Niall Behan

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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, (...)

Niall Behan, chief executive of The Irish Family Planning Association (IFPA) said, “Not everyone in Ireland who needs abortion care can access it here at home; either because their pregnancy falls outside the law or because care is not accessible locally”. Photograph: Eric Luke / THE IRISH TIMES

Last year 375 women and girls left the Republic to access abortions in clinics in England and Wales, according to figures released by the UK departmen(...)

A March for Choice in Dublin, organised by the Abortion Rights Campaign in September. Official figures of women using Ireland’s new abortion service will not be published until well into next year. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

One year after its introduction, the number of women using Ireland’s new abortion service remains a closely-guarded secret. Official figures will not(...)

Ireland is one of the very few countries still charging women for the contraceptive pill. Photograph iStock

“No woman can call herself free who does not control her own body. A woman must have the fundamental freedom to choose whether she will or will not be(...)

Dr Caitriona Henchion, Irish Family Planning Association medical director: ‘Most important is the referral pathway.’ File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Irish Family Planning Association (IFPA) is to start providing abortion services from January 7th – but only if the proper supports are in place. (...)

GPs and specialist family planning services are concerned that routing a free contraceptive scheme via pharmacies would limit women’s contraceptive choices and risk side-lining some of the most effective methods available, such as hormonal implants or the coil. Photograph: iStock

The Minister for Health’s proposals to introduce a free contraception scheme after the abortion referendum is positive news for everyone. Internationa(...)

Declan Flynn, whose killers left him bleeding so severely that he died of asphyxia, essentially choking on his own blood.

Declan Flynn loved music, particularly Elvis Presley. The former Aer Rianta worker had a special bond with his Down syndrome brother Greg and loved br(...)

“It is women and girls who largely bear the burden of inadequate sexuality education,” according to the Irish Family Planning Association. Photograph: Getty Images

Weaknesses in the quality of sex education provided to pupils in the State’s schools are seen “first hand every day” in pregnancy counselling centres,(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris  said that provision for conscientious objectors would be provided for in the final legislation. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Moves to draw up clinical guidelines for the introduction of abortion services will begin on Tuesday through a consultation process with GP bodies and(...)

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