Planned Parenthood Using a Member of the Irish Parliament to Push Abortion in Ireland

International   |   Cora Sherlock   |   May 20, 2014   |   9:32AM   |   Dublin, Ireland

The Pro Life Campaign has said that it is indefensible the way some members of the Irish Parliament are publicly supporting a campaign by the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), which is being promoted by the Irish Family Planning Association (IFPA) given that the campaign advocates abortion without any restrictions whatsoever.

plannedparenthood24In particular, the actions of Senator Jillian van Turnhout  were highlighted recently when she tweeted her support for the IPPF campaign which advocates abortion throughout the full nine months of pregnancy and for any reason whatsoever.

The Senator’s comments on Twitter invited support for the campaign from her followers – but there was no indication that she objected to the fact that it advocates such an extreme form of abortion.  It is even more astounding that the Senator would support this campaign which is promoted by the IFPA after staying silent when the IFPA was exposed in the Irish media for giving life-endangering information to women.

We now know that IFPA counselors advised women to lie to their doctors and say they had a miscarriage and not an abortion if they had any physical complications following their abortion. The seriousness of what was going on cannot be dismissed lightly.  Women’s lives were being put at risk as a result of the IFPA’s advice. This scandal which took place in a tax-funded counselling facility also revealed a complete and total disregard for the welfare of women, yet members of the Irish Parliament like Senator van Turnhout now see fit to support a campaign promoted by the IFPA after having had nothing to say about these shocking revelations.



The  new “I Decide” campaign which is being promoted worldwide by the IPPF should come as no real surprise to anyone familiar with the agenda of that group,which seeks to normalize abortion throughout the full nine months of pregnancy.  The IFPA supports this initiative, and both groups have a consistent record of blurring the distinction between life-saving medical interventions in pregnancy and induced abortion, where the life of the baby is directly and intentionally targeted.

This latest intervention by Senator van Turnhout highlights the need for members of Parliament to start asking hard questions about what is really going on in these global campaigns – before seeing fit to promote them to the Irish public.