69 women trav­elled for abor­tions in 2016

Gorey Guardian - - NEWS -

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.’

12-year-old Alex Cur­rid at the ta­ble as lo­cal play­ers took on Steve Davis at the Frank Sin­nott Me­mo­rial Snooker Show­case in Wex­ford’s River­bank House Ho­tel.

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