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Pro-lifers claim irregularities in Ireland abortion vote, plan legal challenge
LifeSite News ^ | June 8, 2018 | Dorothy Cummings McLean

Posted on 06/09/2018 5:05:20 PM PDT by ebb tide

DUBLIN, June 8, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – The results of Ireland’s May 26 referendum that repealed the pro-life Eighth Amendment to the Irish Constitution are being challenged in the country’s High Court. 

The pro-abortion “Yes” side won with 66.5% of the vote.

The first challenger, Joanna Jordan of Dublin, has complained that large numbers of potential “No” voters were allegedly deregistered and therefore blocked from casting their ballots. 

In addition, she questioned the unexplained boost to the “Yes” side. Before the day of the referendum, polls indicated that the victory might go to either side. However, the exit polls and the ultimate tally showed that two-thirds of voters voted “Yes”, an unexpected landslide for the pro-abortion side. 

Jordan stated that “evidence is coming in of large numbers of potential No voters who were unable to vote due to de-registering.” These included convents of nuns and residents of nursing homes.

She also alleged that  “thousands of young Irish citizens who were paid to return to vote” were not questioned at polling stations about their time of residency abroad.

Having canvassed for a “No” vote for over 17 weeks, Jordan said most people were inclined towards voting “Yes” until early May when opinions shifted towards the “No” side. This trend continued until May 24, when, she believed, there was only a 2.6% difference in the polls between the two sides. 

“Within 24 hours, the result showed an increase of 20 per cent,” she wrote. “Such a swing is not possible.”

Charles Byrne of Drogheda also complained that many potential No voters, including Poor Claire communities, found their names absent from the register. He alleged that some voters received two polls, that non-citizens had voted, and that in some places ballots for over 100% of eligible voters were counted.   

In addition, Byrne objected to the Referendum Commission’s information campaign, saying that it had misrepresented the nature, bounds and likely results of the repeal. He accused the pro-abortion Taoiseach (Prime Minister or “Chief”) and the Minister of Health of having misinformed the public. He said that Taoiseach and other pro-abortion politicians had falsely stated that the Eighth Amendment, which protects the lives of both mothers and their unborn children, endangered women’s lives. Such statements must have undermined the credibility of No campaigners arguing the opposite.

Abortion is permitted in Ireland when the baby is directly endangering the physical health or life of his or her mother. The Eighth Amendment declared that both mother and baby had an “equal” right to life. It stated: “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.” 

Ireland has one of the lowest rates of maternal death in the world. Between 1985-2015, the Republic’s maternal mortality rate (MMR) was 9. In contrast, the United Kingdom, which has liberal abortion laws, had an MMR of 11. There is no evidence that the Eighth Amendment threatened women’s lives. 

Ciaran Tracey of Leitrim also complained that the Referendum Commission campaign had misled voters.  He also alleged that it had committed a serious omission when it neglected to refer to the decision of the European Court of Human Rights regarding the “D v. Ireland” case. In that battle, an Irishwoman who traveled to Northern Ireland to abort a child with severe disabilities asked the ECHR’s help in making such fetal abnormalities grounds for abortion in the Irish Republic. Her case was dismissed. Tracey believes that omitting the details of that case was crucial in determining the final “Yes” result. 

He stated also that the “Yes” campaign had “played upon” Irish citizen’s natural compassion for women pregnant with severely disabled children.

The petitions will be brought before Mr Justice Peter Kelly on Monday, June 11. 


TOPICS: Apologetics; Catholic; Religion & Culture; Religion & Politics
KEYWORDS: abortion; babykillers; eighthamendment; europeanunion; eussr; fartyshadesofgreen; ireland; joannajordan; unitedkingdom; voterfraud

1 posted on 06/09/2018 5:05:20 PM PDT by ebb tide
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To: ebb tide

Lots of “Yes” votes in the trunks of cars?


2 posted on 06/09/2018 5:09:09 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (Marxism: Wonderful theory, wrong species)
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To: ebb tide

-—In addition, she questioned the unexplained boost to the “Yes” side. Before the day of the referendum, polls indicated that the victory might go to either side. However, the exit polls and the ultimate tally showed that two-thirds of voters voted “Yes”, an unexpected landslide for the pro-abortion side.-—

A contributing factor to this, if not THE reason, is facebook censored any pro life information in the days and hours leading up to the vote. Maybe other social media websites did as well.


3 posted on 06/09/2018 5:16:28 PM PDT by MichaelCorleone (Jesus Christ is not a religion. He's the Truth.)
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To: ebb tide

Check for Soros finger prints.


4 posted on 06/09/2018 5:22:54 PM PDT by Revel
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To: COBOL2Java
Big money (Soros? and others) paid for overseas Irish by the planeload to come back and vote in Ireland. I'd like to see how they were recruited on the USA side. Evidently the extraterritorial Irish voted big for babykilling.

It's likely, I think, that the pro-abort side won --- EVERY political party and ALL the media were pro-abort, and Dublin especially has become horribly, almost demonically anti Faith (and Hope and Love).

But it ought to have been much, much closer.

It's soul-crushing. Seeing the young Irish in the Dublin Castle yard, cheering the death of their own.

To think that 35 years ago still-Catholic Ireland voted almost exactly the opposite: 66.4% for the pro-life constitutional amendment. Could so many really be saying their mothers and fathers, grandmothers and grandfathers, were wrong to defend their right to simply go on living?

5 posted on 06/09/2018 5:25:31 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o ("The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere / The ceremony of innocence is drowned." - Yeats)
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To: ebb tide
Message to challengers:

Do you *really* think that Brussels...or George Soros...will allow the results to be reversed?

6 posted on 06/09/2018 5:30:42 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (You Say "White Privilege"...I Say "Protestant Work Ethic")
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To: ebb tide

**The first challenger, Joanna Jordan of Dublin, has complained that large numbers of potential “No” voters were allegedly deregistered and therefore blocked from casting their ballots. **

Worth investigating!


7 posted on 06/09/2018 5:32:23 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

These people advocate the brutal murder of innocent unborn children. I have no doubt that these cretins would willingly engage in electoral fraud to obtain their nefarious goals.


8 posted on 06/09/2018 5:49:05 PM PDT by littleharbour ("You take on the intel. community they have six ways from Sunday at getting back at you" C. Schumer)
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To: littleharbour

9 posted on 06/09/2018 5:52:18 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: ebb tide

In all things in life, it is remarkable that some in a so called civilized society treats the unborn like a piece of trash and mistake.


10 posted on 06/09/2018 5:52:48 PM PDT by shanover (...To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them.-S.Adams)
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To: littleharbour

Absolutely. They kill. Why wouldn’t they lie?


11 posted on 06/09/2018 6:01:23 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (Do the right thing.)
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To: shanover

Evil’s sole quest is to destroy good.


12 posted on 06/09/2018 6:13:27 PM PDT by Architect of Avalon
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To: ebb tide

Seriously, does anyone doubt that the Prog/Marxist/pro-death/totalitarian contingent would cheat to win? Of course they would. Lying is their native language, and fraud is their stock in trade.


13 posted on 06/09/2018 6:53:12 PM PDT by backwoods-engineer (Enjoy the decline of the American empire.)
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To: ebb tide

Left-wing election fraud? Faith and Begorrrrrrah!


14 posted on 06/09/2018 7:58:26 PM PDT by \/\/ayne (I regret that I have but one subscription cancellation notice to give to my local newspaper.)
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