• Clodagh Meaney

New figures give insight into first year of abortion care in Ireland

Abortion services became available in Ireland last January

By Clodagh Meaney

New figures released by the Department of Health give an insight into Ireland's first year offering abortion care.

The figures show that 6,666 terminations took place during 2019.

6,542 abortions took place during early pregnancy, with 100 taking place where there was a risk to the mother's life or health.

24 terminations occurred where there was a condition present in the foetus meaning it would be an unviable pregnancy likely to end in miscarriage.

67 people from Northern Ireland accessed abortion in the Republic of Ireland, with a further 525 from unidentified locations, and 15 from locations outside of Ireland.

Figures show that 2,493 people from Dublin accessed abortion care during the same year.

Further statistics from England and Wales released earlier this month show that 375 people from across Ireland visited the UK to access abortion care last year.

Chief Executive Niall Behan of the Irish Family Planning Association said in a statement: "At least one woman a day continues to travel abroad for abortion."

"These women and girls are from every county in Ireland. They should have been able to access care at home."

“The statistics show what we already knew: not everyone in Ireland who needs abortion care can access it here at home; either because their pregnancy falls outside the law or because care is not accessible locally.”

Legislation allowing for abortion in Ireland came into affect on January 1st 2019.

It came following a referendum in May 2018 to repeal the Eight Amendment which resulted in 66.4% of people voting to allow for termination up to 12 weeks into a pregnancy, and in limited circumstances thereafter, such as when there is a risk to the life of the pregnant person.

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