”
The benefit of a referendum, she said, was that everyone in the country had debated the issue thoroughly, and the decisive 66.4 percent victory for Repeal meant that anti-choice members of parliament had little excuse for trying to halt the legislation.
On the contrary, polls indicate a strong majority of Irish voters do not support the radical legislation that parliament passed. An October poll by Amárach found that 60 percent of Irish residents oppose taxpayer-funded abortions. In addition, a full 80 percent say health care workers should not be forced to carry out abortions against their conscience.
Parliament rejected a number of common-sense amendments that have strong public support. These included amendments to require parental consent for girls under 16, to ban sex-selection abortions and taxpayer-funded abortions, to require basic medical care for infants born alive after botched abortions. They also rejected an amendment to provide better conscience protections for doctors.
Just how many unborn babies may be killed in Ireland annually is uncertain, but about 3,000 Irish women travel to England or Wales every year for abortions, according to government statistics.
Ireland’s new abortion law is nothing to celebrate. Ireland once was a nation that protected every human life from conception to natural death. Mothers and their unborn babies both were treated with the care and respect that they deserved. Now, women will be put at risk and their unborn babies’ lives destroyed in the deceptive name of “women’s right to choose.”