US Billionaires Funding the Push for Abortion In Ireland

The US Billionaires funding the push for abortion in Ireland

Ireland’s experience in banning abortion is hugely important for the  global pro-life community. That’s because our record proves that we best  serve mothers and babies when our laws protect unborn human life.  Ireland is the example pro-life activists the world over can point to,  because the Irish experience shows that abortion is never necessary.

The abortion industry is, of course, particularly discomfited by the  fact that, according to the United Nations, Ireland, without recourse to  abortion, is the safest place in the world for a mother to have a baby.  And Irish medical experts have testified that their experience shows  abortion is not needed to preserve the lives of mothers – whatever  conditions arise during pregnancy.

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Chuck Feeney

Little wonder, then, that enormous global pressure is being brought  to bear on Ireland right now. However, most people would be surprised to  hear that the push to legalise abortion in Ireland is being funded by  wealthy Americans: with funding coming from billionaires George Soros  and Chuck Feeney, and from multinationals like Microsoft and Goldman  Sachs through donations to legal centres supporting Planned Parenthood.

The most recent legal attack on Ireland’s pro-life laws was a court  case – the ABC case – taken to the European Court of Human Rights. The  court case was sponsored by the Irish Family Planning Association, the  Irish affiliate to International Planned Parenthood. The lead attorney  in the case, Julie Kay, has worked for both Planned Parenthood and the  Legal Momentum Fund – which works to make abortion legal.

The US based Legal Momentum Fund enjoys massive funding, with  multinationals like JP Morgan, Goldman Sachs, Pfizer and others helping  them to raise almost €8 million in 2008 alone. Their Annual Report for  that year describes Kay as a Senior Staff Attorney and reveals its  involvement in planning the ABC case. Also supporting Kay with the ABC  case was the US Centre for Reproductive Rights – a legal centre  headquartered on Wall Street. Their 2010 Annual Report shows income for  that year at $18 million with donations from the Ford Foundation,  Google, Microsoft and others. The Centre boasts in the same report of  their involvement in ‘fighting’ Ireland’s pro-life laws.

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It is difficult for local pro-life advocates to match such lavish  funding, especially when additional resources for abortion campaigns  also comes from wealthy individuals, such as Chuck Feeney, the American  billionaire. Feeney made the headlines in Ireland recently when it was  announced that he had given €1,500,000 to ensure a ‘Yes’ vote to a  forthcoming referendum on children’s rights. But the billionaire has  given millions to organisations pushing for social change in Ireland for  a decade or more. For example, according to the website of his  foundation Atlantic Philantrophies, he has funded the Irish Council for  Civil Liberties (ICCL) to the tune of some $7.7 million dollars.

The ICCL has long been an advocate of legalising abortion in Ireland,  but recently it caused major controversy when it claimed it had the  support of major Catholic charities for a report it put together to  submit to the United Nations which contained a strong call for abortion  legislation.

The report, entitled ‘Rights Now’, cost a whopping $190,000 to  produce and was funded entirely by Feeney’s foundation. It said that “By  restricting abortion, the [Irish] State disproportionately interferes  with women’s rights to health, privacy, life, freedom from inhuman or  degrading treatment and non-discrimination”. The ICCL claimed that major  Catholic organisations such as the development aid charity Trócaire  supported the contentious report, but in a major embarrassment for the  Feeney-sponsored lobbyists, Trócaire and other charities withdrew  support when the Life Institute raised a controversy regarding the call  for abortion.

However, the ICCL report encouraged other countries to attack  Ireland’s ban on abortion at the subsequent UN hearing in Geneva. What’s  also interesting is that, without Feeney’s support, the ICCL would  hardly exist since it receives almost no support from the members of the  public. For example, in 2009 the organisation only managed to raise €  8,822 in donations from the Irish people, but received more than €2  million from Feeney’s foundation the following year.

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George Soros

Feeney has also given more than $1,000,000 to the National Women’s  Council of Ireland, who last month launched a drive to lobby politicians in support of abortion legislation.

As if that wasn’t enough, there are also other massively wealthy  figures funding the push for abortion in Ireland. George Soros, the New  York based investor billionaire, gave €100 million to the self-styled  rights organisation, Human Rights Watch (HRW) , in 2010 – the same year  that the outfit visited Ireland to attack that country’s ban on  abortion. HRW slammed the Irish government in a document provocatively  titled “A State of Isolation: Access to Abortion for Women in Ireland,”  and demanded that “immediate steps” be taken “toward decriminalizing all  abortion for women living in Ireland”. The document even suggested that  the authorities do more to shift public opinion towards abortion.

The funding being lavished on abortion campaigners amounts to  unwarranted and unwanted interference in Ireland’s affairs in a bid to  smash the pro-life ethos that protects both mothers and babies. Two  decades of persistent public engagement and education has maintained  Ireland’s pro-life majority, and, in that time, abortion campaigners  have failed to win the necessary public support to build momentum for  abortion legislation. But they are now openly availing of the massive  global funding being made available to efforts to overturn Ireland’s  pro-life laws. As in many other jurisdictions, since they cannot get the  people to agree with abortion, they want to use the courts and the  massive wealth and power of a tiny elite minority to foist abortion on  the nation.

We need to work and pray to ensure that they will not succeed. And we  can begin by telling Chuck Feeney, George Soros, Goldman Sachs and  others to stop funding the push for abortion in Ireland.

Please email or call the following to respectfully request that they stop funding abortion campaigns in Ireland.


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