FOI 4-23: Abortions performed by the Health and Social Care trusts across Northern Ireland

Information Standards Freedom of Information Response

Our Ref: FOI 4-23

24 March 2023

Freedom of Information Act 2000 (“FOIA”)

I am writing to confirm that the Northern Ireland Assembly Commission (Assembly Commission) has processed your request dated 15 March 2023 in line with the Freedom of Information Act 2000. In your request, you asked:

I wish to request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 how many abortions in total have been performed by the Health and Social Care trusts across NI since the Abortion (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2020 commenced on 31st March 2020.

The Assembly Commission does not hold information in relation to your request.

However, Members of the Assembly may have asked Assembly Questions of Ministers about this subject, and may have received answers that refer to this information. All Assembly questions, and the answers received, are published on the Assembly’s website in a searchable database.

In order to provide advice and assistance under section 16 of the FOIA, you may wish to make an FOI request to the Department of Health directly at .

You have the right to request a formal review by the Assembly Commission and if you wish to do so, please write to me at the above address. If after such an internal review you are still unhappy with the response, you may appeal to the Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF which will undertake an independent review.

The Assembly Commission may publish details of your FOI request and its official response within the organisational disclosure log. The request will be completely anonymised and you will not be identified in any way. This is to meet the requirements as laid out by in the agreed publication scheme with the Information Commissioners’ Office.

Yours sincerely

Data Protection and Governance Officer

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