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.
Last week, the Department of Health published their annual report in accordance with section 20 of the Health (Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy) Act 2018 detailing the number of legal abortions carried out in Ireland in 2019.
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.
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.
It will be recalled that throughout the referendum campaign to remove the Eighth Amendment, and indeed well before that point during the Oireachtas Committee hearings, it was continually stressed that the provision of abortion services would be GP led.