The Irish Aren’t Having Enough Babies, But They Legalized Abortion Anyway

A woman casts her vote in the referendum on the 8th Amendment of the Irish Constitution, in Dublin, Ireland, Friday May 25, 2018.

By Published on June 2, 2018

Ireland isn’t having enough kids to ensure it will be able to replace its population in the long run, but the nation voted in May to legalize abortion anyway.

Ireland’s Central Statistics Office (CSO) reported that Irish women are having an average of 1.8 children altogether. That number sits below 2.1 children per woman, which is the number of children Irish women would need to have in order to replace the population.

Women had 62,053 babies in 2017, marking a 1,844-decrease in babies born from 2016, according to the Independent.

Where Ireland’s birth rate used to sit at 16.1 per every thousand women aged 15 to 49 in 2007, that rate has fallen to 12.9 per thousand of child-bearing age women. The average age of women having their first child has risen to 31 years old. The marriage rate has also fallen 0.2 percent since 2016.

Despite the falling population, the Irish electorate voted 66.4 percent to 33.6 percent to repeal the Eight Amendment, results showed on May 26. The vote came after swaths of Irish, many of whom had traveled across international waters to return home in order to cast their ballots, headed to the booths May 25 to affirm or reject their commitment to protecting life.

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Women in Ireland can now abort their unborn babies up until the third month in pregnancy. Between the third and sixth month of pregnancy, abortion is permitted only in the presence of fatal fetal abnormalities or if the mother’s life is threatened.

“Ireland will now join that sad community of nations who throw away irreplaceable human beings through abortion on demand,” Students for Life of America (SFLA) President Kristan Hawkins said in a Saturday press release after Ireland’s vote.

They are “saddened that the people of Ireland have paved the way for abortion on demand in their country,” Americans United for Life (AUL) president Catherine Glenn Foster also said Saturday.

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  • Andrew Mason

    As I’ve said elsewhere, European nations are making a rod for their own back. They’ve discouraged women from being mothers, Ireland is now encouraging women to kill their children, and the only way to replenish the population is to import people. According to some older figures roughly a third of mothers are unwed, and a further quarter are foreign born. It’s possible that less than half of all children are now born into pure Irish families. Most non-Irish residents are from either the UK or the EU, but there are tens of thousands of Muslims, Asians, and Africans now residing in the country and their proportion of the population will only rise in the future.

    • Albion

      Like under the British, the Irish will no longer be masters of their own land with people from Third World countries flooding in to fill the demographic deficit.

      • Andrew Mason

        Pretty much. The thing is some Irish hate the English because of their historical loss of control over their own land, and yet they’re now actively working to lose control again. It’s a paradox, albeit one common to all of what was once Christendom.

        • Albion

          The problem is that centuries of English/British colonialism has instilled in many Irish people an inferiority complex. The Irish think that just because bigger and wealthier nations have become post-Christian, homo-compliant and accepting of abortion, they ought to follow their examples by taking these attributes even further. It is as if, through the referendum, they are trying to tell the British, “Look at us! You can no longer look down on us as you did before. We are no longer this backward, poverty-stricken and priest-ridden Catholic backwater on the edge of Europe! We have proved ourselves to be as advanced as you, if not more so, because, unlike you, we have introduced same-sex marriage and abortion by referendum, not by votes in Parliament.”

  • Albion

    Ireland has joined the rest of Europe in a suicide pact for the sake of personal and instant gratification.

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