New figures released from the British Department of Health show that the number of Irish women who had an abortion in Britain fell again to 2,879 - more than a 50% decline since 2001 - in the same year that the 8th amendment was repealed and abortion legalised in Ireland.
Niamh Uí Bhriain of the Life Institute said that the decline had begun long before abortion pills became available. and the figure showed that Ireland was on the right path to providing help and support for both mother and child, only to toss that progress aside by legalising abortion.
"We know now - from abortion doctors and from the Board of the Rotunda - that 10,000 abortions are expected to take place in Ireland this year. So the decline will not just be reversed, we'll see a trebling in the number of abortions, which is horrendous. No-one in their right mind could possibly want abortion rates to go up by this shocking factor," she said.
"Already we are seeing tragic cases like the misdiagnosis case in the National Maternity Hospital, and I have no doubt we will hear from women who felt coerced and pushed into abortion because other people decide it is easily available and convenient," said Ms Uí Bhriain.
"Today's numbers show that in Britain abortion rates continue to rise, with some 205,000 abortions recorded , the highest number in 10 years. These figures underline what a mistake it was to repeal the 8th amendment. There is always a better answer for mother and baby."
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