Ireland: EC contributes to reduce teenage pregnancy

January 2022. In Ireland, the wider use of emergency contraception (EC) is deemed to be one of the many contributing factors to a 73 % fall in the number of births to teenage mothers over the past 20 years, according to the report “Information Summary about Teenage Pregnancy in Ireland 2000-2020” to be published by Health Service Executive in January 2022.

According to experts consulted by the Irish Times, the fall in teenage pregnancies is multi-factorial, and responds to broad policy, legislative and societal changes in Ireland in the last 20 years, which have created a more supportive environment.

Furthermore, new measures are being prepared to make contraception free of cost to all young people aged 17-25 years, before the end of 2022.

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