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Irish society has lost its heart and soul

SIR – Tears filled my eyes as I prayed the rosary during the result of the Irish referendum. Ireland has made its choice and voted to reject the fundamental right to life of the youngest and most vulnerable human beings. When a society decides to allow the killing of its children for the convenience of adults, it loses its very heart and soul. Ireland was once a world leader in recognising the fundamental right to life of the preborn child and a country with one of the lowest maternal mortality rates. All of this will change now.

In the years to come when abortion statistics are released for Ireland and we see that thousands of preborn children have been needlessly killed, will those who voted Yes hold their heads high and proudly say “I helped to make this happen”? When women die from complications from the abortion procedure will Yes voters hold their heads high and proudly say “I helped to make this happen”? When post-abortive women are suffering from the heartbreaking and horrific impact of abortion on their mental and physical health will Yes voters hold their heads high and say “I helped to make this happen”?

This may sound like scaremongering, but it’s not. All of this is already happening, as we speak, in every other country that has legalised abortion. Ireland is just the latest nation to embrace the culture of death.

As the Save the 8th campaign said in its statement, “What Irish voters did … is a tragedy of historic proportions. However, a wrong does not become right simply because a majority support it.” Human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception. From the first moment of his or her existence, a human being must be recognised as having the rights of a person – among which is the inviolable right of every innocent being to life.

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