Ireland Facing Its Own 'Roe v. Wade' As Catholic Boston College Honors the Man Ushering It In

Kristan Hawkins
By Kristan Hawkins | May 10, 2013 | 2:19 PM EDT

Boston College just made the shocking announcement that Ireland's first pro-abortion Prime Minister, Enda Kenny, will be their commencement speaker and receive an honorary degree from the school.

I find it incomprehensible that BC would honor Prime Minister Kenny, knowing he is advocating for legal abortion in Ireland. It is especially appalling that a Catholic institution would so blatantly go out of its way to choose to honor a man who, breaking his own promise, is standing firmly against the teachings of his own Catholic Church on abortion - but it's not only Catholics who should be outraged.

On April 30th, Kenny's coalition government introduced legislation, "The Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill 2013," which will legalize abortion in Ireland under the guise of preventing the suicide of pregnant women. Because there was no gestational age limit included in the measure, the bill will essentially allow abortion through all nine months of pregnancy - all a woman will have to do to obtain an abortion is claim she will kill herself if she doesn't get one. This is literally abortion on "demand," and the same tactic that our Supreme Court used in Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton to allow abortion in all 9 months of pregnancy, citing a loose "health of the mother" justification which the abortion industry has used for years to include "mental health."

While not heard about much in America, pro-lifers and Christians in Ireland have been in an uproar. The Catholic Church in Ireland has denounced Kenny's bill and called upon the Irish to lobby their elected representatives to oppose it. The Primate of Ireland, Cardinal Sean Brady, said the bill, if approved, would "make the direct and intentional killing of unborn children lawful in Ireland."

The implications will be devastating for Catholic hospitals, which would be forced to comply with the proposed law, and for physicians, nurses, and other health care workers, who would have no rights of conscience protections.  In addition, Kenny has threatened to expel pro-life Catholic TDs (members of parliament) from his Fine Gael parliamentary party if they refuse to vote for the bill when it comes to a vote this July.

After our painful experience for the past 40 years in America, we know the destruction that legal abortion will bring to Ireland. Legalized abortion here in the U.S. has led to the deaths of over 55 million preborn baby girls and boys, the victimization of millions of women, and the crumbling of countless families.

Making abortion legal has not made it safe nor rare, as abortions skyrocketed after the 1973 Supreme Court decisions and women are dying each year of legal abortions.  As the world is just now seeing, the sacred "right to abortion" preempts commonsense safety protocols and inspections of abortion facilities, resulting in scores of cases like the Kermit Gosnell "House of Horrors."

After all of this, how can Boston College even consider honoring Prime Minister Kenny?

It's like knowing that a genocide is going to be perpetrated and then inviting the leader who is going to usher in that genocide to your university and giving him an honor for it.  Because after all, that's what abortion is.

It has been heartening to see the thousands of young people marching in the streets of Ireland demanding of Kenny's party, "Fine Gael: Keep Your Pro-Life Promise." They reject the unsafe, unsanitary hopelessness of the abortionist's table and instead embrace the light and love of a Culture of Life. They know that abortion kills one and hurts another and so their message is one of peace: "Love Them Both."

As Catholics, Christians, and pro-lifers of all faiths, the time is now to stand in solidarity with these young pro-lifers in Ireland as they courageously defend the pre-born. We must oppose Prime Minister Kenny, and demand he stop promoting the grave moral evil of abortion in Ireland.

We have the chance to stop another Roe v. Wade moment from happening. It may be too late for our nation, but it's not too late for our friends and family in Ireland. I hope you will join us in speaking out and contacting the Boston College President, Rev. William Leahy, and demanding the university immediately revoke its invitation using our easy-to-use form at

Will you stand with us and "love them both?"

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