Ireland’s Catholics are facing a battle against George Soros and anti-Catholic liberals in the Irish Parliament and the UN as they fight for the right to life of unborn babies – a right that has been enshrined in their Constitution since 1983. A referendum that would eliminate their eighth amendment, adopted on the feast day of the Holy Rosary, will be held in May or June 2018.
To protest the referendum, Catholics in Ireland will be holding a mass-rosary recital around the country’s coastline on the feast of Christ the King, November 26th. The organizers are planning to have prayers in at least 53 locations, representing the number of Hail Marys in a five-decade rosary.
The Catholic community in Ireland has been concerned about the great loss of Catholic faith, especially among the younger population, due to powerful progressive interests.
The Open Society Foundation run by the American progressive George Soros has been at the head of the pro-abortion campaign in Ireland. The OSF provided three pro-abortion groups in Ireland with hundreds of thousands in funds, including Amnesty International’s Irish branch, the Irish Family Planning Associatio, and the Abortion Rights Campaign.
Various United Nations committees, including the UN Human Rights Committee and the UN Committee against Torture, have attacked Ireland for its pro-life protections. Because Ireland hasn’t bent to the UN’s will, the British government plans to pay for Northern Irish women to have abortions in England.
These actions undermining the protection of unborn children don’t stop on the external front. Ireland’s own liberal Prime Minister Leo Varadkar has described the eighth amendment as “too restrictive” and has said the eighth amendment has a “chilling effect” on doctors.
In the face of this opposition, Ireland’s pro-life supporters have refused to give up the fight for life.
Ireland’s annual “Rally for Life” in Dublin organized 70,000 marchers earlier this summer, demonstrating a more widespread support for the eighth amendment than Irish liberals like to admit.
David Quinn, founder and director of the Iona Institute for Religion and Society told the Scottish Catholic Observer that Catholics “have more than a fighting chance of winning” this fight.