Manchester clinic accounts for 30% of Irish abortions

Women from Ireland had 25,000 abortions in England, Wales between 2010 and 2014

Recently released figures show 25,000 women from the whole of Ireland travelled to the UK for abortions between 2010 and 2014. Although experts say this number is only a 'snapshot' of the total figure seeking terminations. Video: Detail Data


A clinic in Manchester accounted for close to one third of all abortions for women with Irish addresses over the last five years. Women from the island of Ireland had almost 25,000 abortions in England and Wales between 2010 and 2014.

New data obtained from the Department of Health in London by Belfast-based journalism project Detail Data reveals the individual clinics the women attended.

Almost half (45 per cent) of all of the terminations took place in Manchester; 11,116. Of these, 7,182 (30 per cent) took place in one clinic; Marie Stopes International.

Abortion journeys: where women from Ireland have abortions in England and Wales

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In Liverpool 4,462 abortions involving women resident in Ireland were recorded. London had the third highest number with 3,267 terminations across 10 clinics. Abortions cost from £400 (€550) to £1,500 and Manchester can be quicker and cheaper to get to than some other cities in England.


Not all women give their home addresses and some Irish women may travel to other countries for terminations. Some resort to sourcing abortion pills online which has raised health concerns among experts.

Abortion is illegal here except where the pregnancy presents a real and substantial risk to the mother’s life. Terminations are only available in Northern Ireland if a woman’s life is at risk or where there is a risk of a serious and adverse effect on her physical or mental health.

Detail Data is a partnership between The Detail, an investigative website, and NICVA, a representative body. It is financially supported by the Big Lottery Fund and Atlantic Philanthropies.