Tuesday, 24 November 2020

Questions (857, 859)

Carol Nolan

Question:

857. Deputy Carol Nolan asked the Minister for Health the number of feticide procedures performed after 21 weeks and six days of gestation in tertiary referral centres from 1 January 2019 to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38379/20]

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Carol Nolan

Question:

859. Deputy Carol Nolan asked the Minister for Health the number of foetuses and-or unborn children who have been known to survive attempted foeticide or late term abortion in Irish hospitals from 1 January 2019 to date (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38368/20]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 857 and 859 together.

The notification forms submitted to the Minister under section 20 of the Health (Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy) Act 2018 do not require the detail the Deputy is seeking to be included on the form or notified to the Minister.

As the Deputy will be aware, the Notifications in accordance with Section 20 of the Health (Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy) Act 2018 - Annual Report 2019 reported that a relatively low number of procedures were carried out under section 11 of the Act last year (97).

Where relatively small numbers are involved, it is important to note that section 20 of the Act precludes reports published by the Minister from including information that could identify, or reasonably lead to the identification of, medical practitioners or women involved.