Women Are Safer Without Abortion

At a Glance

What's this about?

The Safer Without Abortion campaign gathered women from throughout Ireland to send a powerful message: removing Ireland's pro-life laws would be detrimental to women's healthcare.

Women safer without abortion

The Irish experience - and the scientific evidence - tells us that women are safest where abortion is not provided as an answer to a crisis pregnancy. An abortion Bill brought before the Dáil (Parliament) falsely claimed that abortion was beneficial to women.

Our SAFER WITHOUT ABORTION campaign gathered women from throughout Ireland to send a powerful message.

We send letters to every elected representative and Senator explaining that women are safer without abortion.

Then we held colourful, high-profile public events attended by hundreds of women calling on politicians to defend the right to life of unborn children during the debate on the abortion Bill.

In the debate that followed we were glad to see that many politicians had heard and understood our message. The abortion Bill was defeated.

The evidence :

  • The United Nations/WHO report on maternal mortality shows that Ireland, without recourse to abortion, is the safest place in the world for a mother to have a baby. (1)
  • Contrary to assertions by abortion campaigners, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in Ireland have stated that abortion is never medically necessary. (2)
  • The abortion industry exploits women for profit - a recent report of the near death of an Irish woman in a British abortion clinic is just one instance where women's lives are put in danger by the abortion industry. (3) Official investigations by the British Department of Health last month found that significant numbers of abortion clinics - up to 20% - were acting illegally, and that their offences included failing to counsel women and having doctors pre-signing consent forms. (4)
  • A growing body of evidence shows that abortion produces negative mental outcomes for women. Research carried out by Dr David Fergusson and published in the British Journal of Psychiatry found that women who had had abortions had rates of mental disorder that were about 30% higher. (5)

We're safer without abortion - and we want Ireland to continue providing better solutions for mothers and babies.

Some of the coverage that is available on line:

Some other coverage included:

A Summary of the Harmful Effects of Induced Abortion

Most women are never informed of the very serious risks associated with induced abortion.

Do you know that:

  • Abortion can harm a woman’s present and future health
  • A woman’s fertility can be seriously affected by abortion
  • Abortion is linked to the rise in breast cancer amongst women
  • The direct effects of “safe legal abortion” include the death of the mother.
  • Abortion providers including the IFPA and Marie Stopes in Ireland say that women should be allowed to make an “informal choice” about abortion but they hide the physical and psychological damage, abortion does to women.


Woman can and do die from so called safe, legal abortion. Even under the best medical conditions, an experienced practitioner performing a routine abortion can puncture the uterus, the bowel or the bladder causing excessive bleeding, infection and possible death.The medical journal JAMA reported that “complications following abortions performed in free-standing abortion clinics are one of the most frequent gynaecological emergencies encountered.”

A Scandinavian study covering 6 different countries found that “induced abortions make up 20-35% of all maternal mortality”. Causes of maternal mortality arising specifically from induced abortion range from haemorrhage (heavy bleeding), infection to embolism (blood clots) and Cardiomyopathy (disease of the heart muscle).


Case Study

Diana Lopez aged 25; died February 28th 2002 in Los Angeles, California following an abortion in the Los Angeles Planned Parenthood abortion clinic. The L.A. Coroner’s office found she “bled to death after her cervix was punctured during an abortion.” (Source The Los Angeles Times) She is one of many.

Breast Cancer

Research indicates a strong correlation between abortion and the recent upsurge in breast cancer. There have been 33 studies carried out worldwide on the abortion-breast cancer link and of these 27 clearly show a higher rate of breast cancer in women who have had abortions. The National Cancer Institute in the U.S. revealed that women who underwent induced abortions had a 50% greater chance of developing breast cancer than women who had not previously aborted.

Uterine Perforations & Cervical Lacerations

Abortion carries significant risk of uterine laceration or perforation i.e. tearing or piercing of the womb. This can cause severe and excessive bleeding in a woman and can also cause her womb to rupture during labour in a subsequent pregnancy. Normally a woman’s cervix is rigid and tightly closed. In an abortion, the cervix must be stretched open with great force to gain access to the foetus. This can tear the cervical muscle or damage the wall of the womb. This damage permanently weakens the cervix and can lead to pre-mature birth in a later pregnancy.


Abortion can be a major factor in the development of disease, particularly Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (P.I.D.). The most common symptoms of P.I.D. are pelvic pain and fever. More serious symptoms include inflammation of the fallopian tubes and abscesses (infectious growths). These abscesses can rupture, causing a life threatening surgical emergency. When bacteria enter the body, they cause infection and disease. In an abortion, the cervix is forced open allowing easy access for bacteria and other disease-causing organisms to enter.

Post Abortion Syndrome (P.A.S.)

Women experience varying degrees of emotional distress after abortion. A recent Canadianstudy found that 35% of women who had abortions made visits to psychiatrists as compared to 3% who had not had abortions. Post Abortion Syndrome is a type of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Women who suffer from P.A.S. report various symptoms including flashbacks, nightmares, severe depression and anxiety and avoidance of things that remind them of the abortion.


After abortion a number of behaviours have been observed which threaten a woman’s health and ability to cope. These post-abortion behaviours tend to be self-destructive and can include suicide. In 1995, a study undertaken in Finland on 600,000 women, established that the suicide rate in the year following childbirth and the suicide rate in the year following abortion were dramatically different. The study found that women who had an abortion were 6 times more likely to commit suicide than women who had given birth to their babies.



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There Is Never a Need for Abortion

The majority of Irish people are against abortion. That’s always been a major problem for the abortion industry.So now they’re using fear to promote abortion by falsely claiming that abortion is needed to save women’s lives. But that’s simply not true.

Here are the facts:

  • It’s a fact that abortion is never necessary to save the life of a mother - and leading Irish medical experts have already publicly confirmed this fact:
  • As Professor John Bonnar, the Chairman of the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, told a Dáil Committee; “It would never cross an obstetrician’s mind that intervening in a case of pre-eclampsia, cancer of the cervix or ectopic pregnancy is abortion. They are not abortion as far as the professional is concerned, these are medical treatments that are essential to save the life of the mother.”
  • Ireland, without abortion, is the safest place in the world for a mother to have a baby, according to the United Nations.
  • If a mother develops a life-threatening condition in pregnancy, such as cancer or an ectopic pregnancy, they will always be treated, even if that treatment causes the unintentional death of the baby. That’s the situation in Ireland where abortion remains illegal.

We should protect our pro-life laws because they protect both mother and baby.


At a Glance

What's this about?

The Safer Without Abortion campaign gathered women from throughout Ireland to send a powerful message: removing Ireland's pro-life laws would be detrimental to women's healthcare.