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Number of abortions carried out in past year rises to 51

The number of legal abortions carried out in Northern Ireland rose by 16 in the past year.

The number of legal abortions carried out in Northern Ireland rose by 16 in the past year.

The number of abortions performed in Northern Ireland in the past year rose by 16.

Statistics released by the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety showed that 51 terminations of pregnancy occurred in the 2012-2013 year, up from 35 for the previous year.

Of these 14 terminations were carried out on women aged 24 and under.

More than a third of the total abortions carried out took place in the South Eastern Trust which covers the Ards, North Down, Down and Lisburn areas.

The department said the data collected in relation to termination over the past seven years shows figures fluctuate.

One termination was carried out on a woman not normally resident in Northern Ireland, the figures showed.

Twenty-six of the terminations were carried out on women aged 20 and over, while 11 were carried out on women aged 25 to 29.

A Department of Health spokesman said: ‘The statistics released by the Department relate to terminations of pregnancy carried out by Health and Social Care Trusts in Northern Ireland. All Health and Social Care Trusts must comply with the law.”

 

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