Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act

Twenty-five medical procedures were carried out last year under the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act 2013, according to its third annual report, which covers the period from January 1 2016 to December 31, 2016.

Eight procedures arose from a risk of physical illness, one arose from a risk from suicide and sixteen from emergencies arising from physical illness.

The Department of Health said the information published on these procedures was restricted in order to limit the risk of identification in what was a private, confidential matter between women and their doctors.

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The Department said the 2016 figure of 25 was in line with annual national estimates presented to the Joint Oireachtas Committee hearings on the General Scheme of the Act in January 2013.

It was slightly lower than the number of terminations notified in 2015, when the figure stood at 26.

The HSE also submitted a report as required under section 15 of the Act on Reviews carried out in 2016. This report was also laid before the Houses of the Oireachtas.

The HSE report shows that two applications for review were made to the Executive in 2016.  It states that both reviews were carried out under section 9 of the Act.  In both cases the Review Committee found that the application met the criteria for termination of pregnancy under the Act.