Wednesday 17 July 2019

26 pregnancies terminated in Ireland last year - three on risk of suicide grounds

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Eilish O’Regan

THREE women had their pregnancies terminated last year on risk of suicide grounds.

They were among 26 terminations which were carried out in Irish maternity hospitals in 2015 under the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act.

Fourteen pregnancies were terminated due to physical illness and nine were in cases of emergency where a woman’s life was at risk.

The figures are contained in the annual report which the Department of Health must produce on foot of the legislation.

This is the second annual report since the legislation was commenced.

In 2014 there were also  26 terminations of pregnancy .Three of the cases were of women who were shown to be at risk of suicide as a result of their pregnancy.

The other twenty-three cases were related to the woman's health such as physical illnesses and emergency situations.

The figures illustrate that fears that allowing risk of suicide would “open the floodgates” have not materialised.

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