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More than 6,600 abortions in Ireland in First Year of New System

30 June 2020

Official figures released today show there has been more than 6,600 abortion in the first year of the new system, following the repeal of the 8th amendment and subsequent legislation.

Following the referendum on the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution, the grounds on which termination of a pregnancy is lawfully permitted were expanded.

Under Section 20 of the Health (Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy) Act 2018, Annual Reports are required.

The first Annual Report since the law change shows a total of 6,666 abortions. 375 women also travelled from Ireland to England for an abortion and 67 women travelled from Northern Ireland to the Republic to procure an abortion.

There were 21 cases where the pregnancy posed a risk of life to the mother and there were 100 cases where the baby had a fatal or severely life-limiting abnormality.

Real Impact of repeal­ing the Eight Amendment

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On 25 May 2018, Ireland voted by 66.4% to repeal the Eighth Amendment

Ireland’s Pro Life Campaign said the figures showed the real impact of the repeal of the Eighth Amendment. Spokeswoman Maeve O’Hanlon said:

“Today, the reality has caught up with the lie that repeal would make Ireland a kinder, more gentle and compassionate country. The State sponsored choreography of abortion needs to end immediately and give way to an open and honest debate, where the voices of those who regret their abortions and others are afforded the opportunity and space to be heard.”
Maeve O'Hanlon Pro Life Campaign (Ireland)

Every abor­tion is a tragedy

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The challenge now is to change hearts and minds on the issue of abortion

Responding to the new figures, CARE’s Naomi Marsden said:

“Every abortion is a tragedy and it’s so sad to see Ireland heading in a similar direction to Great Britain where we’ve seen more than 9 million abortions since it was first fully legalised in 1967.

“2019 saw the highest number ever recorded for England and Wales with more than 205,000 abortions.

“This is now an ideological issue and hearts and minds need to be won over to stand up against the false and misleading narrative of ‘my body, my choice’.

“In a pregnancy there are two lives of equal value and the law should reflect this reality.”
Naomi Marsden Communications Officer at CARE


In any pregnancy, both the woman and preborn baby have inherent value and dignity, by virtue of being made in the image of God. CARE is passionately pro-woman and pro-life.

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