Action alert – New abortion threat – email your MP now

The abortion statistics for the first year that abortions have taken place in Ireland since the repeal of the Eighth Amendment were released today. They show a total of 6,666 lives were lost to abortion under the new law.

After introducing abortion to the Republic of Ireland and more recently imposing abortion on Northern Ireland, the abortion lobby’s next target is England and Wales – and they are planning on doing it next week.

The UK’s largest abortion provider, BPAS, have announced that they are going to attempt to mobilise MPs to hijack the Domestic Abuse Bill next week, to make the biggest changes to abortion legislation since 1967.

The amendment they are indicating that they will bring forward would remove almost all current legal safeguards on abortion, up until when a child is capable of being born alive, with a ceiling of 28 weeks. The change would leave England and Wales with one of the most extreme abortion laws in the world.

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6,666 abortions carried out in Ireland under new legislation last year

A total of 6,666 abortions were carried out in Ireland last year, according to official figures

It is the first full year figures have been available, following a 66% vote to repeal the Eighth Amendment in a 2018 referendum. Abortion services in Ireland commenced on 1 January 2019.

Official figures from the UK Department of Health and Social Care, show an additional 375 abortions took place in England and Wales last year where a Republic of Ireland address was provided. Meanwhile, 67 of the abortions that took place in Ireland in 2019 were for women from Northern Ireland, taking the number of abortions for Irish resident women in Ireland to 6,599. 

The total number of abortions, in 2019, for Irish resident women that were performed in Ireland, England and Wales was 6,974.

Before new abortion legislation was introduced to Ireland, in 2018, the number of abortions that took place in England and Wales for women who are Irish residents was 2,879. A further 32 abortions were reported to have taken place in Ireland under the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act, taking the total number of abortions for Ireland residents to 2,911.

It means that the total number of abortions that have taken place for Irish resident women in England, Wales and Ireland recorded in official statistics has increased from 2,911 to 6,794 since the legislation was introduced to Ireland – this represents an additional 3,883 abortions, an increase of 133%.

Between tomorrow and Saturday (31 June – 4 July) tens of thousands of people are expected to stream Ireland’s Rally for Life events, which has the theme United for Life.

A spokesperson for Right to Life UK, Catherine Robinson said:

“It is a tragedy for Ireland that 6,666 lives were lost to abortion in 2019. Every one of these abortions represents a failure to protect the lives of babies in the womb and a failure to offer full support to women with unplanned pregnancies. 

“Abortion campaigners claimed before the referendum that introducing abortion to Ireland would make no difference to abortion numbers. These official figures show how untrue this claim was with a very large increase in the number of abortions taking place for women who are Irish residents.”