Natasha Hinn, LoveWorld USA anchor, discussed the importance of the unborn on a recent News segment.
Irish Catholics who attended Sunday Mass were disappointed with the results of a referendum in which opted to legalize abortion and said it reflects the weakening of the church, a situation that would have been unthinkable in Ireland a generation ago.
Anne-Marie McCarrick, “No” voter
“I was surprised it was such a landslide victory but not surprised that the “Yes” side had won. I voted “No”. I don’t agree with abortion, I don’t think it’s a solution to anything. Life goes on and it won’t change how I live, but I think it will change how future generation perceive the value of life. I think it will alter as time moves on particularly with regard to the more vulnerable members of society”.
Martine Regan, 55, “Yes” voter
“I just think that it’s time for a change. The vote represents women in a good way. The Catholic Church has had more of its fair say in it and its time for a change”.
Ireland voted by a roughly two-to-one margin on Friday to end a constitutional ban on abortion. Since 1983 the 8th amendment to the constitution banned abortion. Now parliament is expected to approve a more liberal set of laws governing abortion.
A Dublin Priest told the congregation attending Mass on Sunday that if people voted yes in the referendum on the 8th amendment that they had no business going up to the altar to receive Holy Communion. The Church is very clear on its teaching on the crime against the unborn babies where they say “though shalt not kill”.
It’s understood that the Priest’s comments have been circulated by Catholic activists online, which many saying “Yes” voters should leave the Catholic Church now.