FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: May 26, 2018
Contact: Leslie Palma
WASHINGTON, DC – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, released the following statement today:
“The referendum in Ireland yesterday took away protection from children in the womb. Those who voted to remove that protection, which was given by the 8th Amendment to the Irish Constitution, have made a grave mistake.
“The referendum itself, of course, is morally illicit. No referendum can remove fundamental rights. We cannot vote as a society to approve slavery, terrorism, or child abuse. Neither does any vote on abortion make it permissible. A nation may fail to recognize the child’s rights, but it cannot remove them.
“The tears of joy that some pro-abortion fanatics have today are a foreshadowing of the tears of grief that will flood the Irish cities and countryside as mothers abort their children. They will find, as we have found in America, that abortion solves no problems, but only creates new ones. Hear for yourselves the voices of these moms, dads and families of our Silent No More Campaign at AbortionTestimonies.com.
“The words of St. John Paul II should echo today across Ireland and the world. Writing in Evangelium Vitae (n. 20) about what happens when a state legalizes abortion, he declared,
“The State is no longer the “common home” where all can live together on the basis of principles of fundamental equality, but is transformed into a tyrant State, which arrogates to itself the right to dispose of the life of the weakest and most defenceless members, from the unborn child to the elderly, in the name of a public interest which is really nothing but the interest of one part. The appearance of the strictest respect for legality is maintained, at least when the laws permitting abortion and euthanasia are the result of a ballot in accordance with what are generally seen as the rules of democracy. Really, what we have here is only the tragic caricature of legality; the democratic ideal, which is only truly such when it acknowledges and safeguards the dignity of every human person, is betrayed in its very foundations: “How is it still possible to speak of the dignity of every human person when the killing of the weakest and most innocent is permitted? In the name of what justice is the most unjust of discriminations practiced: some individuals are held to be deserving of defense and others are denied that dignity?” 16 When this happens, the process leading to the breakdown of a genuinely human co-existence and the disintegration of the State itself has already begun. To claim the right to abortion, infanticide and euthanasia, and to recognize that right in law, means to attribute to human freedom a perverse and evil significance: that of an absolute power over others and against others. This is the death of true freedom.”
“Because this is the case, legislators in Ireland should refuse to pass any measure permitting child-killing, and pro-life citizens should continue to rise up to resist such legislative action and continue to educate their fellow citizens that abortion is nothing other than violence. Priests for Life will continue to assist the pro-life movement in Ireland and worldwide to end this holocaust and to heal the wounded.”
Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit www.priestsforlife.org.