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S5W-07621: Alex Cole-Hamilton (Edinburgh Western)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 1 March 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what information it has on how many women have travelled from (a) the Republic of Ireland and (b) Northern Ireland to Scotland to obtain legal abortions in each of the last three years.

Answered by: Aileen Campbell 31 March 2017

The total number of legal abortions performed in Scotland on women who are normally resident in the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland during the period 2013 to 2015 was 5.

As the numbers of legal abortions performed in Scotland on women who are normally resident in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland in each of the last three years are very small, we are unable to provide a further breakdown of this figure to the risk of disclosing personally identifiable information.