Even today, she stands firm in her resolve to protect her unborn children...
by M. J. Joachim
When abortion was legalized in the United States, no one could have imagined the Pandora’s Box it proved to open. Few could understand the implications of such a law, and so many good, well-intentioned people, simply gave it little credence, considering the absurdity of any mother actually wanting to harm her own child. Had we known then, what we know now, perhaps our citizens would have been like mother lions protecting their young. But America was careless regarding such matters. Ireland, on the other hand, was not. Even today, she stands firm in her resolve to protect her unborn children, spending millions of dollars to defend her position against frivolous lawsuits, upholding her integrity and honor in the fight to remain pro-life, despite those who desire nothing more than to see her undoing.
According to A, B and C Ireland: Europe’s Roe v. Wade Has to Wait (Law Quarterly Review, 2011), the Irish Constitution guarantees the rights of unborn children, adherent to their 8th Amendment. “It provides that “the state acknowledges the right to life of the unborn and, with due regard to the equal right to life of the mother, guarantees in its laws to respect, and as far as practical, by its laws to defend and vindicate that right.” Life Institute states, “Ireland is a sovereign nation, and our prolife laws should be decided by the people. However the European Union continues to attempt to interfere in Ireland’s prolife laws, and many recent EU rulings and resolutions have caused serious concerns to prolife people, especially in relation to abortion, euthanasia and embryo research.”
Youth Defence, acclaimed as one of Ireland’s most active prolife groups, strongly believes in the importance of having a social conscience. To that end, they work to debunk the culture of death, illuminating the outrageous and faulty claims of abortion propaganda, and defending life by implementing necessary strategies and projects in multiple ways, including their Direct Action Campaign, a movement which “is the basis for pro-life strategies of Education, Public Demonstration, Campaigning, Communicating and Lobbying.”
As much as I’d love to live in a country like Ireland that recognizes the human rights of our unborn children, I know I was called to fight the travesty of abortion in the United States of America. To that end, I salute you, Ireland, and will make it my goal to learn from your example, hoping that someday, the pro-lifers in this country will share your victory, and declare our unborn children citizens here, like you do there.
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