Abortion Debate: Groups do not disclose funding

Many activist organisations have not registered with the Standards in Public Office Commission, writes John Burke.

27th April, 2013
A leading US anti-abortion activist has said Irish pro-life groups may receive significant donations from fundraising drives in the US. Photo: PA

Just a handful of the organisations involved in the abortion debate are registered with the Standards in Public Office Commission (Sipo), the state's political funding watchdog.

Under political donor rules, non-political parties that seek or receive donations for political purposes must register with Sipo. Some of the big names involved in the debate are registered with the commission, among them Choice Ireland, a grouping of voluntary bodies in favour of giving women greater choice in...

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