A total of 83 terminations of pregnancy took place within the State last year by women registered as living in Clare, a Department of Health annual report has revealed.
The published report released last month in accordance with The Health (Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy) Act 2018, details a figure of 6,557 terminations of pregnancy that took place within the state in 2020.

Clare accounted for 83 of last year’s total, an increase of 10 from the previous year (73). An emphatic Yes vote was recorded in Clare during the May 2018 Referendum, tallying 64 per cent of the vote within the county at the time.

Dublin at 2,414 recorded the highest figures for the second year in a row. Cork (645), Limerick (278) and Galway (274) all recorded the next highest figures. Leitrim (28) had the lowest number.

The report which covers the time period between January 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020 showed that out of a total of 6,557 terminations of pregnancy, 20 were as a result of risk to life, five a risk to life or health in an emergency, 97 in a condition likely to lead to death of foetus and 6,455 to an early pregnancy.

January (709), March (654) and April (639) accounted for the top three highest recorded figures nationwide, whilst December (327) recoded the lowest number of terminations of pregnancy.

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