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Birth/Abortion Statistics

Volume 447: debated on Tuesday 20 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) live births and (b) abortions there were in Northern Ireland in 2005. (77357)

The number of live births registered to mothers resident in Northern Ireland in 2005 was 22,328.

The Abortion Act 1967 does not extend to Northern Ireland. Consequently the termination of a pregnancy is not permitted except where necessary to save the life of the mother or where continuation of the pregnancy would involve risk of serious injury to her physical or mental health.

Information on the number of abortions in 2005 is not yet available. In 2004 there were 2,324 admissions to hospitals in Northern Ireland with a diagnosis of abortion, which includes miscarriage and unintentional loss of the foetus, 59 of these were medical abortions.