By Dave Andrusko
It’s no secret that multi-billionaire George Soros is up to his eyeballs in funding pro-abortion organizations and attempting to tear down pro-laws around the world, particularly those of Catholic countries.
We’ve written many times about the global pro-abortion campaign to overturn Ireland’s pro-life laws. Now Kevin Jones, writing for the Catholic News Agency (CAN), offers a detailed account of Soros’ involvement, based on what Jones calls “an apparent leaked three-year plan for George Soros’ Open Society Foundations.”
The OSF proposed 2016-2019 strategy for its Women’s Rights Program “appears to be among the documents published by the website DCLeaks.com,” Jones writes. Evidently the intent is to use the campaign against Ireland as a model to undercut other pro-life laws.
“With one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the world, a win there could impact other strongly Catholic countries in Europe, such as Poland, and provide much needed proof that change is possible, even in highly conservative places,” the document says.
It also cites support for pro-abortion efforts in Mexico, Zambia, Nigeria, and Tanzania, and other parts of Latin America and Europe. The document particularly targets constitutional protections for the right-to-life from conception.
“One of the program’s three themes is enabling access to legal abortion, including through efforts to repeal Ireland’s Eighth Amendment to its constitution,” Jones explains.
Passed in 1983, the Eighth Amendment says, “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.”
According to the document, the OSF’s
apparent strategy proposal says that it will fund the Abortion Rights Campaign, Amnesty International Ireland, and the Irish Family Planning Association “to work collectively on a campaign to repeal Ireland’s constitutional amendment granting equal rights to an implanted embryo as the pregnant woman (referred to as ‘fetal personhood’).”
According to Jones, quoting from the leaked document,
Its next three years of activity are intended to pilot strategies to “stem, mitigate and reverse the tide of fetal personhood laws and constitutional amendments” and to generate “a robust set of organizations advancing and defending sexual and reproductive rights and injecting new thinking/strategy into the field.”
Jones went to Cora Sherlock, deputy chairperson of the Ireland group the Pro-Life Campaign, for her comments.
“This is devastating news if true,” Sherlock told CNA in August 2016. “One thing is certain. Those pushing abortion in Ireland have vast resources that they didn’t have just a few years ago. The money is not being raised from ordinary Irish citizens. That is for sure.”
“The idea that an outside body would fund and organize groups in Ireland to dismantle Ireland’s protection for the unborn child would represent a gross interference and total contempt for the Irish people.”
She said it is “extremely difficult” for Irish pro-life advocates to compete, given the funding for efforts to repeal Ireland’s Eighth Amendment. She called on the pro-abortion groups named in the document to clarify their relationship to the alleged funding.
“It is not a surprise that international pro-abortion groups are trying to impose their agenda on Ireland,” she said. “Ireland’s excellent record of safety in pregnancy for women without recourse to abortion is a major source of embarrassment to abortion campaigners as it completely undermines their argument that abortion somehow helps women.”