A total of 10,033 abortions were carried out in Ireland in 2023, the fifth year of legalised termination of pregnancy under the Health (Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy) Act 2018.

The figures cover the period from 1 January until 31 December 2023 and are a significant jump on the 8,156 abortions carried out in 2022.

21 were carried out due to a risk to life or health of the mother, while seven were carried out because there was a risk to life or health in an emergency situation.

A further 129 terminations were carried out due to a fatal fetal abnormality, while 9,876 abortions were carried out during early pregnancy.

Before the legalisation of abortion in in 2018, it was estimated 3,000 to 4,000 women from Ireland traveled to Britain each year for abortion services.

According to 2016 statistics, of the 3,500 women who traveled to Britain for abortion services, 2,500 were Irish.

A Rally For Life will take place at 1:30pm this Saturday, July 6th, beginning at Parnell Square.