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Tax-funded charity providing abortions for illegal migrants

The Irish Family Planning Association (IFPA), which is in receipt of significant taxpayer funding, has told an Oireachtas committee that they are providing abortions for “undocumented” migrants.

The comments were made on Wednesday April 27th by Maeve Taylor, the IFPA’s Director of Advocacy and Communications.

Taylor appealed to the HSE to assist with such situations, as currently she argued that the cost is “unsustainable.”

“The IFPA is providing care to undocumented service users,” she said.

“But there’s a lack currently of clear arrangements for reimbursements. And this is problematic – the IFPA is absorbing those costs but this isn’t sustainable. We’re in discussions with the HSE about this, and we hope that this will be resolved.”

This statement seems to imply that the IFPA hopes the HSE will assist with the cost in circumstances where undocumented individuals were unable to pay for their abortion.

The IFPA, which is a registered charity, draws funding from a wide variety of sources, with €259,200 of its income in 2020 coming from its two private clinics.

However, in the same year, a further €200,250, in unrestricted funding was provided by the HSE, and €54,157 from the NCSS.

On top of this, the group received a cumulative total of €1.4 million in restricted funding from various state-run sources, such as the HSE, Dublin County Council, South Dublin County Council, and Pobal. This money was allocated for particular unspecified projects.

The IFPA also accepted an additional €108,730 from Planned Parenthood, and €49,995 from the United Nations Population Fund.

According to the group’s website, all donations are “tax deductible” due to the organisation’s charity status.

Gript reached out to the IFPA to ask, as a group in receipt of taxpayer funding, what was the rationale for providing abortion services to those in breach of Irish immigration law. However, no reply was received.

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