America’s culture of death is apparently catching on across the pond.

On May 25, voters in Ireland overwhelmingly approved a referendum to overturn that country’s ban on abortion, paving the way for abortion on demand for up to 12 weeks.

Two-thirds of the electorate voted in favor of the referendum, with only 33.6 percent against.

Perhaps most telling is 90 percent of young voters aged 18-26 approved the referendum. Additionally, the vote is further evidence of the marginalization of the church’s once powerful influence in Ireland, a country that only three years ago approved same-sex marriage.

The referendum removes the Eighth Amendment to the constitution approved by a 2-1 margin in 1983, which acknowledges the right to life of the unborn.

Of course, supporters stressed, likely with a wink and a smile, that laws governing abortion will be restrictive. Where have we heard that misleading diatribe being spewed before? Perhaps it was in 1973, when Roe v Wade became the law of the land in the United States, allegedly with restrictions.

However, that law evolved into an open invitation to abortion on demand, leading to the legalized murder of millions of young babies who never had the opportunity to experience life outside of their mother’s womb.

There is no reason to expect anything different among the Irish. Already, legislation is expected to be introduced permitting abortion for a child up to birth who is diagnosed with a life-limiting condition (think special needs). So the millions of special needs children who are yet to be born but would bring so much love to the proper home could potentially be massacred right up to delivery.

Also getting caught up in the tide is Northern Ireland, where momentum appears to be gaining to legalize abortion in that country.

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, who campaigned for the referendum, reacted to the outcome by saying his country is now more “open and respectful.”

He also said this vote was for the “next generation.”

No, Mr. Varadkar is not correct. Irish voters have done nothing more than invoke the death sentence on millions of babies who will fall victim to the selfishness of one or more of their parents and the willingness of a doctor to end that baby’s life with the simple weaponry of a scalpel.

Laws, by their nature, are mirrors of a country’s conscience. Certainly that is evident in America, where not only is abortion legal, so is capital punishment, another form of state sponsored execution. We have become a country where death is big business, and morality has gotten caught up in its wake.

Unfortunately, it now appears Ireland is now headed down that same path of moral turpitude.