Magazine June 25, 2018, Issue

Ireland Repeals the Eighth

A celebration following the result of the abortion referendum, Dublin, Ireland, May 26, 2018 (Max Rossi/Reuters)
And continues its transformation away from Catholicism

America partly inspired the Eighth Amendment to Ireland’s constitution. And so it is fitting that pro-life Americans should note its passing. Shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court discovered a right to privacy in the 1965 case Griswold v. Connecticut, an Irish supreme court, in 1974, discovered a previously unknown right to “family privacy” in the Irish constitution. Both worked to facilitate the sale or use of contraception. The Griswold precedent was important to deciding Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion. Anti-abortion activists in Ireland could sense what was coming if they did not act.

And so they endeavored to run around

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