- Abortion is banned except where a woman’s life is in immediate danger
- Abortion is not permitted where a woman’s health is affected, so women only have a qualified right to healthcare while pregnant.
- Ireland’s abortion law criminalises girls, women and medical professionals.
- Abortion is not permitted in cases of rape or incest.
- Where fatal foetal abnormalities are detected, women are forced to continue their pregnancy to full-term.
- Global research shows that restrictive abortion regimes do not stop abortions from happening. Women have to travel abroad, obtain the abortion pill or seek out unsafe and risky abortions.
- Approximately 4,000 women travel abroad for an abortion every year (mainly to the UK). Girls and women who are unable to travel abroad for financial or other reasons are discriminated against.
- Increasing numbers of women obtain the abortion pill online although medical abortion is prohibited and criminalised. As the importation of abortion pills remains illegal there are no records of how many abortions take place in Ireland using abortion pills. We do know however that in 2014, 1017 abortion pills were seized and in June 2016, 78 abortion pills were seized in just 1 week. These seizures by Customs and An Garda Síochána indicate the demand in Ireland for abortion pills.