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Pro Life Campaign says not a cent of the €20m spent on abortion provision has been allocated for positive alternatives

DUBLIN: Pro Life Campaign noted that despite allocating large sums of money for the roll-out of abortion provision, not a cent of the fund has been spent on promoting positive alternatives to abortion.

The statement by the Irish anti-abortion advocacy organization came as HSE reveals that more than €20 million has been allocated to abortion provision in hospitals and community settings across Ireland since the abortion started in January 2019.

The HSE disclosed the expenditure on abortion in a written response to a parliamentary question from Aontú leader Peadar Tóibín. It said that €11.5 million was allocated in 2019 and a further €9.5 million in 2020.

The spokesperson for the Pro Life Campaign, Eilís Mulroy, said that it is evident from these figures that the fund was used to cover the costs of abortion provision and advertising. “It is also very apparent from the breakdown that not a cent of the vast allocation of funding was spent on promoting positive alternatives to abortion, or on ensuring that women contemplating abortion are informed about these alternatives and the supports that are available,” she said.

“In 2019, the first year of the rollout of abortion provision, there was a 60% increase in the number of abortions that took place. The figures for 2020 will be released later this year.  It is a national scandal that the people who presided over a 60% increase in abortions in a single year are the very same people who are stonewalling women from getting access to information about positive alternatives to abortion. It is also a scandal that taxpayers’ money is being used to fund abortions and facilitate an extreme pro-abortion agenda.

“We must continue to take every opportunity to challenge and expose what is taking place in the name of ‘choice’ and to find better solutions for women in unplanned pregnancy and their babies”, Ms. Mulroy concluded.

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