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Part of Oral Answers to Questions – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 3:45 pm on 19th March 2013.

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Photo of Edwin Poots Edwin Poots DUP 3:45 pm, 19th March 2013

In 2008-09, there were 44; in 2009-2010, there were 36; and in 2010-11, there were 43.  In the rest of GB during that period, there were 189,000.  Some people talk about the number of people who travel.  Regrettably, around 1,000 people with registered addresses in Northern Ireland did travel.  However, the proportionate number here would be 4,000, if you look at the number of terminations that have taken place across the UK.  Therefore, one can see that not having the ability to pop into a facility that can basically give you an abortion on demand significantly reduces the number of terminations that take place.  Consequently, many tens of thousands of children have grown up in Northern Ireland over the past 45 years who would not have had that opportunity in England or Wales.

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