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3,812 Contacts Made To Crisis-Pregnancy Counselling Services Last Year

Niall Colbert
Niall Colbert

1:22 PM - 27 Aug 2019



3,812 contacts were made to crisis-pregnancy counselling services in Ireland last year.

According to details released under the Freedom of Information Act, these were made to 16 HSE-funded crisis-pregnancy services.

More than a quarter - 1,070 - relate to the Irish Family Planning Clinic, which has ten counselling centres across Ireland.

Its chief executive, Niall Behan, says it was partly down to the abortion referendum taking place in May of 2018.

"Last year was an exception yar because of the referendum. Many women took the opportunity to come to councilling udring the abortion refernendum."

"Things have returned to normal this year, the figures are in line with other years."

Large numbers also attended other crisis-pregnancy clinics, including in Cork, Killarney, Mayo and the midlands.

36 children under the age of 17 sought help from two organisations.

20 contacted the Irish Family Planning Clinic, while 16 girls called the Youth Health Service in Cork.



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