A 250% increase in abortions sparks controversy in Ireland: thousands march in Dublin


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On the evening of June 8, 2024, the Department of Health made public the total number of notifications that were received for abortions that were carried out in Ireland during the previous year.

It reveals that there were 10,033 abortions in 2023, which corresponds to the highest number ever recorded since the law was changed in 2019.

Providing commentary on the most recent figures, the spokesperson for the Pro Life Campaign, Eilís Mulroy, stated that since the new law went into effect, there has been a staggering increase of 250% in the number of abortions, which is very concerning.

It is imperative that the government put an end to the complete lack of concern that it has shown toward this tragedy and the loss of life. In the referendum that took place six years ago, senior members of the current government who supervised the introduction of the new abortion regime made a promise that abortions would be “rare” if the people voted to allow it.

When confronted with the issue, these very same members of government either flee for cover or make remarks that are glib and cavalier whenever the rate of abortion in Ireland continues to spiral upward.

In order to fulfill their responsibility, they must accept ownership of what they have created.

The decision made by the government to release the most recent figures after 7 o’clock on a Friday evening demonstrates how much the government wants to avoid a discussion about the appalling situation that they have created.

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In light of the fact that the government is so indifferent to the horror of what is taking place, Mulroy doesn’t believe that any significant steps will be taken to reduce the abortion rate until a greater number of members of the Dáil who are pro-life are elected to their positions.

When it comes to this particular matter, the outcomes of the most recent local elections were very encouraging. It is imperative to make sure that a large number of the pro-life council members of today become tomorrow’s senators and TDs.

Ms. Mulroy then continued that when compared to the 2,879 abortions that took place in Ireland in 2018, the year before the law was changed, the number of abortions that took place in 2023 is 10,033, which is a 250% increase.

The rise in the number of abortions that has occurred since 2018 is still truly enormous, even if you accept the highly dubious figure that is advanced by proponents of abortion, which states that an additional thousand abortions were carried out annually due to the use of illegal abortion pills prior to the repeal.

At this point in time, Murloy expressed that they have arrived at a situation in which one baby is terminated from life by abortion for every six babies that are born in Ireland.

Moreover, at the same time, it is difficult to comprehend the magnitude of these numbers. The manner in which the Minister of Health and other individuals have responded to this tragedy with a dismissive attitude is not only undemocratic but also unconscionable.

Furthermore, it is imperative that voices other than those who are vehemently in favor of abortion be given a seat at the table where decisions are made.

Instead of being mocked, as is currently the case, women who become pregnant unexpectedly should be encouraged to learn about available support systems and alternatives to abortion.

Ultimately, the political row over these recommendations continues, with pro-choice and pro-life groups voicing their opinions on the matter. It remains to be seen whether meaningful action will be taken to address the concerns raised by pro-life advocates and reduce Ireland’s abortion rate.

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