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“Erin Go Bragh,” the Gaelic for, “Ireland Forever.”

Actually, that’s the corruption of the Gaelic, “Éirinn go Brách.” The term, brách, literally translates as, “until eternity,” or “until the end of time.” This more accurate translation shows the richer Catholic soil from which the sentiment springs. It is less a temporal, here-and-now forever, as it is Ireland sharing in God’s eternity.

“Éirinn go Brách.”

The share in the divine eternal as a reward for the fidelity of a nation to her Sovereign Lord and Master. How quickly it can all change.

This week the Irish Parliament voted 127-31 to legalize some abortions, specifically for women who might otherwise commit suicide. What is stunning is the fact that 60% of the Irish people didn’t want this law, which is certain to become the first in a series leading to unrestricted abortion on demand. Equally certain will be the rise in reported cases of suicidal ideation among pregnant women on the Emerald Isle. Given the scarcity of such ideations prior to the legislation, a 5,000% increase in four years of such “ideations,” will undoubdtedly come to pass, as women will seek to save the money spent on passage to England for their abortions.

If there was always something particularly sinister about the density of English abortion clinics along the shores facing Ireland, it is even more tragic that the Irish Parliament voted so enthuisiastically in favor of beginning the process of taking over the slaughter of Irish babies from the same English who have slaughtered and oppressed them for centuries.

Central to this debate has been the assertion that abortion has become possible only because the Catholic Church has lost its hold on the people of Ireland. It is a point of agreement between both sides in this debate, albeit for different reasons.

The pro-aborts argue that the soul-shattering reports in 2009, regarding sexual abuse, have emptied the churches and cut the people off from the “control” of the clergy.

Not really.

Between 1974 and 2008, Mass attendance in Ireland decreased by 50%. A good amount of this is attributable to the slow secularization of Irish society that gained steam with the prosperity of the Irish economy for the past two decades. This secularization amidst plenty has been most pronounced in the twenty and thirty-somethings. It also mirrors a similar trend in Poland. Once materialism grabs hold, babies become the mortal enemy of the “good life.”

All of this is not to say that the Church has not played a role in the run-up to this week’s tragedy. In a sense, the vote is more symptomatic than causal in nature. Abortion grabs hold when people have a sense of helplessness and hopelessness surrounding their ability to make their way in the world with a baby. That’s where the pregnancy centers become so very effective. They give the vision and provide the resources that the churches used to provide and that a largely secularized clergy no longer do.

Helplessness and Hoplessness. They are also the cardinal signs of suicide. How prophetic and ironic that suicide should have been the very issue upon which this vote hinged. A Parliament that has no sense of its own ability to offer help or hope surrendered to despair and consigned its nation to the suicide we embraced four decades ago in the U.S. Suicidal women deserve better from people who know better.

“Éirinn go Brách.”

No more. Ireland’s future will become as empty as the ruins of those ancient churches that dot her landscape. They are a symbolic looking glass into a future without God, and the help and hope He freely offers us all.

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Below is a press release from the Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer. Karen Malec, its president, is one of the world’s leadiong authorities on the subject. In tight economic times, her coalition needs financial support more than ever. She has been exceedingly generous with her time and talents through the years. It’s rare that I ask for people to support a cause, and I have never asked for a penny for myself. However, Malec’s work and organization are foundational to pro-life bioethics. The data are beginning to pour in from around the world on this topic, and it’s vital that we keep Karen, the MAIN CONDUIT open. Please e as generous as your means allow.

Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer
Press Release
Contact: Karen Malec, 847-421-4000
Date: July 1, 2013

Indian Study: Abortion Increases Breast Cancer Risk Six-Fold

The Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer reports on a study published in the Indian Journal of Community Medicine (May, 2013) whose authors found a 6.38-fold greater risk of breast cancer among women with histories of induced abortion. [1] The study, led by Ramachandra Kamath, MD (Department of Public Health, Manipal University), found induced abortion was the most important risk factor.

“With only 94 cases and 94 controls, the study was way too small for a significant risk of the order of 1.5-fold to even show up,” explained Professor Joel Brind (Baruch College, City University of New York). “Yet induced abortion did show up as the strongest risk factor (and right on the border of statistical significance) because the risk increase was so high at 6.38-fold.”

The authors found a non-statistically significant 1.76-fold risk increase among women with first births after age 30. “Medical texts acknowledge delayed first full term pregnancy is a risk factor for breast cancer,” said Karen Malec, president of the Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer. “It’s indisputable that abortion contributes to delayed first full term pregnancies; and in some cases, women remain childless forever, which is also an accepted risk factor.”

Kamath’s group observed that India has the “largest estimated number of breast cancer deaths worldwide,” and breast cancer rates are on the rise there.

Brind said he found it “troubling that the abortion-breast cancer link is now showing up big time in the world’s most populous countries where breast cancer used to be rare. That means millions upon millions of women will die from this deadly after-effect of abortion. Consider that between India and China, we’re talking about over a billion women. If only 1% of them get breast cancer due to abortion, that’s still 10 million women, of whom at least 2 or 3 million will die from it!”

“Their deaths,” declared Malec, “can be laid at the doorstep of the U.S. National Cancer Institute whose leaders have covered up the ABC link for twenty years since the study, Daling et al. 1994, became available.” [2]

Kamath’s team noted that a 2006 Indian study, led by Manjusha Rai, had found a “significant association between abortion and breast cancer.” [3]

The Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer is an international women’s organization founded to protect the health and save the lives of women by educating and providing information on abortion as a risk factor for breast cancer.

References:

Kamath R, Mahajan KS, Ashok L, Sanai TS. A study on risk factors of breast cancer among patients attending the tertiary care hospital, in Udupi district. Indian J Community Med, 2013;38(2)95-99. Available at: .

Daling JR, Malone DE, Voigt LF, White E, Weiss NS. Risk of breast cancer among young women: relationship to induced abortion. J Natl Cancer Inst 1994;86:1584-1592. Available at: . White E, Malone KE, Weiss NS, Daling JR. Breast cancer among young US women in relation to oral contraceptive use. J Natl Cancer Inst 1994;86:505-514. Available at: .

Rai M, Pandey A, Singh M, Rai A & Shukia HS. “Assessment of epidemiological factors associated with breast cancer.” Indian J. Prev. Soc. Med. 2008;39:71-77. Available at: .

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