Protest asks Irish Times to ‘tell the truth on abortion’

Protest asks Irish Times to ‘tell the truth on abortion’ A group of about 60 people protested outside the offices of The Irish Times in Dublin last Saturday following the paper’s admission that an abortion they reported on “did not happen”. Photo: Paul Keeling

A protest outside The Irish Times offices in Dublin last Saturday heard women ask the paper to “tell the truth on abortion” and stop misleading the public.


The protest took place as controversy continues over the clarification by The Irish Times that its report of the “first abortion carried out under new legislation” “did not happen”.


“We’re calling on The Irish Times to tell the truth on abortion; to stop hurting women by wrongfully insisting that necessary medical interventions are abortions; and to stop misleading the public as to the facts,” said Niamh Uí Bhriain of the Life Institute who organised the event with Youth Defence.


Maria Mhic Mheanmain, a mother whose baby was delivered prematurely when Maria’s life was at risk because of pre-eclampsia, said that the paper needed to recognise that neither women nor doctors described these interventions as abortions.


“The clarification offered by The Irish Times raises more questions than it answers. What agenda were they trying to push?” she said. “Women deserve better than this, and so do the public.”