Abortion Numbers Jump by 25% to 8,500 in 2022 – Tóibín
The number of abortions jumped a devastating 25% in just the last year. Today the Minister for Health stated on the news at that over 8,500 women availed of abortion services last year. Leader of Aontú Peadar Tóibín stated:
“These figures are devasting. Over 8,500 lives were ended by the states abortion laws last year. This is a jump in the numbers losing their lives of 25% in just one year. In the 4 years that the law has been in place nearly 28,500 babies have been aborted. This is equivalent to the population of Kilkenny City. It’s the equivalent of 1,228 class rooms of children. It’s the equivalent of 76 primary schools of children who are no longer alive as a result of this governments legislation. Its truly heart breaking”.
“Despite Ireland’s abortion rate radically increasing last year, the Minister for Health stated today that the Abortion Review’s objective is to increase access to abortion even more in Ireland. 85% of abortions in Ireland are due to socio economic reasons. For many mothers these are in reality austerity abortions. Should the objective of the review not include providing economic supports to mothers to actually ensure that they have a choice? Why is the ideological commitment to increase access to abortion now trumping any other potential support or solution for mothers in a crisis pregnancy. Homeless mothers are pregnant but the focus is to provide more abortion access. The cost of childcare is sky high but the focus of government is to increase access to abortion. Why do pregnancy advice centres not provide advice on economic supports for mothers and their children as a matter of course. We need real humane and compassionate supports for their mother and their children”. CRIOCH