I thank Deputies Bríd Smith, O’Reilly and Shortall for raising this issue. I agree with them and, more importantly, so do many practitioners providing services to women in crisis. We have come a long way in this House working together on these issues. We should be ensuring that we continue to protect the rights of women during this time of a global pandemic.
Early yesterday morning, Labour released their manifesto, highlighting what they plan to implement into the UK should they win the election. When searching their manifesto for 2019 online, the headlines appear to focus on the topic of how Labour pledge to bring hope to Britain, yet it is not so easy for pro-lifers to find out their stance on abortion. In fact, in the manifesto itself, the word “abortion” is only used twice throughout the entire document; and you have to read carefully to find it.
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in Britain fell again to 2,879 - more than a 50% decline since 2001 - in the same year that the 8th amendment was repealed and abortion legalised in Ireland.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.