HLI Laments Irish Vote Repealing the 8th Amendment

Gestational Age Act FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 26, 2018

Irish Contact:

Lisa O’Hare, HLI Ireland Media Liaison –  lisa@humanlife.ie

USA Contact:

Deborah M. Piroch, Director of Public Relations – dpiroch@hli.org

(Front Royal, VA and Knock, Ireland) – Human Life International joins with pro-lifers in Ireland and all over the world in mourning the “yes” vote in yesterday’s referendum, which has overturned the Eighth Amendment, allowing legislation to legalize abortion, thus condemning hundreds of thousands of Irish babies to death in coming decades. As the “Save the 8th” campaign has now conceded defeat, on this tragic occasion we issue this statement by HLI President Fr. Shenan J. Boquet.

“Ireland was a beacon for the West, indeed the entire world, enshrining and upholding the life of both the mother and her pre-born child. Now she has abandoned her defense of women and nascent life and gone astray as we are told “provision [will] be made by law for the regulation of termination of pregnancies.” There is something exceptionally frightening about the step to legalize child-killing. It constitutes something of a point of no return, a conclusive commitment to a diabolical inversion of values. This is a poison that enters the veins of a nation, polluting every element of public life, jeopardizing its very future.

Ireland has so much to offer the world and is in urgent need of our prayers. One third of the population at last count voted in favor of keeping the Eighth Amendment; we are grateful to those who courageously stood up in defense of women and pre-born children. However, while we recognize the anti-life juggernaut will not give up the fight to deepen its grasp upon the Irish people and further its agenda, pro-lifers must likewise continue to tirelessly work to restore justice for the pre-born child and secure the right to life for every person, as well as pray unceasingly for a nation scarred by division.

Now, more than ever, Ireland needs the Gospel: it needs Christ’s admonitions to ‘do unto others’ as we would have them do unto us; it needs the example and intercession of the great Irish saints, who rejected the allure of the world for Christ; it needs that spirit of Irish independence that has defied the spirit of Moloch for so many decades, that stood up for the weakest and most vulnerable. Ireland, land of St. Patrick, stand and hold fast to the Faith. We beg Christ today to surround you with his protection, and draw you back to His heart.”


About Fr. Shenan J. Boquet

Fr. Shenan J. Boquet has served as president of Human Life International since 2011. He was ordained in 1993 as a priest of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux, Louisiana. As HLI’s president, Fr. Boquet collaborates with fellow laborers in the pro-life and family movement in over 80 countries, offering the Sacraments, giving seminars and trainings, appearing on numerous media outlets, and encouraging people of all walks of life to live as faithful advocates for a Culture of Life and Love. He is available for interviews and bookings on behalf of HLI by emailing hli@hli.org.


  1. Carol Avian on May 26, 2018 at 4:51 PM

    Dear HLI staff,
    Thanks for your article. In the days prior to this vote, main stream media reports seemed to focus on abortion as health care, and one man was saying that with this vote that Irish women don’t have to leave the country to get health care. Ireland is one of those demographic winter countries, suggesting that many women in Ireland already have had abortions. Some things that I keep in mind with all of this culture of death are:
    1. One grandmother at a local parish years ago said to me that when people do something wrong, they want everybody in the whole wide world to do it wrong with them.
    2. Simply upholding “majority rules” is tyranny, because it fails to uphold minority rights.
    3. Exodus 23:2 commands us not to hold up the example of the many doing wrong and call it right.
    4. St. Augustine said that what’s wrong is wrong even if everybody is doing it and what’s right is right even if nobody is doing it.
    5.The four last things remain: death, judgement, heaven, hell, but from what I’ve seen on school websites, Church teaching in Catholic schools in Europe as well as in North America has been suppressed for a long time. Please see Catholic Scriptures, Catechism of the Catholic Church, Papal and Church Council documents, and lives and writings of the saints, for more information on Sacraments (including Sacrament of Reconciliation or Confession), prayer and Church teaching on faith and morals.
    6. History has taught us repeatedly that moral collapse precedes financial and physical collapse of nations and civilizations.
    7. Maybe Ireland needs more post-abortion healing programs, and attention to fatherless families.
    Thanks for your consideration.
    In caritate Christi,
    Mrs. Richard Avian (Carol Avian)

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