Background Information

In 1992, Ireland’s Supreme Court decided in Attorney General v. X (commonly referred to as the “X Case”) that an Irish woman was guaranteed the right to abortion when her life was in danger, including by threatening suicide.  However, Irish pro-lifers had beat the Irish Supreme Court to the punch.  In an effort to avoid a situation similar to United States’ Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton catastrophe (where judicial activism decriminalized abortion, in all 9 months, for any reason across America), they enacted a constitutional ban on abortion in 1983.  When the “X Case” was decided, the court’s decision had no power to change the laws, and the justices could only ask politicians to modify them to fit their ruling.  For the past two decades, the lives of Irish children have been defended by politicians from across the religious and political spectrum, and any attempt to allow for abortion has been knocked down.

Until now.StandWithProlifeIreland

Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny originally promised – along with his party – to not legislate for abortion. But like many politicians, his backbone has broken easily. Rather than stand up to the disgusting attempts by the international pro-abortion movement to co-opt the death of Savita Halappanavar to advance their own radical agenda and legalize abortion, he has bowed to their demands and broken his promise.

On April 30th, Kenny’s coalition government introduced legislation with the Orwellian title “The Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill 2013,” which would legalize abortion in Ireland under the guise of preventing the suicide of pregnant women. As there is no gestational age limit to the measure, critics say it would mean abortion on demand, by threat of suicide, through all nine months of pregnancy. In addition, Catholic hospitals would be forced to comply with the proposed law. The bill has also been criticized for containing no conscience clause protections for physicians, nurses, and other health care workers.

The Catholic Church in Ireland has denounced the measure and called upon the Irish people to lobby their elected representatives to oppose it. Cardinal Sean Brady, the Primate of Ireland, said the bill, if approved, would “make the direct and intentional killing of unborn children lawful in Ireland.” Brady went on to say that: “It is a tragic moment for Irish society when we regard the deliberate destruction of a completely innocent person as an acceptable response to the threat of the preventable death of another person.”

In addition, Kenny has threatened to expel pro-life Catholic TDs (members of parliament) from his Fine Gael parliamentary party if they refuse to vote for the measure, which is expected to be acted upon in July.

But, before he allows abortion to become legal in Ireland, he was invited by Catholic leaders in America to speak at Boston College’s commencement ceremonies and receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree. For any college, but particularly a Catholic one, to honor the man who would usher in the mass death of Irish preborn children, it’s simply unconscionable!!

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