A total of 43 abortions were carried out in County Roscommon last year under new legislation legalising termination of pregnancy in some cases, new figures have revealed which have been presented to the Houses of the Oireachtas.
Of adjoining counties, Galway recorded 280 terminations performed, with Mayo recording a total of 111 terminations. Meanwhile, Sligo had 59 procedures recorded, Westmeath with 104 and Longford with 47 abortions performed. A total of 67 terminations were carried out on women giving an address in Northern Ireland.
A total of 6,666 abortions were carried out in the state last year, the majority of which, 6,542 were carried out on early pregnancies of less than twelve weeks. A total of 21 terminations were carried out under the legislation’s risk-to-life or health category, while three took place because there was a risk to life and health in an emergency.
One hundred abortions were carried out because of a condition likely to lead to the death of the foetus. Leitrim recorded the lowest number of terminations in the twenty-six counties with 27 terminations performed while Dublin with 2,393 cases, was the county with the highest number.