Catholics, conservatives, and Christians of all stripes had hoped to see Ireland take one last stand for the sanctity of life when they went to the polls this week to vote on the country’s abortion laws. Unfortunately, by the time the results came in, it wasn’t even close. In a sign of how effectively liberals have changed the Irish landscape – once one of the most culturally conservative countries in Europe – voters came out nearly two-to-one in favor of liberalizing the nation’s abortion laws, setting the stage for full-scale legalization later in the year.
“It’s incredible,” said Mary Higgins, an activist involved in Together For Yes. “For all the years and years and years we’ve been trying to look after women and not been able to look after women, this means everything.”
Except, you know, for the would-be women who will never be born thanks to this shift in the law. But, you know, who cares about them? What money have they ever given to Ireland’s left-wing politicians, anyway?
Oh, by the way, we really enjoy this bit of explanation from Reuters: “For decades, the law forced over 3,000 women to travel to Britain each year for terminations.”
No. It really didn’t. But this is coming from a media that perpetrates lies like: “Republicans want to force women to be pregnant.” It’s just not true, but apparently liberals see women as little more than feral animals who cannot control themselves when it comes to sex. They must be protected like precious Faberge eggs from predatory men, alcohol-fueled hookups, and, of course, their own bad decision-making. And since they cannot control when and how they have sex, they have to have the abortion option.
Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, who campaign fiercely for the repeal, praised the vote as ushering in a “historic day for Ireland.” He said that he understood that many conservative voters were distraught, but assured them that nothing had really changed about the country they loved.
“I know today is not welcome and you may feel this country has taken the wrong turn, that this country is one you no longer recognize,” he said. “I want to reassure you that Ireland today is the same as it was last week, but more tolerant, open and respectful.”
Uh-huh. Well, it seems the left in Ireland is every bit as clever with their words as the left in America, and we don’t doubt that that’s where they learned it from. We would be shocked at the idea of legal abortion being a measure of a country’s “tolerance” and “respect,” but it’s nothing compared to some of the rhetoric we’ve heard from Planned Parenthood and the Democrats who worship the organization.
It’s a sad day for a country that used to have a firm grasp on right and wrong, but we suppose the rot of cultural decline knows no borders.