Taoiseach is criticised for Canada abortion talks

Taoiseach is criticised for Canada abortion talks An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar
Staff Reporter

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has been asked not to endorse an attempt by foreign powers to influence abortion legislation in Ireland.

Independent TD Mattie McGrath released a statement calling on the Taoiseach to “distance himself and this country from any suggestion that we might emulate Canadian abortion policy”.

This comes as Mr Varadkar confirmed he had spoken to the Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, about abortion.

Canada has one of the most permissive abortion legislation in the world, and allows abortions throughout the entire pregnancy term.

Dr Ruth Cullen of the Pro Life Campaign described the legislation as “truly barbaric”, adding that since 2000, 491 babies in Canada survived botched abortions.


“The Taoiseach has never formally met with groups at home representing women who regret their abortions or mums who say they owe the life of their child to the 8th Amendment. Yet, when he travels abroad he’s happy to converse with foreign leaders on the issue and brief them on his plans. It doesn’t make sense. In fact, it’s inexcusable.”