Number of Irish abortions in UK drops again
There has been a further drop in the number of women who give Irish addresses having abortions in the UK.
The numbers decreased from 4,402 to 4,149 between 2010 and 1011, according to the latest figures. This compares to 6,673 back in 2001.
The HSE Crisis Pregnancy Programme (formerly the Crisis Pregnancy Agency) says the numbers of Irish women travelling to the UK for abortions has decreased each year for the past 10 years.
The number of women traveling from Ireland to clinics in the Netherlands was 42 in 2005, 461 in 2006, 451 in 2007, 351 in 2008, 134 in 2009 and 31 in 2010.
Dr Stephanie O'Keeffe, Director of the HSE Crisis Pregnancy Programme said since the establishment of the HSE Crisis Pregnancy Programme there has been a sustained decline in the number of women giving Irish addresses at abortion clinics in the UK and in the Netherlands.
"Survey data published by the HSE earlier this month also showed higher levels of condoms and contraceptive use among young adults, with 80% stating they use contraception every time they have sex."
Dr O'Keeffe said it was important not to be complacent and ensure that all women are aware that post-abortion medical check-ups and post-abortion counselling are available free of charge to women on their return to Ireland.
A list of services is available on abortionaftercare.ie.
[Posted: Wed 30/05/2012]