90% don't abort
90% of Irish do not abort when told child 'incompatible with life'
It has been widely reported that most Irish women who are told their baby has been diagnosed with a serious or perhaps fatal fetal abnormality go to the UK for an abortion. Figures as high as 80% have been suggested repeatedly - on RTE's Prime Time for example. The Waterford TD, John Halligan claimed that 1200 Irish women were travelling for abortions to Britain each because their baby had a 'fatal fetal abnormality'.
We know this because the records kept by the British Department of Health not only record all Ground E abortions (abortion on disability grounds) on Irish women, but also record the condition diagnosed, and separate out conditions such as anencephaly, Trisomy 18 (Edwards Syndrome), Trisomy 13 (Patau Syndrome) etc. As you can see from the Table released by the British Department of Health below, in 2011 a total of 51 abortions were carried out on Irish women for reasons of disability - including Down Syndrome and Spina Bifida, which are not fatal abnormalities at all. When we narrow it down to life limiting disorders then we see that the total is 36 abortions.In 2011, for example, 8 babies with anencephaly being carried by Irish women were aborted, 7 babies with Edwards Syndrome were aborted, while 7 babies with Patau's Syndrome also had their lives ended. In 2010, the numbers were slightly higher; in 2009, they were slightly lower.
- Letters Unpublished
- Down Syndrome and Abortion the facts
- Joint Committee on Abortion
- Citizen's Assembly
- Planned Parenthood exposed as selling parts from aborted babies
- Clare Daly's Abortion Bill
- Pregnant? Need help?
- The tragic death of Savita
- 90% don't abort
- a 'fatal' abnormality
- Abortion for mental health
- Committee Hearings: 2013
- Expert Group: 2012
- CAHR: 2001-2007
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- Medical Council
- Other Offical Reports
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- History of pro-life in Ireland and the push for abortion