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26 terminations under Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act

Shane Phelan Public Affairs Editor

Published 29/06/2015 | 15:54

SOME 26 terminations have taken place under the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act, independent.ie has learned.

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Three of the cases were due to a risk of suicide, while 23 involved physical risk to the mother.

The figures are expected to be published by Health Minister Leo Varadkar shortly.

Under the legislation, which was signed into law on June 30 last year, the minister is obliged to disclose figures and a report on an annual basis.

That report is due by tomorrow.

The Act allows for a termination of pregnancy where there is a real and substantial risk to a woman’s life from a physical illness, including from the risk of suicide.

The woman must be examined by two medical practitioners who must certify that the risk to her life can only be averted through a termination.

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