MAYNOOTH, Ireland (ChurchMilitant.com) - Abortion advocates are illegally distributing abortion pills to promote the repeal of Ireland's strong pro-life law.
On March 7, Maynooth university, about 30 miles west of Dublin, was visited by members and volunteers for Reproductive Rights against Oppression, Sexism and Austerity (ROSA). The group has been traveling across Ireland to distribute abortion pills, which are illegal.
Between March 6 and 8, ROSA's Bus4Repeal toured five Irish universities distributing abortion pills to whoever wanted them.
"We are saying the law needs to change, so we're breaking the law," said Rita Harrold, a spokesperson for ROSA. "The Bus 4 Repeal will be supporting the growing movement for abortion rights around the country with rallies and meetings along the way. We will also be assisting those who cannot travel abroad to access safe, early abortion pills."
Abortion advocates are becoming increasingly vocal in Ireland, which has one of the most pro-life abortion laws in Europe.
Another intention behind the tour is to bring attention to the large pro-abortion rally held in Dublin on March 8 for International Women's Day ― a holiday with socialist beginnings.
Although the purpose of the march in Dublin claimed to be the promotion of women's rights, it was organized by Coalition to Repeal the Eighth Amendment, which is an alliance of about 80 separate pro-abortion groups.
Women walked about 2 kilometers from the Garden of Remembrance to the Irish Parliament chanting slogans like "Not the Church, not the State, women must decide their fate."
That same day some women also took the day off from work for the Strike4Repeal movement.
ROSA conducted the distribution as a way to criticize Ireland's pro-life Eighth Amendment, which "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."
The Eighth Amendment was added to the Irish Constitution in 1983 to reinforce an 1861 law called the Offenses Against the Person Act, which forbade abortion. It was passed by a 67-percent majority in the Irish Parliament and enjoyed considerable support by Irish Catholic bishops.
As recently as December 2016, however, efforts have been made to repeal the law. Billionaire George Soros with his Open Societies Foundation, Amnesty International and the Center for Reproductive Rights — all foreign organizations ― have been funding efforts to repeal pro-life laws in Catholic countries like Poland and Ireland, where large protests have been taking place calling for wider access to abortion.
Currently women in Ireland seeking abortions must travel to Great Britain to kill their unborn children, a practice abortion advocates accuse of being "anti-woman."