Just 49 days to go to Ireland’s referendum on abortion on May 25th when voters decide whether to repeal / remove the pro-life 8th amendment to the constitution which gives equal protection to mother and child, or to keep it.
International Planned Parenthood, the umbrella body for abortion providers worldwide, seeks through its affiliates here, to introduce an extremely liberal abortion regime to Ireland. The Irish government is campaigning for a no questions asked unrestricted medical abortion regime to 12 weeks. Until recently, they proposed abortions with no upper limits i.e. to birth on mental / physical risk grounds with a two doctor model approach similar to the U.K. (the U.K. mental health risk ground has been responsible for 98% of almost 9 million UK social abortions to date and the two doctor UK model has been dispensed with long ago, with most abortions signed off on by doctors who do not see the woman until in theatre: please see our previous posts on this).
Last trimester Ban or is it? Because of a recent drop in support in opinion polls, the Irish government cynically dropped the ‘no upper limit’ ……ahem….limit and now propose a ban on abortions above 24 weeks of pregnancy / viability. Exceptions to the new limit proposed include serious maternal life and health risks and fetal life limiting conditions, where babies may be still be aborted to birth. How ‘serious’ will be defined as opposed to mental and physical health risks for mid-trimester abortions is unclear but reassurances are given that babies will not be left to die.
Zero legal protection: In any case if the 8th amendment goes / is repealed, there remains zero legal protection for the Irish unborn to birth following a recent Irish supreme court decision that stripped any remaining rights other than the right to life enshrined in the 8th. Recent attempts by the Irish government’s 2nd in command, Tánaiste Simon Coveney, to prevent further liberalisation of current government proposals including a possible reversion to the original ‘no upper limit’ scenario, failed miserably in the Irish parliament or ‘Dáil’ this past week on the grounds of being unconstitutional. Thus the door will be left wide open to this or future governments acting as they will. Having said that, a constitutional lawyer here has intimated that the total lack of constitutional protection to birth without the 8th in place, might permit a situation to unfold where any limitations in place could be challenged with nothing to underpin them.
A thorn in the side for years: International planned parenthood’s juggernaut, has targeted Ireland’s pro-life laws for many years describing the 8th amendment as the ‘jewel in the crown’ for the pro-life movement in general. This targeting despite Ireland having one of the lowest maternal mortality rates in the world without abortion.
Money is involved at many levels. Consider the revenue of Planned Parenthood America in 2016 which was 1.4 billion US dollars alone. Consider yesterday’s post on major abortion provider Marie Stopes U.K.’s bonus driven culture; (calling back women who’d already refused abortions to offer later appointments as a sales target) and consider today’s post on the flooding of Irish pro-abortion organisations with funds, accepted illegally. With a view to not only repealing the 8th amendment, but to specifically target any remaining countries with restrictive abortion laws including Poland and Malta….
THIS POST IS IN TWO PARTS:
(1): SR BRIEGE MCKENNA’S MASS APPEAL: FOR THE 8TH:
(2): TODAY’S POST: PRO-ABORTION MONEY TRAIL….OTHER COUNTRIES TO FOLLOW…
(1): SR BRIEGE MCKENNA’S MASS APPEAL:
FOR MASSES FOR IRELAND AND TO KEEP THE PRO-LIFE 8TH AMENDMENT.
Everyday, we promote Sr. Briege McKenna’s appeal for Masses to be said privately or publicly in parishes in reparation for Ireland’s turning from God and for protection of the 8th amendment. There is nothing greater than the Mass. (Sr. Briege has a worldwide apostolate of intercession for priests and healing ministry). In August last year in the Marian shrine, Knock, Ireland, she said, ‘if Ireland votes for abortion, Ireland is lost.’
Can you, with other parishioners organise one or more Masses / half-days / days of prayer with medically safe fasting in your parish between now and May 25th? Please let us know about your parish event or if you are going to have a Mass said privately by emailing us at: firstname.lastname@example.org or go to our website:www.massandfastforireland.com/contact
Please consider getting Masses said locally where ever you are or through the following:
(a): Aide to the Church in Need (Ireland): A.C.N. is an international organisation that helps the mission of the Church in some of the poorest and most dangerous places in the world……http://www.acnireland.org/masses or call 018377516 (0035318377516)
(b): Human Life International Ireland, a pro-life and family, catholic organisation, have a 1000 Mass campaign for protection of the unborn and reparation for Ireland’s turning from God…https://humanlife.ie/1000masses/community/add
(2): TODAY’S POST: PRO-ABORTION MONEY TRAIL:
OTHER COUNTRIES TO FOLLOW…
Wealthy abortion backers could use Ireland as a model to change pro-life laws in other Catholic countries, an apparent leaked three-year plan for George Soros’ Open Society Foundations suggests.
“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,” the document says.
It also cites support for pro-abortion efforts in Mexico, Zambia, Nigeria, and Tanzania, and other parts of Latin America and Europe. The document particularly targets constitutional protections for the right-to-life from conception.
The New York-based Open Society Foundations’ proposed 2016-2019 strategy for its Women’s Rights Program appears to be among the documents published by the website DCLeaks.com. The website claims the documents are from the globally influential foundations begun by billionaire financier George Soros. In 2015 Forbes magazine estimated Soros’ net wealth at $24.5 billion, ranking him the sixteenth wealthiest man in the U.S.
One of the program’s three themes is enabling access to legal abortion, including through efforts to repeal Ireland’s Eighth Amendment to its constitution.
The amendment, passed by voters in 1983, 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.”
The Open Society Foundations’ apparent strategy proposal says that it will fund the Abortion Rights Campaign, Amnesty International Ireland, and the Irish Family Planning Association “to work collectively on a campaign to repeal Ireland’s constitutional amendment granting equal rights to an implanted embryo as the pregnant woman (referred to as ‘fetal personhood’).”
Cora Sherlock, deputy chairperson of the Ireland group the Pro-Life Campaign, reflected on the strategy document.
“This is devastating news if true,” Sherlock told CNA. “One thing is certain. Those pushing abortion in Ireland have vast resources that they didn’t have just a few years ago. The money is not being raised from ordinary Irish citizens. That is for sure.”
“The idea that an outside body would fund and organize groups in Ireland to dismantle Ireland’s protection for the unborn child would represent a gross interference and total contempt for the Irish people.”
She said it is “extremely difficult” for Irish pro-life advocates to compete, given the funding for efforts to repeal Ireland’s Eighth Amendment. She called on the pro-abortion groups named in the document to clarify their relationship to the alleged funding.
“It is not a surprise that international pro-abortion groups are trying to impose their agenda on Ireland,” she said. “Ireland’s excellent record of safety in pregnancy for women without recourse to abortion is a major source of embarrassment to abortion campaigners as it completely undermines their argument that abortion somehow helps women.”
She praised Ireland’s constitutional protections for the unborn.
“Thousands of Irish citizens are alive today thanks to this law,” Sherlock said. “In addition to this, Ireland has demonstrated that it’s possible to ban abortion and also be a world leader in protecting the lives of pregnant women.”
The alleged Soros foundations’ proposed strategy to fight the Republic of Ireland’s pro-life law says the recent legalization of same-sex marriage in Ireland offers “valuable and timely opportunities to advance the campaign.”
Its next three years of activity are intended to pilot strategies to “stem, mitigate and reverse the tide of fetal personhood laws and constitutional amendments” and to generate “a robust set of organizations advancing and defending sexual and reproductive rights and injecting new thinking/strategy into the field.”
A spokesperson for the Open Society Foundations did not comment on the specific document, but told CNA that a number of internal documents were published “after being removed from an online community that served as a resource for our staff, board members, and partners across the world.”
“In some cases, the materials reflect big-picture strategies over several years from within the Open Society Foundations network, which supports human rights and the rule of law in more than 100 countries around the world.
“The Open Society Foundations work in many countries to promote full and equal rights for women, including sexual and reproductive autonomy,” the spokesperson continued, characterizing the incident as an apparent symptom of “an aggressive crackdown on civil society and human rights activists that is taking place globally.”
“We stand by our work and are proud to support all our grantees,” the spokesperson said.
The alleged strategy document appears to provide a window on the foundations’ other funded projects and its larger goals.
It pledges support for the Mexican pro-abortion group El Grupo de Información en Reproducción Elegida (GIRE). It acknowledges current support for the International Women’s Health Coalition, the Center for Reproductive Rights, National Advocates for Pregnant Women, and Women on Web.
It plans to fund the Center for Human Rights at the University of Pretoria in South Africa, citing the work of academic Charles Ngwena on the subject of reproductive rights and the law. It aims to encourage a partnership between this center and the Open Society Initiative of Southern Africa spinoff the Southern Africa Litigation Center to provide internship or fellowship placement for students.
The document criticizes large donors in women’s rights like the Gates Foundation, the U.S. government, and a number of corporations for allegedly focusing on “individual empowerment” that serves development goals.
“The handful of donors that do support structural transformation of political and economic systems have comparatively fewer resources,” the document says.
According to the document, the Women’s Rights Program characterizes itself as “a small program in a foundation that encourages risk taking and backing new issues, actors, and strategies.”
“Our distinctive role is to take on the controversial issues avoided by other larger donors, particularly on women’s sexuality and reproduction,” it says.
The document says the program is different from most donors because it can work with “a network of locally-staffed foundations in over 40 countries and seven regions” that has “a deep knowledge of local context, opportunities, and frontline actors.” The Open Society Foundations’ network allows the program “to make cross-country/regional connectionism,” it says.
The alleged strategy document also has other focuses of concern, such as maternal mortality, the treatment of pregnant women, child marriage, violence, access to economic resources and drug policy.
In addition to the theme of “sexual and reproductive rights,” the strategy also includes goals like economic justice and the strengthening of women’s rights organizations and movements.
However, these goals are linked to abortion advocacy.
“We see these goals as interconnected, because in order for women to take their full place as citizens, they must be able to control their bodies, have a level of economic security that enables public participation, and have the ability to advocate for themselves,” the document says.
The foundations’ supported feminist groups include the FRIDA fund and the Mexico-based El Closet de Sor Juana. Its Eurasia Program also targets Eastern Europe, the South Caucuses and Central Asia.
The goal of the 2016-2019 funding period is to “develop or deepen national level strategies pushing for accountability in commitments to women’s rights,” to develop a “deeper bench” of women’s rights organizations that can undertake efforts on the national level; and to identify “a new generation of leaders to infuse energy into the field while building on the success of the past,” according to the leaked document.
Some security experts say DCLeaks.com has the hallmarks of Russian intelligence, Bloomberg News reports. The Open Society Foundations reported a security breach to the FBI in June. A security firm investigation reportedly found the intrusion was limited to an intranet system used by the foundations’ board members, staff and foundation partners.
The above article is from the following Catholic News Agency report: