This past Saturday, millions of Americans woke up early to watch American actress Meghan Markle walk down the aisle and say “I do” to Prince Harry, a member of the British royal family. It’s easy to get caught up in everything surrounding the royal wedding. We want to know all the details. Who will attend? What will the new duchess be wearing? Who will walk her down the aisle?
I’m the first to admit that I read more than a few articles about their wedding and all of the drama that came with it. (Though, I wasn’t quite willing to wake up at 4:00 AM to watch the festivities from Arizona.)
But there is something even more important than the royal wedding happening across the pond—and it deserves our attention.
On Friday, Ireland is set to vote on whether to keep or repeal the Eighth Amendment to their constitution, which makes abortion illegal except in circumstances where the life of the mother is at risk.
Here’s why you should care: Precious lives lay in the balance.
Currently, Ireland’s Eighth Amendment protects the lives of unborn children: “The State 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.” This provision ensures that both the mother and the unborn child are protected by law in Ireland. Irish maternity care services are among the best in the world, offering excellent care and safety for women, proving that abortion is not necessary, as is often claimed by abortion advocates.
Rather than recognizing the excellent maternal care in Ireland, one of the few nations left that protects unborn lives, Irish abortion activists (backed by the international abortion lobby) are clamoring that their nation follow in our footsteps – the footsteps of a nation who has willfully taken the lives of over 60 million unborn babies since the U.S. Supreme Court legalized abortion in 1973 with the Roe v. Wade decision. Not to mention the fact that the U.S. has some of the most extreme abortion laws, allowing elective abortions after 20 weeks. That puts us among the likes of North Korea and China.
This is one American example that shouldn’t be followed.
While we cannot participate in Ireland’s upcoming vote, there is one thing that we can do.
We can pray.
Please join us in praying that the efforts to repeal the Eighth Amendment are not successful and that the sanctity of life continues to be protected and upheld in Ireland. Pray for the women facing unplanned pregnancies in Ireland: that they would receive the help and hope they need to give their precious babies life. And, finally, pray for the ADF International team members who are on the ground in Ireland helping to promote the sanctity of life.
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