7,681 abortions in the six counties since March 2020

The northern Department of Health has revealed in a reply to a question tabled by Jim Allister MLA that there have been 7,681 abortions carried out in the six counties between March 2020 and 15 February 2024. By contrast, 65 abortions took place in the north between 2014 to 2019.

Unlike in the south, there has never been a referendum on this issue and opinion poll data and the results of public consultations suggest that abortion is still very unpopular among most people in the north.