23rd November 2021
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23rd November 2021
Silence surrounding ‘devastating impact’ of new abortion law must end, says PLC
Group publishes new poll findings and launches campaign in anticipation of government’s three-year review of abortion law
Volunteers outside Leinster House at launch of End the Silence campaign earlier today. ()
The Pro Life Campaign today called for an end to the silence surrounding the ‘devastating impact’ of the new abortion law, and on Ireland’s spiralling abortion rate that has resulted in a 70+% increase in abortions in just two years.
At today’s event outside the Dáil attended by several members of the Oireachtas, the PLC launched its new document Ireland’s Abortion Law: End the Silence, which focuses on the Government’s three-year review of the abortion law and the changes the PLC wants to see delivered as part of the review.
At today’s launch, the PLC also published the findings of a recent opinion poll it commissioned, including a finding that shows overwhelming public support for women being offered information about alternatives before proceeding with an abortion.
Speaking at the event outside Leinster House, Eilís Mulroy, spokesperson for the PLC, said: “The silence surrounding the devastating impact of the new abortion law must end. After the law changed in 2019, 13,243 legal abortions were performed in the first two years. This represents a massive 70+% increase in abortion in that short space of time, a far cry from the promise made by senior members of government before the 2018 referendum that abortion would be ‘rare’ in the event of the referendum being passed.
“Right now, women are being kept in the dark about abortion alternatives. They simply aren’t being informed about other options. This appalling situation cannot continue.
“The poll finding that we’re releasing today shows that an overwhelming 89% of people support women being offered information about alternatives before proceeding with an abortion. Women have a right to be informed about alternatives in an open and transparent way prior to the abortion. People may be under the impression that this already happens but it doesn’t. There cannot be informed consent in relation to abortion unless women are presented with the full facts.
“The Government’s three-year review also needs to address horrific situations like the fact that babies sometimes survive late-term abortions and are left to die unaided, without receiving any palliative or medical care. The Minister for Health has acknowledged in the Dáil that he’s aware of the information that has come to light on this issue but disgracefully he has done nothing to end this barbaric treatment of babies who survive abortion.
“The second poll finding we’re releasing today shows a massive 77% of people support the abortion law being amended to ensure that babies who survive the abortion procedure are given medical care."
“The silence surrounding the reality of babies surviving the abortion procedure and being left to die alone must end. Ensuring that no baby is ever abandoned and left alone to die struggling to catch his or her breath is a humanitarian issue not a political one.
“These and other inconvenient truths about the new abortion law cannot continue to be swept under the carpet. They deserve to be discussed openly and honestly as part of the upcoming three-year review of the abortion law.
“Today’s launch is just a first step in our campaign to end the silence surrounding the devastating impact of the new abortion law and to make sure that alternatives to abortion become a major issue as the three-year review gets underway."
Read the Pro Life Campaign's End the Silence report here ([link removed])
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