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Thursday 5 December 2019

More Irish women having late abortions

Eilish O'Regan Health Correspondent

THE number of Irish women who were five or more months pregnant when they had an abortion in the UK increased last year.

The numbers of late pregnancy abortions rose to 114, compared with 109 in 2010, it emerged yesterday. The upper legal limit is 24 weeks.

Overall, the number of women from the Republic terminating pregnancies in the UK fell for the 10th year in a row, down marginally from 4,202 in 2010 to 4,149.

There were 791 abortions among women over the age of 35 years and 257 of these were by women aged 40 or over. Some 148 teenagers under the age of 17 years had an abortion.

Dr Stephanie O'Keeffe, head of the HSE's Crisis Pregnancy programme, said the Netherlands was the only other jurisdiction to which women here were travelling for abortion procedures in significant numbers.

The Pro-Life Campaign welcomed the fall in numbers travelling to Britain for abortions.

Irish Independent

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