The Irish government is demanding that pro-abortion groups return American billionaire George Soros’ money aimed at overturning Ireland’s abortion ban.
Ireland’s pro-abortion group, Amnesty International, was ordered by the Irish Standards in Public Office Commission (SIPO) to send back a $160,964 donation (137,000 euros) to the Soros-funded Open Society Foundation. The money is designated to fund Amnesty’s “My Body My Rights” campaign that is pushing for the repeal of the island nation’s ban on abortion.
Above the law?
It is reported that Soros’ overseas abortion funding is illegal.
“Ireland’s finance laws bar foreign donors from giving to groups that seek to sway elections or public policy,” WORLD News Service reported, according to ChristianHeadlines.com.
However, Amnesty International Executive Director Colm O’Gorman alleges that the Irish government’s demand to return the pro-abortion funding is out of line.
“[The order is flawed and we] will consider every opportunity to challenge this decision,” O’Gorman claimed, according to WORLD News Service.
O’Gorman’s organization indicated that the decision not to give the funding back had more to do with legal positioning than money.
“Amnesty said the Soros grant accounts for nearly 2.5 per cent of its total annual income, but returning it would set ‘a dangerous precedent,’” the Irish Times reported.
O’Gorman also argues that the pro-life legislation is unconstitutional
“We’re being asked to comply with a law that violates human rights, and we can’t do that,” he told the Times.
The abortion activist’s tactic of playing the “human rights” card to move his abortion push forward has been a frequently used argument by Planned Parenthood and other key groups in the abortion industry, which also uses the term “women’s reproductive rights” to gain sympathizers and forward its global “overpopulation” agenda.
“Ireland is targeting Amnesty International purely for its human rights work,” O’Gorman contended in a Dec. 8 statement, according to the Boston Pilot, mentioning that he would oppose the election funding law.
His organization’s ultimate goal is to repeal the Eighth Amendment to the Republic of Ireland’s constitution – a law acknowledging “the right to life of the unborn and, with due regard to the equal right to life of the mother.” It was passed by voters nearly 35 years ago in 1983.
But O’Gorman is no respecter of the democratic process and insists that the law protecting innocent preborn babies is unjust.
“Amnesty International will not be complying with the instruction from the SIPOC and will deploy every means at its disposal to challenge this unfair law,” O’Gorman added. “[The order is ‘an indefensible attack on human rights defenders’ [and shows the election funding law is a threat to civil society organizations in Ireland].”
Pro-abortion groups are not standing together in their response to the government’s demand.
“The Irish Family Planning Association and Abortion Rights Campaign also received money from the Open Society Foundation,” the WORLD News Service’s Samantha Gobba pointed out. “The Abortion Rights Campaign has already returned its donation, while SIPO is discussing a $150,000 gift the Irish Family Planning Association received.”
The debate rages
The push to legalize abortion in Ireland – a predominantly pro-life Catholic nation – has recently been a hot topic of debate, with major pro-abortion forces, both internally and abroad, working to normalize the lethal practice.
“International funding has played a role in recent pro-abortion efforts to legalize the procedure in Ireland, where abortion is illegal under the Eighth Amendment to the Irish Constitution,” Gobba noted. “A parliamentary committee voted last Wednesday 14–6 to recommend repealing the abortion ban, and Parliament will later decide whether to hold a referendum in the spring.”
Standing for law and life
Life Institute Spokesperson Niamh Ui Bhriain argues that Amnesty International is out-of-bounds in opposing Irish law that bans foreign political funding of abortion – including money from Soros’ Open Society Foundations – which is geared at shooting down Irelands’ abortion restrictions.
“The arrogance they have shown in the past few days on this issue is staggering,” Bhriain told CNA News, according to the Boston Pilot. “They are now trying to argue that they have a ‘human right’ to take money from billionaires to push to have abortion legalization in Ireland, while they also argue that preborn children should not have the most basic human right of all – the right to life.”
She asserted that campaigners for pro-abortion in Ireland have been dependent on millions of dollars in overseas funding to wage their decades-long battle to repeal pro-life legislation.
“It’s made for a very un-level playing field in the abortion debate in Ireland,” Bhriain continued.
She wants to keep Ireland as the bastion and champion of life.
“[Pro-abortion rights campaigners see Ireland as] the jewel in the crown of the pro-life movement,” the Irish-based pro-life activist asserted, according to the Pilot. “[Ireland shows] you don’t need abortion to protect women or to make them safe in pregnancy.”
It was also pointed out that the United Nations gave Ireland the rank of “excellent” for its maternal healthcare – noting that her northern European nation is one of the safest places on Earth to deliver a baby.
“Ireland is proof that we can best serve mother and baby without abortion, and that a compassionate and truly progressive nation rejects the violence of abortion,” Bhriain continued. “That makes us a prime target for the global abortion industry, and, in the next six months, we will see them working night and day to help overturn our pro-life law in this upcoming referendum.”