Abortion in Ireland

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Pro-lifers react with dismay to news that Irish government plans to fine for praying near abortion clinic

Aug 9, 2022

By Madeleine Teahan

Pro-life campaigners and advocates for religious freedom in Ireland have expressed dismay following the news that the Irish Government intends... Read more


Stats show Irish women benefit from waiting period before abortion, observers say

Nov 12, 2021

By Kevin J. Jones

About 1,500 Irish women in 2020 decided not to go through with an abortion after seeking an initial consultation. Critics... Read more

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Call for public inquiry in Ireland as couple settle abortion case

Jun 29, 2021

By CNA Staff

Peadar Tóibín made the appeal as the defendants admitted liability at the High Court in Dublin. Read more

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6,666 abortions performed in Ireland last year after repeal of pro-life law

Jun 30, 2020

A total of 6,666 abortions were performed in Ireland in the first year following the repeal of the country’s pro-life... Read more

Stella Creasy MP.

UK company apologizes for pro-life billboard aimed at local MP

Oct 7, 2019

An advertising company has has apologized for displaying a pro-life billboard in the United Kingdom, saying it will remove the... Read more

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Nurses petition Irish govenment on freedom of conscience

Nov 27, 2018

Irish nurses and midwives have called on the government to protect their freedom of conscience following the legalization of abortion... Read more

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Will Ireland’s abortion vote launch a new pro-life party?

Nov 24, 2018

By Kevin J. Jones

Peadar Toibin, an Irish lawmaker who was suspended from the Sinn Fein political party for voting against legalizing abortion, is... Read more

Irish health minister proposes abortion free-of-charge

Sep 24, 2018

Irish Health Minister Simon Harris has announced that he intends to make it possible for women in the Republic of... Read more

Legal challenge to abortion law in Northern Ireland delayed

Sep 21, 2018

A legal challenge to the prosecution of a Northern Irish woman who allegedly procured abortifacient medication for her underage daughter... Read more

Irish doctors question readiness to introduce legal abortion

Sep 20, 2018

Most physicians in the Republic of Ireland are unwilling to perform abortions despite the repeal of an amendment which legally... Read more

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Ireland repeals Eighth Amendment, clearing path for legal abortion

Sep 19, 2018

The Eighth Amendment to the Irish Constitution, which provided legal protection for the unborn, was officially repealed Sept. 18. The... Read more

Pro-life demonstrators protest outside the supreme court in London where judges ruled on an appeal against Northern Ireland's abortion laws June 7, 2018.

Court dismisses suit over Northern Ireland abortion law, on technicality

Jun 7, 2018

The UK Supreme Court threw out a case challenging Northern Ireland's abortion law on Thursday, saying the commission which brought... Read more

Sign from the "Save 8 Rally," Ireland, March 10, 2018. Courtesy photo.

125,000 additional Irish register to vote on abortion referendum

May 21, 2018

In advance of an upcoming Irish referendum on abortion legal, more than 100,000 people in the country have registered to... Read more

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Did Irish saints perform abortions? Don’t believe it, scholars say

Apr 28, 2018

By Kevin J. Jones

Faulty history, bad moral analysis and dubious voting advice are behind claims that several cherished Irish saints were involved in... Read more

Save the 8th Rally in Dublin on March 10, 2018. Courtesy photo.

In Ireland, pro-lifers rally by the thousands against legalizing abortion

Mar 12, 2018

By Kevin J. Jones

Some 100,000 Irish pro-life advocates took to the streets across the country on Saturday to oppose legalizing abortion in the... Read more

In Ireland, unborn children's rights axed ahead of abortion repeal vote

Mar 9, 2018

In a decision that some critics are comparing to Roe v. Wade, the Irish Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that... Read more

Recent polls encourage Ireland's pro-life advocates

Feb 20, 2018

As the Republic of Ireland prepares to vote in a referendum that could liberalize the country’s abortion laws, a recent... Read more

Attendees at the Loving the 8th event in Dun Laoghaire.

Hundreds rally in support of Ireland's pro-life amendment

Feb 15, 2018

Hundreds of people rallied in the coastal suburb of Dun Laoghaire, Ireland, on Saturday to show support for the country’s... Read more


Soros money means legal trouble for Amnesty's Ireland abortion campaign

Dec 11, 2017

By Kevin J. Jones

Amnesty International is in no position to oppose an Irish law against foreign political funding now that it is under... Read more