According to the Irish Department of Health, 6,666 abortions were perfomed in the Republic at Irish taxpayers’ expense, including 67 from Northern Ireland, 15 residents from other countries and 525 for whom no Irish county or foreign country is known.
If you happen to be a disinterested observer of Ireland’s decades-long abortion debate, you could be forgiven for thinking that things unfolded something like this. First, Catholic Ireland implemented the oppressive 8th Amendment, designed to inflict moral dogmas on a helpless population.
A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a column on the recent trend of abortion activists claiming that abortion was not only necessary, but good. Many of them, in fact, actually went a step further and claimed that abortion was actually beautiful.
In the week before Easter, Life Institute (for which I am a spokeswoman) launched a campaign seeking to ensure older people would not be denied life-saving care in this crisis, because decisions regarding the allocation of critical care should never be based solely on age. Events since then have given fresh urgency to the initiative.
Nothing spells out hope like a new baby, and nothing signifies what the future will hold more than the values of the people actually having those babies at a time when so many people are choosing to have none at all.
Barely a year had passed since the Repealers had ghoulishly celebrated their abortion “win” in Dublin Castle when the sexual assault and brutal murder of 14-year-old Ana Kriegal hit the headlines. It soon was revealed that the two teenage boys who were accused of her murder had been accessing hardcore pornography online.