U.S. Pro-lifers Respond to Ireland’s Abortion Referendum: “A Profound Tragedy for the Irish People and the Entire World”


May 26, 2018
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SBA List Expresses Sorrow Over “Ireland’s Roe,” Encourages Pro-life Advocates Not to Give Up

Washington, D.C. – Today the national pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) released the following statement in response to the legalization of abortion in Ireland:

“The result of today’s referendum is a profound tragedy for the Irish people and the entire world,” said SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser. “While other Western nations including the United States acquiesced to the extreme abortion lobby, Ireland has been a shining beacon of hope for its strong defense of unborn children and their mothers. Irish pro-life advocates have correctly warned that repealing legal protections for the unborn opens the door to abortion on demand, just as Roe v. Wade did in the United States, which has some of the world’s most permissive abortion laws. We are one of only seven nations that allow abortion for any reason up to the moment of birth. We had dearly hoped the children of Ireland would be spared a similar fate.

“While we are filled with sorrow at this outcome, we are impressed and inspired by the diverse coalition of grassroots pro-life activists who worked so hard to educate voters and save the Eighth Amendment. Their message of ‘Love Both’ resonated with millions of people worldwide. This is only the beginning and we encourage our counterparts in Ireland not to give up. As long as there is a vitally active pro-life movement fighting to protect mothers and save babies’ lives, we believe Ireland’s Roe will one day be overturned and its deep pro-life roots reflected in its laws once again.”

Susan B. Anthony List and its partner super PAC, Women Speak Out spent more than $18 million in the 2016 election cycle, visiting more than 1.1 million homes in battleground states to defeat Hillary Clinton and maintain a pro-life Senate. SBA List is dedicated to pursuing policies and electing candidates who will reduce and ultimately end abortion. To that end, SBA List emphasizes the education, promotion, mobilization, and election of pro-life women. SBA List is a network of more than 630,000 pro-life Americans nationwide. 


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