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Rotunda Hospital warns patients about graphic abortion posters outside

The posters are believed to belong to the Irish Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform (ICBR).

The ICBR outside the Rotunda.
The ICBR outside the Rotunda.

DUBLIN’S ROTUNDA HOSPITAL has warned patients attending today that there is graphic imagery outside.

The posters are believed to belong to the Irish Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform (ICBR), who have previously displayed graphic imagery showing foetuses outside the National Maternity Hospital at Holles Street, the Rotunda Hospital and the Coombe Hospital.

In a tweet this afternoon, the hospital said:

“To anyone entering or leaving the Hospital, a warning that there is an anti-abortion group adjacent to the front entrance, displaying posters that may be distressing. Gardai have been notified. Please be mindful in the area.”

Gardaí have been asked if they will attend the scene.

The group – which is opposed to abortion – became notorious during the referendum on the Eighth Amendment by holding large graphic signs around Dublin that claim to show aborted foetuses.

Last month Jean-Simonis Engela from the ICBR told that criticism of his group’s actions was “disingenuous virtue signalling” and that the public “has a right to see” what an aborted foetus looks like.

Engela rejected criticism of holding the posters outside maternity hospitals specifically, and said that people often thank them for being there.

The group’s actions were condemned by both the official Yes and No campaigns.

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