Only a few decades ago in Ireland Irish women who became pregnant outside of wedlock were shunned by society.
The women were derided and encouraged to give up their children for adoption. We’ve all heard stories of children growing up to discover the person they thought to be their “sister” was in fact their mother, and their parents were in fact their grandparents.
Ireland has undergone profound social change. The inherent dignity and right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness is sacrosanct in the way we think about people.
Regardless of one’s social status or the circumstances of their birth, all have the right to be born.
However, today the cause for equality has reverted back in a most sinister way. Abortion has become the regime’s fake rallying cry for change.
But abortion is inherently discriminatory. Whereas we thought Ireland had moved on from the stigma of ‘illegitimacy’, whereas for years women were encouraged to keep their children without any need for stigma or discrimination, women are now being encouraged to abort their pregnancies.
A lot of hot air about a woman’s “rights to choose” have been let off during this referendum campaign. But we must not forget the rights of the unborn child. We all have fundamental human rights, no matter how young or how old, or how vulnerable.
There is none more vulnerable than the unborn child. Therefore, the duty falls on us – the Irish people – to be their vindicator and to oppose the introduction of unrestricted abortion.