CNA Staff, Jun 30, 2020 / 08:30 am
A total of 6,666 abortions were performed in Ireland in the first year following the repeal of the country's pro-life Eighth Amendment, according to official figures released Tuesday.
In its first annual report since the liberalization of abortion laws, Ireland's Department of Health said June 30 that 6,542 of the abortions carried out in 2019 took place during "early pregnancy."
A further 100 were performed because of a "condition likely to lead to death of fetus," 21 because of a "risk to life or health," and three because of a "risk to life or health in an emergency."
Maeve O'Hanlon, spokesperson for the Pro Life Campaign, said: "Those adopting an attitude to the latest figures of 'nothing to see here, everything is fine and going to plan' are downplaying the loss of life caused by the recent introduction of abortion here, as evidenced in today's numbers."