Press Release

Annual Report of notifications in accordance with the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act 2013

The fourth annual report on the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act 2013 has been laid before the Houses of the Oireachtas as required under section 20 of the Act.  The report covers the period from 1st January 2017 until 31st December 2017.

The report shows that fifteen (15) medical procedures were carried out under the Act in 2017.  Eight (8) procedures were arising from a risk of physical illness, two (2) arising from a risk from suicide and five (5) from emergencies arising from physical illness.  


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


The HSE has also submitted a report as required under section 15 of the Act on Reviews carried out in 2017. This report has also been laid before the Houses of the Oireachtas.


The HSE report shows that one (1) application for review was made to the Executive in 2017.  It states that the review was carried out under section 9 of the Act.  The Review Committee found that the application met the criteria for termination of pregnancy under the Act.

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Protection of Life During Pregnancy Report 2017