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Northern Ireland Hospital Based Termination of Pregnancy Statistics, 2020/21

Northern Ireland Executive
20 Jan 2022, 22 GMT+10

The Department of Health (DoH) today published statistics relating to medical abortions and terminations of pregnancy in Northern Ireland HSC Hospitals during 2020/21

The statistical bulletin presents information on the number of medical abortions and terminations of pregnancy carried out in HSC Hospitals in Northern Ireland during 2020/21.

The information release is published online.

Key Points

  • There were 63 terminations of pregnancy in HSC hospitals in Northern Ireland during 2020/21.  This was 41 more than the previous year (Table 1). This increase could be the result of changes in legislation passed in March 2021.  However, this number only relates to procedures carried out on hospital inpatients and day cases and is not representative of all Terminations of Pregnancy notified to the Chief Medical Officer during 2020/21.
  • All of the 63 terminations of pregnancy during 2020/21 were carried out on women normally resident in Northern Ireland (Table 3).
  • During 2020/21 there were 41 terminations of pregnancy carried out on women aged 30 years and over, 12 terminations of pregnancy carried out on a women aged 25 to 29, and 10 on women aged 24 and under (Table 4).

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