69 women travelled for abortions in 2016
SIXTY-NINE woman from County Wexford travelled to Britain for abortions in 2016, Health Minister Simon Harris revealed during the recent Dail debate on the report of the joint committee on the Eighth Amendment.
‘In 2016, 3,265 Irish women travelled to the UK alone and we know that Irish women travel to other countries like the Netherlands too,’ said the Minister.
‘Over 1,200 of the women who went to the UK were aged between 30 and 39 and over 1,500 were aged between 20 and 29. 255 were aged 40 or over. Ten were girls under the age of 16.
‘230 were teenagers. Over half of the women who travelled were married, in a civil partnership, or in a relationship. 85 per cent of the women were between three and 12 weeks pregnant.’
Mr Harris said it is estimated that at least 170,000 Irish women had travelled to other countries for abortions since 1980.
Mr Harris said we need to acknowlege all those who made deeply difficult decisions to travel for abortions.
‘Real women like the 36 from County Carlow who travelled to the UK for an abortion in 2016, or the 38 from Mayo, the 69 women from Tipperary, the 85 from Wicklow, the 241 from Cork or the 1,175 women from Dublin.
‘Women from every county in the Republic of Ireland travelled to the UK in 2016. I think we need to acknowledge them all... these are not faceless women. They are our friends and neighbours, sisters, cousins, mothers, aunts, wives. Each woman is dealing with her own personal situation and making what is a deeply difficult decision.’
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