15.07.2022 – Abortion GPs claimed over €3 million in 2021 for performing terminations, but many of them never bothered notifying the Minister for Health as required under the law

15.07.2022 – Abortion GPs claimed over €3 million in 2021 for performing terminations, but many of them never bothered notifying the Minister for Health as required under the law

On Wednesday, the Department of Health released the abortion figures for 2021, revealing that approximately 6,700 abortions occurred during that calendar year. They issued a supplementary note with the figures claiming they still had to confirm the precise figure for the year as over 2,000 notifications to the Minister for Health had not been filed for abortions that had taken place. However, the GPs who carried out the terminations and who were meant to submit the notifications all managed to submit their claims on time to receive payment for the 6,700 abortions they performed.

Abortion providing GPs are paid €450 for each termination they carry out, bringing the figure for 2021 to over €3 million of taxpayers’ money spent on GPs alone to end the lives of unborn babies. This figure does not include the amount paid out to medics in hospital settings for performing surgical abortions.

The Department of Health cited the 2021 cyber attack on the HSE and Covid-19 as possible reasons why so many GPs had failed to file the proper notifications with the Minister for Health for the abortions they had performed. However, the explanation given by the Department does not add up when all the GPs who carried out abortions somehow found a way to get paid in full for what they did, in spite of the cyber attack or Covid-19.

Not only were 6,700 babies killed by abortion in Ireland in 2021 but many of the doctors who ended these innocent lives didn’t even show them the respect of recording their passing by notifying the Minister for Health as they’re obliged to do under the law. When it came to getting paid, however, the doctors in question made certain they were remunerated in full for their dastardly deeds. It’s another stark reminder of the cold and callous reality of legalised abortion.

The figures released by the Department of Health year on year do not include the number of abortions carried out in England on women from Ireland. This figure is 775 abortions from 2019-2021, bringing the total number of Irish abortions over the past three years to 20,718.

Read our press statement on the latest abortion figures here

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