More than 600 pregnancy terminations in Cork last year

More than 600 pregnancy terminations in Cork last year

The Department of Health has published the annual report on the Health (Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy) Act 2018.

A NEW report shows there were 606 terminations of pregnancy notified from individuals residing in Cork last year.

The Department of Health has published the annual report on the Health (Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy) Act 2018.

This is the first annual report to be published since the grounds on which termination of pregnancy is lawfully permitted were expanded in Ireland, following the result of the 2018 referendum on the amendment of the Constitution.

The report shows that 6,666 terminations of pregnancy were notified in Ireland in 2019.

These were notified for individuals living across the country, with 2,493 terminations of pregnancy notified from individuals residing in Dublin. The vast majority of terminations, 6,542, were carried out in early pregnancy, 100 related to a “condition likely to lead to death of foetus”, 21 related to a “risk to life or health”, and three related to a “risk to life or health in an emergency”, the report showed.

A month-by-month analysis of the data shows that January had the highest number of terminations, with 625.

February had the lowest number, at 490.

Cork-based GP and one of the founding members of Doctors for Choice, Dr Mary Favier, said that the publication of the data was important.

“I welcome the publication of this really important health information. The numbers are not a surprise: There was a lot of concern about floodgates opening and this didn’t transpire,” Dr Favier said.

Dr Favier said the data shows there is very good availability of termination-of-pregnancy services up to week 12, and pointed out that access to services in Cork is high, with Cork having more providers per capita than any other county in the country.

Amnesty International Ireland also welcomed the publication of the report.

“Last year, 6,666 women and girls were able to receive abortion care within our own health system,” said Colm O’Gorman, executive director of Amnesty International Ireland.

“To go from a country that exiled women seeking abortions two years ago to one that is caring for them at home is such an important step forward.

“There are some wide variations in the numbers across counties, though.

“The new government must ensure abortion services are available and accessible to all pregnant people in the State,” Mr O’Gorman said.

The Pro Life Campaign said the impact of repeal was “very apparent” in the figures.

“Those adopting an attitude to the latest figures of ‘nothing to see here, everything is fine and going to plan’ are downplaying the loss of life caused by the recent introduction of abortion here, as evidenced in today’s numbers,” said Pro Life Campaign spokesperson, Maeve O’Hanlon.

“When you add today’s figure of 6,666 abortions to the 375 abortions on women from Ireland who travelled to England in the same period, the figure amounts to 7,041 in total.

“This compares with a figure of 2,879 for the full year of 2018,” she added.

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