The Oireachtas Joint Committee on Health regarding the review of the Termination of Pregnancy Act 2018 heard that the 12-week limit is a problem for the 1-2% of women whose termination fails. File photograph: Getty

Some 90 per cent of Irish GPs do not offer abortion services, while the State’s abortion legislation remains “restrictive”, “exclusionary” and “flawed(...)

Director of the National Women’s Council of Ireland, Orla O’Connor to say current law ‘acts as a gatekeeper creating a series of obstacles that prevent access to abortion’. Photograph: Alan Betson

Politicians will hear calls for a less restrictive abortion regime, including extending the current 12-week limit to allow terminations on request “up(...)

Teenage births represented 5.7%  of the 54,789 births in the Republic in 2000; in 2020, they accounted for just 1.5% of the 55,959 births that year. Photograph: iStock

It is Health Season in The Irish Times. In print and online, we will be offering encouragement and inspiration to help us all improve our ph(...)

As part of a € 31 million women’s health package announced on Tuesday, access to free contraception for those aged between 17 and 25 is being provided from August. Photograph: iStock

Sexual health clinics and activist groups have welcomed the announcement that free contraception is to be provided for young women from next year unde(...)

‘The World Health Organisation predicted Ireland was on course to become the country with the highest obesity rate in Europe even before the pandemic sparked an increase in junk food consumption and reduced physical activity levels,” according to IHF director of advocacy Chris Macey.

Budget 2022 delivered “a triple whammy against children’s health”, according to the Irish Heart Foundation (IHF) which pointed to what it regards as a(...)

Oral contraceptive pill – one of the short-acting methods of contraception that would be free under the scheme. Photograph: Getty.

The introduction of free contraception for all women aged 17-25 in Budget 2022 would cost the State about €10 million a year, according to a framework(...)

In Britain, 194 abortions were performed for women or girls who gave addresses in the Republic of Ireland. File photograph: iStock

Almost 200 women and girls travelled to Britain for abortions last year despite travel restrictions during the pandemic, the latest figures show. The(...)

In 1979, the average age of men getting married was 26.5; for women it was 24. By 2019, it was nearly 37 for men, 34 for women.

There is one factor successive governments don’t seem to have taken into account in planning for Ireland’s housing needs. Actually, there’s significan(...)

Only 50% of relevant hospitals provide abortion care, according to the Irish Family Planning Association. File photograph: Getty

Almost half of the women who presented at an early abortion service at a family planning clinic were mothers, an audit of the programme has found. In(...)

Just 101 Irish women travelled for abortions between January and June this year, compared with 215 during these months last year. Photograph: Getty

The number of women travelling to Britain for abortions more than halved in the first six months of this year, compared with the same period in 2019, (...)

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