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DUBLIN (ChurchMilitant.com) - After legalizing abortion last week, Ireland is considering banning pro-lifers from praying outside of abortion mills.
The May 25 referendum saw 66 percent of the Emerald Isle's 2.15 million voters throwing their support behind the killing of unborn children. Pro-abortion politicians are now weighing in ways to prevent pro-lifers from ministering to women outside of abortuaries.
Health Minister Simon Harris is seeking to create "buffer" zones to shield abortion-seeking women from "abusive or offensive images," which are nothing more than images of unborn babies. The proposed legislation will form part of those laws being considered to legalize abortion for any reason up to 12 weeks of pregnancy.
The Eighth Amendment declared that "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."
Doctor Eamon McGuinness, past chairman of the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, told The Irish Times in April that the Eighth Amendment "prevents Irish doctors from deliberately, as an elective matter, causing the death of an unborn child. It awards to the child in the womb the right to have their life protected in Irish hospitals."
People with disabilities and their families warned that the decriminalization of abortion could result in a spike in the number of terminations owing to Down syndrome and fetal abnormalities.
"'Kill' is such a horrible word, it's such a nasty word, but how else do I describe taking a life before its natural end, that someone could choose to end another person's life that is a human, maybe a small human, but still, nonetheless, a human?" said Anne Mulligan, an Irish mother who has a daughter with Down syndrome.