DATA published by the Department of Health show that 83 women with Clare addresses had termination of pregnancy procedures carried out in Ireland in 2020.
The figure is an increase of ten on 2019, the first year for which statistics are available on procedures under the Health (Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy) Act.
The increase, of almost 14%, bucks the national trend which showed a slight year-on-year decrease from 6,666 to 6,577.
Within the Mid-Western region, 278 women with Limerick addresses had terminations in 2020, an increase of 52 on 2019.
Those who gave Tipperary addresses accounted for 161 of the national total last year, down 13 on the figure for 2019.
Nationally, 97 procedures were carried out last year because of a fatal foetal abnormality; 6,455 in early pregnancy under Section 12 of the Act.
Twenty were related to a risk to life or health while five related to a risk to life or health in an emergency.
Under the law, the Minister for Health must be notified of each termination of pregnancy and provided with details of the medical practitioner involved.
The county of residence, or place of residence of the women concerned, is also provided to the minister, but no identifying information is included.
The law also requires the minister to publish an annual, national report by June 30 every year and to present it to the Houses of the Oireachtas.
No information that could lead to the identification of either the women or medical practitioners involved may be included in that report.
Fiona McGarry joined The Clare Champion as a reporter after a four-year stint as producer of Morning Focus on Clare FM. Prior to that she worked for various radio, print and online titles, including Newstalk, Maximum Media and The Tuam Herald.
Fiona’s media career began in her native Mayo when she joined Midwest Radio. She is the maker of a number of radio documentaries, funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI). She has also availed of the Simon Cumbers Media Fund to report on development issues supported by Irish Aid in Haiti.
She won a Justice Media Award for a short radio series on the work of Bedford Row Project, which supports prisoners and families in the Mid-West. Fiona also teaches on the Journalism programmes at The University of Galway.
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