Teenage pregnancy rates have remained relatively stable over the last 30 years and they are considered to be relatively low when compared with other European member states. The age of sexual consent in Ireland is 17.
The Irish Health Service Executive is obliged to provide family planning services in all areas. Teenagers can find out about contraception and other health issues at a GPs, HSE Offices, private family planning centres and voluntary organisations. If a GP or pharmacist refuses to provide prescriptions or information on contraception, the HSE is obliged to find an alternative option for the patient.
It is currently illegal to have an abortion in Ireland but pregnant women should be able to receive advice about the options available to them. Women wanting an abortion normally travel to the UK for this. Anti-abortion groups are active in the country.
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