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Wednesday 26 July 2017

17 women had abortions following rape last year

Eilish O'Regan Health Correspondent

Seventeen women who became pregnant after being raped had abortions last year, new figures reveal.

The Rape Crisis Network Ireland said it was contacted by 90 women who became pregnant after being raped.

They were among 2,036 female survivors of sexual violence who attended the Rape Crisis Centres last year.

Two of the women became pregnant more than once as a result of rape and had "different outcomes in each pregnancy", said executive director Fiona Neary.

Meanwhile, bosses of Ireland's first private abortion clinic have refused to say how many terminations have been carried out since the facility opened its doors in Belfast last year.

Despite persistent questioning from members of Stormont's justice committee during a tense two-hour meeting yesterday, the director of Marie Stopes International repeatedly refused to reveal the number of abortions the clinic has granted so far.

Tracey McNeill insisted that to reveal the number would breach client confidentiality.

Irish Independent

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