Tuesday, 2 July 2019

Ceisteanna (478)

Mattie McGrath

Ceist:

478. Deputy Mattie McGrath asked the Minister for Health the number of terminations of pregnancy carried out here in each of the years 2013 to 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28110/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

The Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act 2013 was enacted on 30 July 2013 and commenced on 1 January 2014.

Section 20 of the Act 2013 required that the Minister for Health be notified of each termination of pregnancy no later than 28 days after it took place. Notifications were recorded in the form set out in the “Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act 2013 (Section 20) (Notifications) Regulations 2013” (Statutory Instrument no. 546 of 2013). Section 20 also required the Minister to prepare a yearly report by 30 June on the notifications provided to him under section 20 in the previous calendar year and lay it before the Houses of the Oireachtas. Reports excluded any identifying information on the women or doctors involved.

The following table sets out the number of terminations carried out in each of the years 2014 to 2018, the five years the Act was in operation:

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

Total

26

26

25

15

32

The Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act 2013 was repealed under section 5 of the Health (Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy) Act 2018.