On February 22, 2019, The Irish Times reported  that “a four-year-old child, who was found to have been injured at 20 weeks’ gestation, is to receive €45,000 damages for personal injury arising from an accident in a [supermarket] store.”

The Irish Times went on to report that the judge declared that the injury of an unborn child in a shopping accident was a most unusual case and one that had not previously come before the court. The newspaper concluded its report observing: “Such a case is practically unknown to the Irish courts.”

The irony is that this latest legal settlement for injury to a child in the womb comes just weeks after the killing of unborn children was made legal in Ireland.

The new Irish law permitting abortion took effect on January 1, 2019. This controversial legislation was rushed through the normally sluggish Irish Parliament. The current political class then proceeded to pat itself on the back, with the Irish prime minister describing the new law as ushering in an “historic moment for Irish women” worth celebrating.

Viewing these developments from afar, one could be forgiven for thinking that the most pressing issue affecting all Irish men and women was the need to facilitate the destruction of the unborn in the womb. Rather than “celebrating” this new law, those in government and the people of Ireland should see its implementation as marking one of the most shame-filled moments in all Irish history.

Shortly after the law was enacted, The Irish Times reported that the first consultations for abortion had taken place on January 1, 2019. (Ironically, January 1 in the Catholic Church is observed as the Solemnity of the Feast of the Mother of God within the Octave of the solemn feast of the Nativity of the Lord.) At the moment, there are nine hospitals in the Irish Republic lined up to perform abortions, including Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda, County Louth. That hospital is dedicated to the Mother of God and honors her concern for the sick and vulnerable pilgrims who travel each year to Lourdes. From now on that hospital is to become part of the system for killing the unborn.

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