Legislation protecting the unborn from abortion beyond twelve weeks’ gestation must be scrapped, a group in the Republic of Ireland has said.
The Irish Family Planning Association (IFPA) claims the country’s already liberal laws are not lax enough, and that abortion up to birth should now be allowed.
IFPA is affiliated to pro-abortion giant the International Planned Parenthood Federation.
IFPA’s chief executive Niall Behan claimed the law is “flawed” and in need of ‘review and reform’.
He added: “There’s a number of areas that need changed. The most urgent and the most important for us right at the moment is the 12-week limit”.
Behan also criticised the mandatory three-day reflection period, which gives women “time to think over the decision” after having requested an abortion.
Following the vote to repeal the Republic’s strong pro-life laws in 2018, 13,243 reported abortions have taken place.
In Northern Ireland, abortion is a devolved matter but a radical regime was forced on the Province by Westminster in March 2020, angering NI politicians.
Westminster’s enforced legislation means Northern Ireland now has the most liberal abortion law in the UK, with abortion allowed up to 12 weeks without having to give a reason, and up to 24 weeks for most reasons.
Unborn children with conditions such as Down’s syndrome, cleft palate and club foot can be aborted after the 24-week limit.