U2 Comes Out in Favor of Repealing of Irish Law Protecting Right to Life for Unborn

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The internationally acclaimed secular rock group U2, led by the Irish-born Bono, has come out in favor of repealing Ireland’s Eighth Amendment, a pro-life law that “acknowledges the right to life of the unborn” and “guarantees in its laws to respect, and, as far as practicable, by its laws to defend and vindicate that right.” The revelation has generated disappointment from followers who are baffled as to why anyone would support killing a baby.

The group posted a graphic to Twitter and Instagram on Tuesday that read “Repeal the 8th,” the words being written inside a red heart. The post refers to an upcoming referendum vote on May 25, in which residents will be asked whether or not to repeal Article 40.3.3 of the Irish Constitution, also known as the Eighth Amendment.

A yes vote would result in the replacement of the current text noting that the nation’s laws defend the right to life with a clause that reads, “Provision may be made by law for the regulation of termination of pregnancy.”

It would also allow lawmakers to move forward with a proposed replacement for the current Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act, which bans abortion except for the in purported instance of risking the life of the mother.

While U2’s post generated over 18,000 likes, it also generated much commentary, including from followers who were disheartened by the group’s stance. Some advised that they won’t attend their concerts anymore.

“Wow. Celebrating the taking of innocent lives? If ever someone lost their way. No innocent child deserves to be torn limb from limb and injected with poison to the heart. Why are you so blinded?” one commenter wrote.

“You were one of my favorite bands, and now one of my least favorite bands. Absolutely disgusting you would encourage the murder of millions of children. SHAME ON YOU,” another stated.

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“This breaks my heart. I have loved and followed you for 20 years. I still love you, but I can’t follow you down this road. My tickets to upcoming shows will go unused,” a third remarked.

U2’s guitarist, known as Edge, told the Irish Mirror this week that he thinks that repealing the Eighth Amendment is “the smart thing to do.”

“It is huge, and I know there is a huge divergence of opinion on it, and I accept that,” he said. “And it is hard to take a stance without having to acknowledge there is another side to it, but I am for it and I support repeal. It is the smart thing to do.”

As previously reported, in 2015, Bono, who professes to be a Christian, also came out in support of a referendum to legalize same-sex “marriage” in the predominantly Roman Catholic Republic. He announced at a concert in Phoenix, Arizona that he was dedicating his song “Pride (In The Name Of Love)” to the Irish movement.

“If God loves us, whoever we love, wherever we come from, then why can’t the state?” Bono claimed.

Jesus said in Matthew 7:21-23, “Not every one that saith unto me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter into the kingdom of Heaven, but he that doeth the will of My Father which is in Heaven. Many will say to me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Thy name? And in Thy name have cast out devils? And in Thy name done many wonderful works?’ And then will I profess unto them, ‘I never knew you. Depart from me, ye that work iniquity.'”

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  • NCOriolesFan

    Always has boggled my mind why any business would favor the murder of future customers.

  • james blue

    The current law in Ireland cost Savita Halappanavar her life. Even though she was miscarrying she was denied a medical termination and as a consequence died in severe pain of septicemia.

    There has to be exceptions.

    • SR

      That’s a lie. The Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act was enforced and is current law.

      • james blue

        Yes it was enforced and she died as a result.

        The woman went to hospital in pain and was diagnosed as miscarrying. She was hemorrhaging. The doctors didn’t say the baby can be saved (17 weeks) and didn’t say the miscarriage can be prevented. They said it has to happen “naturally”. So she bled in hospital for a couple of days until the fetuses heartbeat stopped and then they did the removal. She died from septicemia soon after.

        It wasn’t a case of abortion on demand, she was a married woman who deliberately became pregnant. It was a life threatening medical emergency that doctors were not legally allowed to prevent being life ending ending for the mother.

        The case is verifiable and I believe is one of the triggers for the attempt to change the current law.

        • SR

          You are wrong. The Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act 2013 was made law because of her case. It’s been law for awhile now. It is current law.

          • james blue

            I stand corrected on the name of the law at the time however hospitals can still refuse and last year a suicidal young woman was involuntarily held in a metal ward and refused an abortion the constitutional ban on abortion in Ireland remains in effect.

          • SR

            That wasn’t your original claim. Suicidal people belong in psychiatric wards if they’re going to get help.

          • james blue

            The lady was suicidal because of her pregnancy. The confirmed reports are out there but her name isn’t, I’m assuming because she was under 18, but it might be protected under privacy laws.

          • SR

            Suicide isn’t a symptom of pregnancy.

          • james blue

            People have been driven to suicide for millions of reasons. Suicide is an action not a symptom. Being pregnant and hormonal can cause severe depression, rage and a whole manner of mental issues.

          • SR

            Don’t bother. You got everything wrong about this case, and you’ve been insufferably rude to me and others on another site.

          • james blue

            Says the guy who has been going onto my profile and stalking me with various accounts the last few days

          • SR

            Thanks for proving my point.

          • james blue

            www(dot) medicinenet(dot)com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=206434

            Change the (dot) to a period