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Between January 1980 and December 2013, at least 159,779 women travelled from the Republic of Ireland for safe abortion services abroad.

The UK Department of Health releases statistics each year on the number of women and girls who gave Republic of Ireland addresses at abortion clinics in England and Wales. See our statement in relation to the 2013 UK statistics here.

It is important to note that these numbers are an underestimation as not all women resident in the Republic of Ireland will provide their Irish address for reasons of confidentiality. Furthermore, some Irish women will give addresses in the UK at which they are not resident in order to obtain abortion care paid for by the NHS.

Between 1980 and 2013, at least 158,252 women living in Ireland travelled to England and Wales to access safe abortion services.

Women living in Ireland also access safe and legal abortion services in other EU countries. See recorded figures for the Netherlands further below.

UK Department of Health Statistics of Women From the Republic of Ireland Accessing Abortion Services in England and Wales 1980 - 2013

Year All ages Under 16 16-17 18-19 20-24 25-29 30-34 35-39 40 and over Not stated
2013 3,679 21 90 213 911 884 746 558 256 -
2012 3,982 32 92 223 1,082 964 777 549 263 -
2011 4,149 37 111 295 1,109 1,051 755 534 257 -
2010 4,402 41 115 303 1,181 1,137 789 565 271 -
2009 4,422 38 155 291 1,234 1,164 759 523 258 -
2008 4,600 27 140 344 1,296 1,232 841 499 221 -
2007 4,686 47 147 350 1,387 1,282 790 474 209 -
2006 5,042 39 194 419 1505 1370 824 491 200 -
2005 5,585 39 173 482 1759 1451 860 541 280 -
2004 6,217 49 209 540 1963 1663 951 607 235 -
2003 6,320 42 242 552 2090 1597 954 579 264 -
2002 6,522 54 245 615 2258 1604 928 552 263 1

 

Year All ages Under 15 15 16-19 20-24 25-29 30-34 35-39 40-44 45 and over Not stated
2001 6,673 12 29 903 2,404 1,685 875 508 239 18 -
2000 6,391 10 17 857 2,243 1,631 853 549 216 15 -
1999 6,226 8 25 894 2,301 1,519 749 502 196 31 1
1998 5,891 7 20 871 2,137 1,489 686 462 195 23 1
1997 5,340 10 30 782 1,986 1,235 645 448 178 26 -
1996 4,894 6 22 738 1,871 1,107 608 351 171 19 1
1995 4,532 7 18 673 1,763 943 561 382 162 23 -
1994 4,590 9 28 591 1,856 987 545 387 172 15 -
1993 4,402 9 28 622 1,678 924 561 372 186 22 -
1992 4,254 5 15 696 1,610 855 529 372 156 16 -
1991 4,154 7 14 679 1,511 845 521 385 174 18 -

 

Year All ages Under 20 20-34 35+ Unstated
1990 4,064 667 2,881 516 -
1989 3,721 588 2,624 509 -
1988 3,839 556 2,768 514 -
1987 3,673 512 2,671 490 -
1986 3,918 569 2,858 491 -
1985 3,888 574 2,827 487 -
1984 3,946 556 2,904 484 2
1983 3,677 559 2,680 435 3
1982 3,650 555 2,697 397 4
1981 3,603 556 2,655 375 17
1980 3,320 495 2,494 326 5

Recorded Number of Women In the Republic of Ireland Accessing Abortion Services in the Netherlands 2005 - 2012

Year Number
2012 24
2011 33
2010 31
2009 134
2008 351
2007 451
2006 461
2005 42

 

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