On Friday, 25 May 2018, Irish citizens will vote whether they want to repeal the country’s eighth amendment, which recognizes the equal right to life of the mother and the unborn child. Under current law, the practice of abortion in Ireland is illegal, unless the mother’s health is deemed to be endangered. Pro-life Irish citizens are encouraging a ‘no’ vote on the referendum.
The eighth amendment was passed in Ireland in 1983, with upwards of 67 per cent voter-approval. It reads, in part: “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.”
In a video message posted to YouTube, Father Marius O’Reilly appeals to Catholics and Christians around the world to pray for the country of Ireland ahead of the vote, particularly through praying the rosary and offering Masses.
“We can’t allow that to happen. Therefore, I am making an appeal to you today – please come to our assistance. Pray the rosary for Ireland. Please have Masses offered for Ireland,” he said.
Father Marius noted that while other countries have legalised abortion through legislation or court decisions, “Ireland would be the first country in the world where the people would legalize abortion,” he said.
Prayer to Our Lady Of Guadalupe for an end to abortion
Our Lady of Guadalupe, touch the hearts of all women and men contemplating an abortion who feel alone, confused and do not know where to turn…take them to Your Heart.
For those who deceive innocent young girls, teens, women, and men about the effects of having an abortion…take them to Your Heart.
For all unborn children…take them to Your Heart.
For those pressured by others…take them to Your Heart.
For those who believe they do not have a choice…take them to Your Heart.
For those who have had an abortion and are looking for peace…take them to Your Heart.
For fathers of the person in the womb…take them to Your Heart.
For those who perform abortions…take them to Your Heart.
For those who work in abortion hospitals and clinics…take them to Your Heart.
For pharmaceutical companies that produce contraceptives and pills that induce abortions…take them to Your Heart.
For all candidates, elected and appointed officials and judges…take them to Your Heart.
For all United Nations officials…take them to Your Heart.
For countries forced to abort unborn babies in the name of reproductive health care…take them to Your Heart.
For countries that believe abortion is a solution to preventing birth defects…take them to Your Heart.
For corporations that contribute to the abortion industry…take them to Your Heart.
For all Fighting the Good Fight…take them all to Your Heart.
Our Lady of Guadalupe, please hear us as we weep for those sufferings, afflictions and sorrows from abortion…take them all to Your Heart.
We thank You, Dear Blessed Mother, Our Lady of Guadalupe, for your help and the progress made in saving the lives of the unborn.
Join Us for the Mass for Life at The Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Church of the Holy Child & St Joseph, Bedford MK40 1HU on Saturday 26th May 2018 at 2.00pm