The Pro Life Campaign has said that if Ireland’s abortion laws are being questioned during the Taoiseach’s Canadian visit, then the “barbaric” abortion laws of Canada must also be discussed. The PLC was responding to reports that abortion was one of issues discussed by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau when they met earlier today.

Referring to pro-choice attempts to make abortion an issue during the trip, Pro Life Campaign spokesperson Dr Ruth Cullen said: “I’m a little surprised that abortion campaigners are using the Taoiseach’s trip to Canada to try and drum up support for abortion in Ireland given Canada’s particularly grotesque abortion laws. Canada in effect provides no legal protection for unborn babies throughout the entire nine months of pregnancy. 

She continued: “Official Canadian figures show that over a ten year period starting in 2000, 491 babies who survived botched abortions were abandoned by medical staff and left to die alone in the corners of hospitals.* These figures reveal the chilling and truly barbaric reality of legalised abortion.

“It’s a bit much the way Ireland’s pro-life laws are constantly attacked with little or no criticism or debate on what happens in other countries. Implied in the criticism of Ireland is that countries like Canada offer an example to the world when it comes to abortion legislation. An incredible 1 in 5 pregnancies in Canada end in abortion and there is no legal protection for unborn babies, right up to birth.

“If an issue is going to be made of Ireland’s abortion laws in the coming days, then the inconvenient truth about Canada’s abortion law must also be front and centre of any discussion.”


*Statistics Canada. Table 102-0536 – Deaths, by cause, Chapter XVI: Certain conditions originating in the perinatal period, (2012)