Hibernians Shun SF Over Abortion Support
The American branch of the Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH) will not invite pro-abortion politicians from Ireland to speak at its annual convention this year, the organisation has decided. In the past, Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald has spoken, but McDonald will not be invited this year because of her support for abortion.
Recently, the Catholic fraternal organization approved a resolution to “protect all life from conception to natural death and to accept and support without prejudice the free expression of religious practices for the people of the world”.
The resolution is in response to Ireland’s abortion referendum in May.
A message was posted on the Tyrone AOH Facebook page saying “our St Joseph’s Pro-Life Division Dungannon has commended the American Hibernians for rescinding an invitation to Sinn Fein’s Mary Lou McDonald to speak at the convention”. It added: “Sinn Fein’s radical pro-abortion policies scuppered McDonald’s ambitions.” Hours later the word “rescinding” was changed to “not inviting”, and the post was later removed altogether.
Speaking from Ohio, national vice president of the AOH in America Danny O’Connell said his organisation had “specifically chosen not to invite political parties because of pro-life issues going on in Ireland”. O’Connell also emphasized that they are not singling out any political party in the move. He said the same standard will apply to everyone.
Life News. July 23. Belfast Telegraph. July 23.