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in Britain fell again to 2,879 - more than a 50% decline since 2001 - in the same year that the 8th amendment was repealed and abortion legalised in Ireland.
The Life Institute has said babies aborted after a misdiagnosis of a severe abnormality must not become "collateral damage" in the rush to establish a new regime after the repeal of the 8th amendment.
The Life Institute has produced an analysis of the Abortion Bill as it now reads, which explains the scope and effect of the legislation and also reports on some of what happened at the Special Health Committee looking at the bill.
Save the 8th issued the following statement in response to comments by Simon Coveney, the Tánaiste, this morning: “Simon Coveney’s confusion on what repeal could mean for the rights of the unborn shows that voters can have no confidence in the Government’s promises. When senior members of the Government are talking about future changes to legislation that has not even been published yet, it demonstrates that promises of restraint, or respect for the rights of the unborn, are worthless.
The Life Institute has described the Oireachtas Committee on the 8th Amendment, with a few honourable exceptions, as a “lynch mob who have deliberately ignored the humanity of the preborn child and the full evidence about abortion”, and vowed to ensure that the “extreme and cruel recommendations of the Committee would be rejected by the people”.
The Life Institute has said that recommendations to legalise abortion issued in the report of the Oireachtas Committee today were both “cruel and extreme” and would be rejected by the Irish people in the upcoming referendum.
Bríd Smith TD has been criticised for tweeting “appalling” remarks about a mother who had given an moving testimony telling the Abortion Committee about her son who was diagnosed with a severe disability. In what has been an incredibly unbalanced “debate” so far, the Oireachtas committee on the Eighth Amendment heard testimony from Liz McDermott, who shared a personal and often heart-breaking story about the lack of care she has received when she discovered her preborn son’s limbs would not develop. After the Committee hearing, Bríd Smith TD, sent this appalling tweet.
Last week, Katherine Zappone, a woman who is meant to be the Minister for Children, sparked a storm of criticism when she give a strident speech in favour of legalising abortion in demand. Zappone demanded that it was time to stop granting equal rights to preborn babies and called for abortion to be legalised. She had previously taken part in the ‘March for Choice’ last September which called for abortion to be available without restriction.