The Open Society Foundations was founded by George Soros, and who continues to chair it, is one of the world’s richest people, is providing financial backing to organisations seeking to repeal the remaining constitutional prohibition on abortion.

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The document titled ‘Open Society Justice Initiative Proposed 2014 Strategy’ was part of the huge cache of leaked documents released by DC Leaks from George Soros’ Open Society Foundations.

The complete document is available here.

Here is a link to the part of the document that exposed the funding by George Soros and Open Foundation Society of the campaign to repeal the 8th Amendment.

After they were exposed, the three organisations confirmed to the Irish Independent they had received grants from the foundation.

  • Amnesty International Ireland $150,000
  • Irish Family Planning Association $150,000
  • Abortion Rights Campaign $  24,999

In the leaked strategy document, the foundation said it would fund the three Irish organisations “to work collectively on a campaign to repeal Ireland’s constitutional amendment granting equal rights to an implanted embryo as the pregnant woman”.

The document continued: “With one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the world, a win there could impact other strongly Catholic countries in Europe, such as Poland, and provide much needed proof that change is possible, even in highly conservative places.”

It has been reported that the funding by the George Soros’ Open Society Foundations is the now the subject of an investigation by the Standards in Public Office Commission.

The blaring abuse of the law in this area was no doubt the subject of much concern to members of the public and the Standards in Public Office Commission (SIPO).

The result is that the Abortion Rights Campaign was forced to return the monies to Open Society Foundations or face Garda prosecution. You can read more the media reports here.

A Freedom of Information Act request , revealed that Standards in Public Office Commission requested documentation regarding their grant application to Open Society Foundations. At this stage the Abortion Rights Campaign became uncooperative and only complied with this request after SIPO informed them that if this did not happen they would refer the matter to An Garda Síochána.

After examining these documents the Standards in Public Office Commission advised them that as they had sought overseas funding for a campaign with a domestic political purpose, they were in breach of the law and under threat of a Garda investigation they returned  the money to Open Society Foundations.

SIPO also wrote to the Irish Family Planning Association regarding the money received from Open Society Foundations. They advised SIPO that they were not a campaigning body and had used the money received for charitable and educational purposes. No further action has yet being taken against the Irish Family Planning Association

Amnesty International Ireland who received the sum of €137,000 accepted that the money was used for campaign purposes to “bring its law on abortion into compliance with international human rights law and standards”. Amnesty declared that it does not generally consider itself to come under SIPO’s jurisdiction and that it’s work for the “protection and promotion of human rights as set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights instruments” does not constitute work for “political purposes”.