When Ireland was forced to hold another vote in October on the Lisbon Treaty,
giving the European Parliament sweeping power and authority over
individual nations, its promoters promised Irish voters the new
authority would not affect the Irish constitution, and that Ireland
would maintain its sovereignty in constitutionally protected rights.
The only people they fooled were the ones who voted ‘Yes’ to the Lisbon Treaty. The others knew what was coming. It didn’t take long.
Irish abortion laws and sovereignty stand in the dock
next week when the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) hears a
challenge to Ireland’s constitutional protection of life “from
Third-party interveners Society for the Protection of Unborn
Children, the European Center for Law and Justice and the Alliance
Defense Fund (on behalf of Family Research Council), contend that it is
“Ireland’s sovereign right to determine when life begins” and what
rights attach to pre-natal life. They also claim that domestic remedies
have not been exhausted, and that therefore the ECHR lacks jurisdiction
to hear the case.
Ireland’s constitution “acknowledges the right to life of the unborn
and, with due regard to the equal right to life of the mother,
guarantees in its laws to respect, and, as far as practicable, by its
laws to defend and vindicate that right.” The country’s recent approval
of the Lisbon Treaty after receiving guarantees that its pro-life
constitution would remain unaffected has raised the stakes of the
This is what the Irish ‘No’ vote warned of, possibly the end of that country’s constitutional right to life and the sovereignty to uphold those protections.