Famed Irish actor Liam Neeson has announced he is backing a referendum in Ireland to remove protections of the unborn. The country’s Eighth Amendment protects those in the womb from abortions, something Neeson says needs to change.
The actor argues the law is dated and does not stand up for the rights of women.
“There are times when we must stand for what is right,” Neeson said, per Daily Wire. “When the obvious injustice of a situation demands that we do so. For me, the upcoming referendum on the Eighth Amendment is one of those times. A time to stand up and be counted. A moment when men must stand with women.”
Per the report:
Throughout Neeson’s letter, he describes abortion as a woman’s right, never once mentioning the human right to life. At one point, strangely, he touts his past work as a Unicef Goodwill Ambassador for “children’s rights.” And then, as if advising people to not educate themselves, Neeson then advises that “there’s nothing wrong in not knowing everything there is to know about abortion.”
Translation: Being ignorant of the harsh reality of abortion is secondary to the issue.
Finally, Neeson frames repealing the Eighth Amendment in terms of overthrowing the patriarchy by touting several myths and half-truths that were never a characteristic of Ireland.
“Men owe a debt to women in Ireland,” Neeson continued in a statement, provided via Irish Post. “For too long, we have at best stood by and at worst participated in a system that has stripped women of their human rights. Ireland has inflicted indignity and abuse on women for generations, and on a grand scale. In recent decades we have demonstrated the capacity to face the truth of such abuse, to own it and to do whatever we can to respond to it. And that is to our great credit.”
Neeson says his country forces women to travel to other countries to receive adequate care.
“But the Ireland of the Magdalene Laundries and Mother and Baby Homes is not another country or a relic of some long distant past. Yes, gone are the days when our country used to drop our pregnant women and girls off at the gates of institutions that hid them behind high walls. Yet still, we drop our girlfriends, wives, daughters, sisters and mothers to the departure gates at Dublin Airport, forcing them to travel to other countries to access basic healthcare services and denying them necessary aftercare upon their return.”
Ireland remains a society where we see women in crisis as a problem, to be exiled overseas instead of cared for with respect and compassion here at home. It’s time to end that. It’s time to respect women’s right to make decisions that are right for them and their families.
Having spent a significant part of my life based outside of my home country, I have witnessed Ireland becoming a nation that leads the world on social issues yet we still treat women as second-class citizens by taking away the basic right to make choices about their own bodies and if and when to have children. For years I have campaigned for children’s rights on behalf of the UN as a Unicef Goodwill Ambassador and I have been proud of Ireland’s commitment to this issue, but our denial of basic human rights to women and girls means that work is far from complete.
I can understand why some men in Ireland might feel that this is a women’s issue and they should stay out of it. But this is a moment when men in Ireland must stand with the women in their lives by actively participating.
“In Ireland, men have complete control over their bodies. Women do not,” Neeson claims. “Even if a woman has been raped, or her health could be damaged by a pregnancy, she has no control over what happens next.”
As Daily Wire reports, Neeson does not at all argue for the right to life of the child.
“[Abortion] is an extremely complicated issue and a deeply personal one. Amnesty International Ireland is helping men in Ireland have conversations with their friends and loved ones…Talking is the best way to understand and learn, and it is precisely this kind of dialogue that will make the difference on referendum day. I urge you to be part of this conversation, to bring it to the places where you live and work, to be a powerful force for change.”
Concluding his statement, Neeson again motivates people to vote in the referendum.
“On May 25, we have a once in a generation opportunity. It’s time to care for women at home. It’s time to respect women’s right to make decisions that are right for them and their families. It’s time for us, as men, to stand with women.”
Check out how some people are responding:
Well, if Liam Neeson says it, it must be right. Tell us more oh great moral arbiter. pic.twitter.com/VH1AnWtHmu
— Elsie Hayibor (@musicdiva145) May 8, 2018
— autumn grimaldo (@autumngrimaldo) May 8, 2018
So he believes in murdering babies, not surprising
— Penny (@pennyilene49) May 8, 2018
Its not right to kill unborn children. Of course the fetus is a child, a human being. Taking that life is wrong
— Arqahn (@Arqahn) May 8, 2018
Suddenly he seems a lot less bad-ass.
He went from killing bad guys in movies to killing vulnerable babies in real life at the snap of his fingers.#HollywoodInAction
— Claude Watson (@ClaudeWatsonIII) May 8, 2018