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Shock as State confirms 94 abortion-related claims made after adverse incidents

The State Claims Agency has confirmed to the Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly that its Clinical Risk Unit has received 94 notifcations of incidents relating to the operation of the 2018 abortion Act.

The information only emerged following a Parliamentary Question from Independent TD for Laois-Offaly Carol Nolan.

Deputy Nolan asked the Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly, to report on the number of adverse events reported to and or dealt with by the State Claims Agency since 1 January 2019 related to the Health (Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy) Act 2018.  The revelation from the State Claims Agency comes after the HSE admitted it is not collecting data on complications from the use of the abortion pill at home – even though it is considering whether to continue allowing remote abortion after the Covid crisis comes to an end.

Now, the State Claims Agency says that 94 incidents relating to abortion provision has been reported to the 26th October 2021.

Carol Nolan said that it was astonishing these outcomes were only being made known because she had asked a private question of the Minister through the Dáil.

“It’s my understanding that these claims are related to the SCA through the National Incident Management System (NIMS). In light of that, it is reasonable to conclude that a proportion of the the adverse outcomes we are talking about are those of a very serious nature.

“My own view is that replies like the one I have received today once again highlight the urgent need for full disclosure around how the law is harming women. It is profoundly alarming to me that none of this information ever seems to make its way into our discussions around the reality of abortion provision in Ireland. Anything that challenges the narrative of ‘safe’ abortion provision is fiercely resisted. That is a deliberate political and policy stance that actively harms women. It is also why I will continue to do everything I can to shed light on the abortion law as it is operating in reality as opposed to how it is imagined to operate by those who unquestioningly and uncritically support it.”

The Life Institute said that the findings showed that the government needed to act urgently to make the abortion regime “transparent and accountable.”

“Clearly the government is not really interested in the adverse outcomes women have after abortion,” the Institute said in a statement. “We need a radical rethink of abortion and an end to the cover-up and lack of accountability.”

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