Abortion & Ireland: Abortion conference about propagandising rather than addressing women’s health

Abortion & Ireland: Abortion conference about propagandising rather than addressing women’s health


Abortion conference about propagandising rather than sincere attempt to address women's health

8th October 2010

The first “All Ireland Conference on Abortion and Clinical Practice” takes place today in the Slieve Donard Hotel in Newcastle, Co Down. It is hosted by the Irish Family Planning Association (IFPA) and its counterpart in Britain, the Family Planning Association (IFA). Several of the speakers addressing the conference are doctors who perform abortions in the UK, including some who participate in late term abortions.

Commenting on the conference, Dr Ruth Cullen of the Pro-Life Campaign said:

The motivation behind this conference is clearly to propagandise in favour of abortion rather than being a sincere attempt to address issues relating to women’s health.

In fact, abortion advocacy groups like the Irish Family Planning Association (IFPA) are in total denial regarding the latest peer reviewed studies, published in reputable journals like the British Journal of Psychiatry, showing the long-term negative consequences of abortion for women.[1]

Also, the latest UN study on women’s health in pregnancy (published two weeks ago) shows that Ireland, without abortion, is a world leader in maternal care and is a much safer country to be pregnant in than countries like Britain where abortion is legal on demand and up to birth where the baby has a disability. This is a remarkable statistic but pro-choice simply continue to ignore this and other compelling evidence.[2]

It’s a fact the fewer and fewer doctors wish to be involved in the inhumane practice of abortion so it is not surprising that groups like Marie Stopes and the IFPA are trying to normalise abortion despite the fact that the vast majority of Irish people are opposed to it being made available here.[3] 

[1] David M. Fergusson, L. John Horwood and Joseph M. Boden, "Abortion and mental health disorders: evidence from a 30-year longitudinal study," The British Journal of Psychiatry                (2008), 2008, pp. 444-451

[2] Report on Maternal Mortality by World Health Organisation, UNICEF, UNFPA and the World Bank

[3] Millward Brown Lansdowne market research, February 2010

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