Reduction in number of local abortions last year

Jul 14, 2022 12:43 By Shannonside News
Reduction in number of local abortions last year
HSE Staff
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The HSE cannot exactly confirm the total due to the HSE cyber attack.

The Shannonside region recorded a thirty percent drop reduction in the number of women who accessed abortion services last year.

There were 2,000 fewer abortions reported to the Department of Health last year compared to 2020.

The third annual report on terminations shows there were 4,577 in 2021.


Under the current law, GPs and hospitals must notify the Department of Health of an abortion and the grounds it was approved.

Latest figures show 4,513 early medical abortions were notified to the department last year and 53 abortions were carried out on the grounds of a fatal foetal anomaly.

In the Shannonside region, 101 women accessed abortion services in hospitals or medical centres last year - down from 133 on 2020 statistics


Twenty-two women with addresses in Leitrim accessed termination of life services last year for an abortion - down from 28 the year before.

38 women from Roscommon accessed abortion services in Ireland last year down from a total of 53 in 2020.

There was also drop in the figures for Longford last year compared to 2020 as the total dipped from 52 to 41 year on year.


The Department says there was also a significant decrease in notifications from May through to August.

It says this coincided with the cyberattack on the HSE - and says that's likely to have led to the large reduction in notifications during that period.

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