Last week, many people in Ireland were stunned when the Tatler Magazine Women of the Year Award went to all women who campaigned in favor of the referendum to repeal the Eighth Amendment. Before the May 2018 referendum, the Eighth Amendment recognized the equal right to life of a preborn baby with his or her mother. This legal recognition of the preborn child’s right to life meant that almost all abortions were banned in Ireland, and the abortion rate was significantly lower than in neighboring countries.
In May, two-thirds of Irish voters cast ballots in favor of repealing legal protection of the preborn. Pro-abortion politicians have since pushed forward with plans to legalize elective abortion and make it taxpayer funded.
Senator Catherine Noone (pictured), who was instrumental in organizing the pro-abortion repeal campaign, along with several other campaigners, accepted the Tatler Woman of the Year Award on behalf of all women who campaigned to legalize the killing of the preborn.
Articulating the outrage many people feel at the award, Eilis Mulroy, a spokesperson for the Prolife Campaign said, “This is a divisive and tasteless award, when you consider that many women are horrified by abortion and many others are hurt by it.” She added, “Many people, including many ‘Yes’ voters were aghast with the celebratory scenes from Dublin Castle on the day after the abortion referendum. They will no doubt feel the same today. Celebrating abortion is as inappropriate today as it was on May 26th [the day following the referendum].”
The Irish Tatler’s Woman of the Year Award is a popular celebration with a long list of corporate sponsors, including brands such as Lancome, Huawei, Tipperary Cristal, Green & Black’s, Dylan Bradshaw, Monart, and Marks & Spencer. While the evening honored many women who have no obvious connection to the repeal campaign, the night was, to many, an overt celebration of the legal killing of the preborn.
It is not known if the companies involved with the event were made aware of this before committing to sponsorship. It does not appear that any of the companies have issued statements distancing themselves from the pro-abortion award or qualifying their participation in the event at this time. Whether or not the companies were made aware of the pro-abortion award, the brands are now synonymous in the minds of many Irish people with pro-abortion politicians and campaigners.