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Pressure mounts on Ireland to scrap its foolish abortion ban

Pressure mounts on Ireland to scrap its foolish abortion ban

Two women have travelled from Ireland to the UK in order to get an abortion, and to protest and highlight the fact that abortion is illegal in the Republic of Ireland.

According to this report, the pair recorded their journey on a Twitter account, TwoWomenTravel, posting photos and updates of their journey by plane, train, and taxi.

The account of the journey was set up in solidarity with the many other Irish women who are forced to make the same journey every year.

It also supports the campaign to Repeal the 8th Amendment – the amendment which criminalises all abortion in Ireland with the exception of a pregnancy which would result in the mother’s death.

The pair’s story comes just a couple of months after a UN human rights panel said that the country’s restrictive abortion laws are cruel and inhumane, and degrading to women.

Meanwhile, it’s reported here that billionaire George Soros, 86, has incurred the wrath of anti-abortionists by funding organisations seeking to scrap the Irish abortion ban.

A leaked strategy document details how Soros’s Open Society Foundation planned to fund Amnesty International Ireland, the Abortion Rights Campaign and the Irish Family Planning Association.

Through a network of nonprofit groups, Mr. Soros has spent at least $80 million on the legalization effort since 1994, when he diverted a portion of his foundation’s funds to organizations exploring alternative drug policies, according to tax filings.

It was reported in 2014 that, through a network of non-profit groups, Soros had spent at least $80 million since 1994 in an effort to legalise cannabis in the US.

Cora Sherlock, of The Pro Life Campaign said:

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.

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.

The three organisations confirmed they had received grants from the foundation.

In the leaked strategy document, the foundation said it would fund the three Irish organisations:

To work collectively on a campaign to repeal Ireland’s constitutional amendment granting equal rights to an implanted embryo as the pregnant woman.

The document continued:

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 recent legalisation of same-sex marriage offers valuable and timely opportunities to advance the campaign.

Amnesty International Ireland said the funding it received from the foundation amounted to €137,000 over two years.

Philanthropic foundations have always been an important source of funding for human rights work, both here in Ireland and globally. Amnesty International Ireland applied for and received funding from the Open Society Foundation to part fund our campaign on sexual and reproductive rights.

The Irish Family Planning Association said it received a support grant of €132,500 from the foundation.

The funding will be used to support the IFPA’s long-standing advocacy to advance sexual and reproductive health and rights in Ireland.

The Abortion Rights Campaign did not disclose the amount of funding it received, but said it would be disclosed in its financial statements.

Hungarian-American businessman and philanthropist Soros (86) is among the 30 wealthiest people in the world, with an estimated fortune of €22bn. He is thought to have donated almost €10bn to various causes in recent decades.

15 responses to “Pressure mounts on Ireland to scrap its foolish abortion ban”

  1. Vanity Unfair says:

    On the other hand, isn’t it wonderful that the governments of Northern Ireland and the Republic can work together toward a common goal?
    Well. in this case as the goal is to ruin women’s lives, no.
    George Soros? Didn’t he nearly bring down the UK economy in 1992 and make a milliard (10^9) pounds out of it? Perhaps he has changed but most of his deals seem to be about the same sort of (completely legal) manipulations.
    I feel another attack of cynicism coming on.

  2. Broga says:

    Cora Sherlock, of The Pro Life Campaign, is concerned that an outside body is active in an issue relating to Ireland. I suppose if the outside body is the Vatican then being active in Ireland is acceptable.

  3. Neil says:

    Cora Sherlock, of The Pro Life Campaign said:
    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.

    An outside body interfering … really? Just like the catholic church then … who infringes human rights with impunity and whose priests rape children whilst receiving protection from criminal prosecution under canon law. The reason the rcc is opposed to abortion is simply to ensure a supply of children for the sexual gratification of the priests who view the children as sexual playthings as their rightful compensation for poor pay and celibacy. And everyone knows this to be true.

  4. L.Long says:

    “concerned that an outside body is active ”
    Well there may not be all that many intelligent people in ireland so out side help is needed??? Obviously the gov’mint and other are delusional and under the bigoted thumb of the rcc!

  5. Trevor Blake says:

    If abortion is legalized in Ireland then there will be fewer children born for Irish clergy to rape. Guess who opposes legalizing abortion in Ireland?

  6. barriejohn says:

    It’s not only the Roman Catholic influence – the Plymouth Brethren and other protestant fanatics are very strong in Ireland (both NI and the Republic), and are quite prepared to bury the hatchet and cooperate with their mortal enemies when it comes to keeping their respective communities living in the Dark Ages, the slaves of superstition and ignorance. They are bullies and bigots, and even as Christian I despised them – think Ian R. K. Paisley and you’ll get the picture. The Mail Online ran an article last night regarding Tom Daley’s disappointing performance in the solo diving competition, and many of the comments (unmoderated, unbelievably) were appalling. I reported several, and also asked what was in their minds if they thought that such an article was not going to be an open invitation to all the homophobes out there; but what I particularly noticed again – and you see it whenever the subjects of abortion and assisted dying come up as well – was just how many of the homophobic comments apparently originated in Ireland. No surprise to me, having endured years of their abusive attitude!

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3750524/Tom-Daley-bombs-Olympics-shockingly-comes-10-metre-diving-semi-final.html?

    PS As with other evangelical groups, there are strong links between the Plymouth Brethren in Ireland and in the United States, with much cross-fertilization of ideas, if not finance, which might well be relevant to this story.

  7. tonye says:

    Barriejohn,

    The DM comments were very immature.

    However I do think Daley has lost his focus, and needs a Rocky 2 moment, go back to basics and win.

  8. barriejohn says:

    @tonye: I think he put too much effort into the preliminary round, where he came first. People are forgetting that if his partner (whom they are saying was “ignored”) had dived as well as he did in the doubles, they would have won that as well, as his diving there was near perfect!

    The odd thing is that most of my comments have not appeared on the Mail site, as they obviously contain some of their prohibited words (which are never actually publicized), but comments relating to bum and bottom, and other ignorant comments relating to “also ran” Tom’s supposed sex life, have all sailed through with no trouble. Incidentally, if any thread is moderated my comments NEVER appear now!

  9. 1859 says:

    If this ‘outside’ help is an ‘attack on democracy’ then this is exactly what the RCC has been doing – especially in Ireland – for decades and decades – stifling, controlling, stymieing and betraying democratic change at every opportunity. And to what end? To maintain its UNdemocratic stranglehold on the Irish people. Hypocrits to a man.

  10. Neil says:

    Not just in Ireland. The rcc is a global crime syndicate. Go look up CONCORDAT and learn how the rcc wanted global political dominance … that it will never get. No religion will, ever, because everyone cannow see how the pious inflict grievous parasitic damage upon humanity. Banish them all to oblivion.

  11. AgentCormac says:

    ‘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. 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.’

    Oh, the irony!

  12. Jobrag says:

    If you think things through the RCC’s opposition to abortion is very illogical. If it had a mission statement part of it would be “getting more souls into heaven”. As the soul of an aborted foetus goes to heaven, it misses the toil of three score years and ten, and the chance of offending God and ending up in hell. The Vatican should have its own abortion clinic!

  13. Stuart H. says:

    Sadly, I think the “antis” are hard at work on the other side of the Irish Sea too at present.
    See https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/aug/19/marie-stopes-suspends-some-abortion-services-over-safety-issues
    for an apparently coincidental crack-down on one of the two major abortion services providers this week.

  14. Lucy says:

    This has been on BBC 4 news, so well done them for getting such excellent publicity.

  15. Peter Sykes says:

    Neil:
    Anyone interested should see:
    http://www.concordatwatch.eu