After approving homosexual marriage in 2015, the Irish voted on May 25, 2018, for the 8th Amendment, the constitutional barrier that forbade abortion, to be repealed.
“Thank you to everyone who voted today. Democracy in action. It’s looking like we will make history tomorrow,” declared the Centrist Prime Minister of Ireland, Leo Varadkar, who had campaigned for a “yes” vote, on the evening of May 25.
Even before the publication of the final results, the first estimates announced a 68 or 69% win for the “yes” votes, with a margin of error of only a few points. Indeed, on May 26, 2018, the final results published around 7:00 p.m. confirmed these estimates: 66.4% “yes” votes, and 33.6% “no’s”, with a record participation of 64.13%.
With these sad results, the Varadkar administration has all power to elaborate a new bill that, once voted in by the Parliament, will authorize abortion during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, and the first 24 weeks when it is for health reasons.
Ireland’s resounding “yes” highlights the decline in the influence of the Catholic Church, greatly undermined by the media that made good use of the abuse of minors scandals that have struck the religious institution. Not to mention the massive means employed by the “yes” campaign, with the rally of artists and idols on the eve of the vote, and the filtering of pro-life publicity on social networks, etc.
All of this goes to show the fracture between generations in Irish society. The Irish Times explained that people over the age of 65 were the only ones to vote mostly “no” to abortion – about 60% - whereas the other age groups voted “yes”, especially people between 18 and 24, almost 90% of whom voted “yes”. A sign that the transmission of the Catholic Faith and morals has been absent for a few generations – those since Vatican Council II that adapted the Church to the world, and those since May 1968, that liberalized the world, letting it fall into licentiousness and the refusal of God and His Commandments.
In three months, Pope Francis will visit Ireland for the World Meeting of Families: there he will find an increasingly secularized society, corrupted because of its apostacy. Only the words of the Faith can enlighten intelligences that have gone astray.