VIA| Irish leader Enda Kenny paid President Barack Obama a visit on Tuesday, and what he said in front of the press no doubt left the president frustrated and humiliated.
A reporter asked Kenny how he felt about expanding abortion rights and before he could answer, a White House staffer quickly interjected, “Next question.”
“We defer to the Eighth Amendment,” Kenny said.
Kenny referenced the Eighth Amendment to the Irish Constitution, which was adopted in 1983. The amendment reads in part: “The state 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 Irish leaders’s answer indicated that he saw an opportunity to express his thoughts about an issue important to Obama and liberals. By slipping in that he supports the amendment, he clearly defended the unborn.
Kenny no doubt heard about the scandal involving Obama’s funding of Planned Parenthood last year after it was discovered that the organization was selling body parts of aborted babies to third party organizations. Kenny was probably as disgusted as many Americans were to find out their tax dollars were supporting this murderous, sickening practice.
Ireland has experienced a push to repeal repeal its Eighth Amendment, but that effort failed during recent elections, in which supporters voiced their opinions.
Kenny resigned as prime minister of Ireland last week after the Irish Parliament failed to elect a prime minister. He will maintain his role as acting head of government until later this month.
It is good to see politicians standing up for the right to life — we wish we saw it more often in our own country.