Irish politicians are trying to persuade us that abolishing the 8th Amendment and introducing a law allowing abortion-on-demand would not increase the number of abortions of Irish citizens. This doesn’t make sense.
Don’t laws against assault and murder restrain people from giving way to violent emotions? Don’t laws against theft stop people from shoplifting and worse? If these laws don’t restrain most citizens from criminal acts, then why have them on our law books? Commonsense tells us that laws do two things: they educate us about right and wrong, and they deter us from actions that are known as shameful and carry penalties.
So, what happens when a law banning abortion changes into a law permitting it? In the UK we have a perfect example o what happens.
The Abortion Act was introduced in the UK in 1967 and in the first full year of the new law, the percentage of pregnancies ending in abortion was unchanged, at 2.59 percent of the total number of pregnancies. However, during the first 10 years, that number increased by nearly six times, and the percentage of pregnancies aborted became 15 percent. In the 1980s the number continued its climb, and by 1997 reached 20 percent or one in every five pregnancies.
Despite this, most British people today accept abortion as a normal medical procedure and do not want it to be made illegal. Within 40 years, what was once considered tantamount to a homicide is now treated as health care. Among the younger generation who have never known anything different, a considerable number treat abortion as a form of birth control and for a few a badge of distinction.
In Ireland, despite the prevalence and encouragement of pro-abortion ideas and campaigns in the media, the abortion rate of Irish women travelling to the UK and elsewhere is low. We have one aborted baby for every 12 newborn babies. In the Netherlands it is one in six, in the UK and France it is one in five, and in Sweden it is one in three.
The message is clear: once abortion is made legal, people begin to view it a social necessity and a benefit for women. As this change of opinion takes hold, the number of abortions rises and rises.