Protest outside pregnancy counselling centre over reports of 'false information' being given to women

Health Minister Simon Harris

A protest was held outside a pregnancy counselling centre last night, over reports it told women that abortion increased the risk of breast cancer.

“The picket was organised by Real-Productive Health, a pro-choice group that was set up in 2013.

“It’s not fair that women are denied their Constitutional right to information,” Muireann Meehan, a spokesperson for the group, said.

An undercover investigation for the Irish edition of The Times found women were being told that abortions increase the risk of breast cancer.

The counsellor also said that women who have terminations can also abuse children they give birth to later, through neglect or ‘over-protection’. These claims were immediately refuted by medical experts.

“For the picket, people travelled from Galway, Belfast, and from other places around the country.

“People left work early and travelled across the city to make it, they made the effort because they care,” Ms Meehan told the Irish Examiner.

Health Minister Simon Harris confirmed that he would discuss potential licensing and regulation of the groups with the attorney general.

Yesterday evening, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said women must be given “truthful information”.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny
Taoiseach Enda Kenny

“Obviously I heard and read about the report myself and clearly women in this situation have to be given absolutely truthful information that is accurate.

“The minister for health will report to Government in due course as to what can be done, and whether that might require regulation or otherwise,” the Taoiseach said.

Meanwhile, the ‘Pro-Life Campaign,’ yesterday held an event outside Leinster House to launch a report outlining lives that were “saved by the provisions,” of the Eighth Amendment.


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