PLC accused TD of “crass disregard” for women’s health

Politicians display “one-sided” stance on abortion

Staff reporter

The Pro Life Campaign (PLC) has criticised Fine Gael TD Olivia Mitchell over remarks she made attacking those involved in an undercover investigation that exposed life-endangering counselling practices at clinics run by the taxpayer-funded Irish Family Planning Association (IFPA).

Ms Mitchell was responding to news that the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) does not intend to prosecute the IFPA over the dangerous advice it gave to women in crisis pregnancies.

The Dublin South TD welcomed the DPP’s decision not to prosecute and said that such undercover investigations were potentially “damaging to women’s health”, according to The Sunday Times.

Responding to Deputy Mitchell’s comments, Cora Sherlock, PLC deputy chairperson, said: “It is an absolute disgrace the way Deputy Mitchell has chosen to vent her anger at those who carried out the undercover investigation and not those who gave life-endangering advice to women.

“By adopting this stance, she is displaying a crass disregard for women’s health.

“The refusal of so many politicians to condemn what was going on in IFPA clinics is a very graphic illustration of how one-sided the debate on abortion is at present,” she said.