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In Ireland, 1 in 6 pregnancies end in abortion

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“Progressive” Republic of Ireland recorded A nearly 20% increase in abortions in 2023 alone, ending one-sixth of all pregnancies. With a total of more than 36,000 abortions performed in the Republic, Ireland's previous position as Europe's bulwark against state-sanctioned abortion is being overturned.

After an intense government campaign, a 2018 referendum legalized abortion up to 12 weeks. Irish pro-life MPs Warning Now the nation's health departments specifically downplay the alternatives for women seeking abortions.

Although a major reason given by proponents of liberalization is perceived risk to the mother's life, the Irish Department of Health Confirmed According to the statement, only 21 abortions were performed last year due to risk to the life or health of the woman.

Due to the legal changes, the abortion rate in the republic is estimated to have increased by 250% in the years following legalization. This figure compares with 2,879 pregnant Irish women recorded in 2018. Chose to surrender to the UK before having an abortion in Ireland.

6,666 abortions were performed Practice During the first year of the new law, this figure gradually increased. Institutional representatives opposites It went as far as a bill to relieve fetal pain Propose new legislation With the goal of banning pro-life activists from entering abortion clinics, it violates civil liberties.

An increase in the number of abortions appears to be reflected in Northern Ireland, where abortion is legalized in a vote by the regional parliament in Stormont in 2020. Number of abortions there pass through From 1,600 to 2,100 in the first year after liberalisation.

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Five years after abortion was legalized, Irish schools Record A significant reduction in the number of students followed by a the fall 20% of the total number of births in a decade.

Despite the explosion in the number of abortions, the Irish government has decided to make abortion laws more liberal. Deputy Prime Minister (Tánaiste) Michael Martin indicated that He also approved the removal of the mandatory three-day waiting period for women seeking abortions.

Thousands of Irish pro-life activists will gather at the annual rally in Dublin this Saturday. They intend to build on victories in recent referendums aimed at further liberalizing the Irish constitution by changing the definition of family.

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