It is the essence of both ageism and statism to describe the fact that Ireland’s civil government is moving away from civil prohibition against murdering fetal image bearers of God as some sort of great increase of wickedness and sin. Consider the fact that surgical abortion (the practice in question) only makes up a tiny demographic of the ongoing abortion holocaust is greatly eclipsed by practices like In Vitro Fertilization and Hormonal birth control, both of which have been extremely influential in exterminating the Irish population for decades.
IVF and hormonal contraception kill more prenatal children every year than surgical abortion ever will, and pretending to be outraged that the State gives some kind of meaningless license to its pagan citizens to extend that infanticide to include surgical abortion is nothing short of ageism.
More importantly, to imaginatively place culpability in the hands of Ireland’s civil government, as if it were lawgiver and judge, is to elevate it into the position of god, which is definitively nothing short of Statism. And that is exactly what the magistrates of Ireland are: false gods, as they are Benefactors who exercise authority, not unlike every magistrate in human history. And they only use social angst to fuel their schemes and manipulate the wanton public.
Governments of human civil society know they can oppress the people and withhold civil privileges, but once they give the people one thing they want, the people conveniently forget about all of that oppression and all of that withholding and are satisfied in their cathartic “victory”—a sort of hitting rubber with a hammer. An illusion of progress. Incrementalism. This same exact tactic, not only works with “legalizing abortion,” but also, say, lowering gas prices, giving away tax refunds, incorporating homosexual relationships into their civil marriage schemes, and a million other expressions of lip-service to the people.
This power play is used indiscriminately with both low-hanging sin, like abortion and homosexual union, and with pragmatic “righteousness”, like the criminalization of social ills like abortion and homosexual union.
As an historical example, Abraham Lincoln, an American god, did not “abolish” slavery because he had a moral conversion against the ownership of human beings. He “abolished” slavery to preserve and further his political career and exercise his power and dominion over the American people. In his own words, he set out against chattel slavery because:
“If I could save the union without freeing any slaves I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone I would also do that.” (Letter from Abraham Lincoln to Horace Greeley.)
American chattel slavery was just a tool in authoritative political pursuit. False gods find tools in any and every popular social topic, just like abortion is just a tool, just like same-sex marriage is just a tool.
The only thing that can be done is to organically change public opinion about social topics through the preaching of repentance and revival and living according to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This is the only way to give righteousness a foothold, primarily in the political establishment of God’s kingdom, but secondarily as a political motivation for wicked governments that are of, by, and for selfish, godless, oppressive, manipulative, and withholding men. They are just willing to use whatever tools you will give them. All in spite of their existence, as duly rejected by God’s people.
You can seek the kingdom of Ireland by legitimizing the sovereignty of its courts over the people, or you can seek the Kingdom of Heaven by calling the people to repent of placing their equity, faith and souls under the power of false gods and their attempts at dictating justice and morality, and seek to take back their personal responsibility to perform justice and love their neighbors as themselves, all under God’s sole jurisdiction in Christ’s kingdom.
The Kingdom of Ireland has always been on the broad path to destruction, including the literal destruction of children. The Kingdom of God is on the narrow path that leads to life, including the life-giving staple of un-outsourced personal responsibility.