The Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) and Amnesty International are amongst organisations complaining that the 2001 amendment to the Electoral Act of 1997 by the Standards in Public Office Commission (SIPOC) is curbing civil society and human rights organisations, and that there is now a “chilling effect” on the work of human rights organisations.
In a small country like Ireland $18 million can buy you a lot of votes – or it can at least enable campaigners to engage in a massive, well-funded push to have abortion-on-demand legalised. If you’ve been wondering how groups like Amnesty, the Irish Council for Civil Liberties and others have suddenly began pumping out slick campaigns for abortion then look no further than the source of their funding. In the past few years – with timing that exactly correlates to their strident and relentless push for abortion – some $18 million dollars has poured into the coffers of these Irish pro-abortion campaigners.
Most countries with access to legal abortion have spawned organisations who exist to pay for poor women to have abortions. These organisations, often described as ‘Abortion Funds’, like to portray themselves as grassroots groups; ordinary folk struggling to assist women in crisis.
Every so often, one of the Irish media outlets will try to resurrect an entirely manufactured controversy about pro life groups not being registered with the political regulator, SIPO. To the interest of almost no-one at all, they will print column after column shrieking about various red herrings such as sources of funding.