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Glee over Ireland repealing abortion ban was sickening

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IT was in County Roscommon four months ago when I first had a presentiment that the last ties binding Ireland to its ancient heritage of humanity were about to be loosened. The Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, had announced that a referendum would take place on whether to repeal the 8th amendment of the Irish constitution, the one that accorded equal status to the life of an unborn child with that of its mother. Only in extreme circumstances, including a genuine threat to the life of the mother, could an abortion take place.

In the decades that have elapsed since this was enshrined in 1983 Ireland has been portrayed by the hunting packs of the liberal elites as a superstitious and backward state. In fact, the 8th amendment was an enlightened and compassionate measure guaranteeing the human rights of society’s most vulnerable human beings: children growing within the womb. Though much of this anger and invective was sincere, a great deal of it was also thinly-concealed hatred of Christianity and an anti-Irish racism similar to that recently espoused by some high-profile Scottish politicians.

I had chosen to travel to County Roscommon because in the referendum three years earlier on same-sex marriage this most religiously conservative of Ireland’s 26 counties had alone voted in favour, albeit by the slimmest of margins, to keep the status quo. In February I spoke with around a dozen women most, if not all, practising Catholics. All of them, by degrees, stated that they would be voting to repeal the 8th; all of them stated that they were........

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