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CAROL NOLAN: HSE confirm millions for abortions but  ‘pittance’ for pregnancy counselling

The Independent TD for Laois Offaly and strong pro-life advocate, Carol Nolan, recently exposed the fact that the HSE had provided an incredible €2.9 million in payments to GP’s and Clinics who provided abortions in a community setting in 2019.

Deputy Nolan has now obtained further information, following another series of Parliamentary Questions to the Minister for Health, which confirms that the HSE allocated a paltry €84.6 thousand for the National Counselling Service (NCS) for the Midlands Crisis Pregnancy Counselling Service in 2019.

“We now know that the government is happy to spend millions on abortion, but only allocates a pittance towards life-affirming measures which would help women keep their babies,” Deputy Nolan commented.

She said that from this ‘insultingly’ low sum, the Midlands Crisis Pregnancy Service is somehow supposed to offer:

  • Continued Pregnancy Support Counselling for women who experience an unplanned pregnancy and have complex psychological needs. This can include their partners or other family members impacted by the pregnancy who would benefit from Counselling.
  • Specialist Counselling and Psychotherapy is also available for women whose pregnancy becomes a crisis at any time during the pregnancy and maybe experiencing acute distress, persistent disruption to daily life or the impact of pre-existing stressors due to health reasons, relationship break down or domestic abuse.
  • Abortion Counselling for women and their partners and last, but by no means least:
  • Post Abortion Counselling for both women and men affected by a termination of a pregnancy, whether recently or in the past.

In addition to this the Midlands service also offer some specialist counselling and psychotherapy to women and their families who have experienced miscarriage, stillbirth, and traumatic births.

Commenting on the funding information that she has obtained, Deputy Nolan said:

“What we have here is very clear evidence that the provision of abortion ‘services’ are being prioritised at every level. Financially, structurally and politically, the entire focus within the health service is on ramping up the delivery of abortion infrastructure while leaving critical and possibly life changing support services to operate on a shoestring budget.  

“There is simply no way that this government, just like the last, can say that it is serious about helping women and their families to be properly supported. The variation in budget allocations makes this depressingly clear.  

“I will be calling on the Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly to provide far greater levels of support to women and families in the Midlands who need to access these services, in particular that of Post Abortion counselling which is going to be a massive ‘growth area’ in the years to come.” 

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