One abortion on average is carried out every day at one of the country’s leading maternity hospitals in 2019, the first full year of operation of the country’s new abortion law.
Each abortion would have occurred at the ninth week or later, as abortions prior to that are initiated at GP surgeries. He admitted that the ‘vast majority’ of abortions are facilitated by GPs via the abortion pill.
Official figures of the total number of abortions carried out in 2019 have not yet been released.
Dr Malone also revealed that one of the main challenges at the Rotunda was when pill-induced abortions failed to complete and the women require scans and follow-up treatment in hospital.