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Thursday, 16 July 2015

Department of Health

Hospital Procedures

Photo of Ruth CoppingerRuth Coppinger (Dublin West, Socialist Party)
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528. To ask the Minister for Health the number of terminations carried out under the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act 2013 in 2014 that were abortions; and the number that were caesarean sections. [29970/15]

Photo of Leo VaradkarLeo Varadkar (Minister, Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport; Dublin West, Fine Gael)
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As the Deputy will be aware, the first annual report on the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act has been laid before the Houses of the Oireachtas, as required under Section 20 of the Act. The report covers the period from 1st January 2014 until 31st December 2014.

The report shows that twenty-six medical procedures were carried out under the Act. Of these, fourteen arose from a risk of physical illness, three from a risk from suicide and nine from emergencies arising from physical illness.

The information published on these procedures is restricted in order to limit the risk of identification in what is a private, confidential matter between women and their doctors.

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