Abortion (Ireland)


During the campaign to repeal Ireland’s protections for the unborn, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar pledged that abortion would become “safe, legal and rare”. Yet in the years since the 2018 repeal of the eighth amendment, over 28,000 abortions have already been carried out.

Of the 8,156 abortions carried out in 2022:

only 22 were performed due to the risk to life or health of the mother.

only 4 were emergency situations.

were carried out due to perceived disability

The vast majority, 98.6%, were carried out under the ‘on-demand’ provisions of the law. Thousands of women every year abort their babies without needing to give any reason.


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