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On Friday 25 May the Irish electorate will decide on whether or not to repeal the Eighth Amendment which would allow for abortion on demand. The Eighth Amendment clarifies:

"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 practicable, by its laws to defend and vindicate that right."

This is the phrasing exactly as it appears in the Irish constitution and to alter it would require a referendum in the Republic of Ireland. Since 1983 the Amendment has acknowledged the right to life of the unborn, equating it with the mother’s right to life. A pro-abortion coalition was launched to repeal this amendment in September 2017. However, regardless of where one stands in relation to abortion, a very disturbing sequence of events has recently unfolded which casts the sinister shadow of globalist infiltration over the debate.

It now seems that once again a Cultural Marxist, liberal agenda to alter Irish society has become apparent. Unbeknownst to many who are advocating for abortion, a leaked document revealed that George Soros' Open Society Foundation was heavily funding the main pro-abortion campaign groups: Amnesty International Ireland, the Abortion Rights Campaign and the Irish Family Planning Association. The strategy was to use Ireland as a litmus test for the purpose of implementing abortion in the future, in other mainly Catholic European nations. The Open Society Foundation actually stated that it would fund these three Irish organizations;

to work collectively on a campaign to repeal Ireland’s constitutional amendment granting equal rights to an implanted embryo as the pregnant woman. With one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the world, a win there could impact other strongly Catholic countries in Europe, such as Poland and provide much needed proof that change is possible, even in highly conservative places.

This makes the intentions of this organization patently clear. A further revelation from the leaked document was even more insidious.

The recent legislation of same-sex marriage (in Ireland) offers valuable and timely opportunities to advance the campaign.

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According to Cora Sherlock, Deputy Chairperson of the Pro-Life Campaign;

"These revelations are extremely disturbing… the fact that an outside body is talking about funding and coordinating groups in Ireland to dismantle protection for the unborn child represents a gross interference and is an attack on democracy.’ She then continued, "I think most people want to see a fair debate regardless of where they stand on the issue. The public will be deprived of such a debate if this kind of meddling continues from well-funded outside bodies."

To make it even more blatantly obvious that the Irish Abortion Referendum is influenced by a globalist liberal Marxist agenda, the three organizations in question defended their receipt of the funding.

There is now a manifested level of emotional self-righteous indignation with anything to do with traditional values in Ireland, coming predominantly from the college-attending millennial generation that borders on the unhinged. The same level of feminist bile on display at the Women’s March is evident at Irish pro-abortion rallies. Chanting slogans and rhetoric in uniformity is now the norm with, as per usual, opportunities for civilized debate being null and void. Those who oppose the rhetoric are labelled fascist, et cetera. Unfortunately it is these heavily indoctrinated college campus revolutionaries who will vote en-masse to repeal the Eight Amendment and lead Ireland even closer to the Cultural Marxist utopia, which is the globalist dream.

I have no doubt that many of those who support the abortion agenda in Ireland are unaware of its Marxist influence or even of its historic relationship with the eugenics movement of the early 20th Century. After the atrocities of WW2, eugenics was given the less controversial moniker of ‘population control’ or ‘birth control’. In America, the eugenics promoter, Margaret Sanger’s American Birth Control League changed its name to Planned Parenthood and the ‘Eugenics Quarterly’ journal was rebranded ‘Social Biology.’ In fact, Sanger was quoted as saying prior to WW2;

"the most merciful thing a large family can do to one of its infant members is to kill it."

Her radical socialist views would create the eventual blueprint for the new feminism mainstreamed in the 1960’s and ‘70’s.

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Yet how did it ever come to this? To understand the level of Cultural Marxist indoctrination and its ‘slow march through the institutions’ we have to remember that this has been an ongoing battle to destroy all Western values since the renegade Marxist, Max Horkheimer became director of the infamous Frankfurt School in 1930. He believed that the real enemy of Communism was not Capitalism but Western Culture and its inherent values. Victory would be attained only after ‘Christian beliefs had died in the soul of Western Man.’ In order to achieve this, the institutions of culture and education would have to be captured. This new road to cultural hegemony would be achieved through psychological conditioning, with the social and moral beliefs represented by the nuclear family as prime targets. By destroying the traditionally strong bonds of the family and the nurturing values it represents, Western values would soon crumble, fostering the greater potential to replace Western traditional society with something wholly different – a Marxist, atomised society more dependent on the tenets of the state which would then become the surrogate family.

With the Irish mainstream media, political establishment and educational institutions all advocating for the right to abortion on demand, it would seem that the Cultural Marxist agenda has finally achieved its aims. After all, is that not the premise we are expected to abide by now in Ireland without being vilified? However, it does not have to be like this.

So, notwithstanding the abortion legislation already introduced in 2013 allowing for limited abortion where the life of the mother was in danger, the Eighth Amendment provides the last remaining protection for the unborn child in Ireland and should be robustly defended.

According to the Pro-Life Campaign, each human being regardless of age, gender, disability, race, status in society, possesses a profound, inherent, equal and irreplaceable value and dignity. Abortion advocates want the unborn child to be an exception to this rule. To do this they resort to the ploy of denying the humanity of the unborn. However, the indicator of a truly civilised society, however, is one that welcomes everyone in life and protects everyone in its laws.

Cora Sherlock of the Pro-Life Campaign said:

"The 8th Amendment (Article 40.3.3) is the last remaining constitutional protection for the unborn in Ireland. Since its insertion into the Constitution in 1983, it has ensured that pregnant women in Ireland receive all necessary medical treatment and at the same time has provided full protection for the unborn child’s right to life. It is no exaggeration to say that tens of thousands of people are alive in Ireland today thanks to the 8th Amendment. We know of many mothers who are grateful for the Amendment, because without it their children may never have been born."

She further clarified that;

"Since the Government introduced abortion legislation in 2013, abortion is legal throughout the full nine months of pregnancy on a threat of suicide, without any medical evidence to back it up. This law is unjust and must be repealed but at least while the 8th Amendment is still in place, the right to life of the unborn child must still be considered by doctors in Ireland. What Deputy Coppinger (of the Irish Socialist Party) and her supporters ignore is that the repeal of this Amendment would remove the rights of an entire group of human beings in Irish society – the unborn."

I can only hope now that the Irish electorate and the millennial generation in particular will not only realise this but also the sinister agenda of globalism delving furtively behind the scene as well.


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Eugene OBrien

by Eugene OBrien

Eugene O'Brien is a freelance journalist who mainly focuses on feature stories relevant to Ireland and the EU. He is based in Dublin.

Dublin, Ireland