Veronica Neffinger | Editor, |

Ireland will vote in May on whether or not to legalize abortion, and American pro-life leaders are urging Irish officials to preserve the rights of unborn babies. reports that the Eighth Amendment of the Irish Constitution protects unborn babies’ right to life. If the May vote overturns this amendment, abortion could be legalized for almost any reason and at any stage of gestation.

Seventeen pro-life leaders have penned a letter to Ireland’s Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, urging him to continue to preserve Ireland’s protection for the unborn, as well as their mothers who would suffer the pain and loss of abortion.

“Taoiseach Varadkar, please don’t let love be defeated,” they wrote in the letter. “Please uphold the right to life and the dignity of all persons – both born and unborn – through Ireland’s life-affirming 8th amendment.”

The pro-life leaders pointed to America as an example of the pain and grief caused by abortion after Roe v. Wade made it legal.

“Since then, millions of women have been negatively affected by abortion, some have even died, and we are missing over 55 million children in America today simply because of a law that was initially said to permit abortion only in certain cases,” they wrote.

A few of the pro-life leaders who signed the letter included Jeanne Mancini, president of the March for Life Education and Defense Fund; Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America; Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council; Marjorie Dannenfelser and the Honorable Marilyn Musgrave, of the Susan B. Anthony List; Chuck Donovan, president of the Charlotte Lozier Institute; Marie S. Smith, director of the Parliamentary Network for Critical Issues; and Penny Young Nance, president of Concerned Women for America.