172 lo­cal women trav­elled to the UK for an abor­tion

The Sligo Champion - - NEWS -

172 women from Sligo have trav­elled to the UK for an abor­tion between 2012 and 2016, fresh fig­ures re­veal.

Ac­cord­ing to the UK Depart­ment of Health and So­cial Care, 172 women gave a Sligo ad­dress when they trav­elled to Eng­land or Wales for an abor­tion over the five-year pe­riod.

Specif­i­cally, the num­ber of women from Sligo who trav­elled in­clude 38 in 2012, 33 in 2013, 34 in 2014, 38 in 2015, and 29 in 2016.

The fig­ures are re­vealed to­day by To­gether For Yes as they launched their na­tional con­ver­sa­tions tour last week. ‘Get To­gether For Yes’ will visit 22 lo­ca­tions over 12 days, and the tour aims to cre­ate a space for open and hon­est dis­cus­sion about the 8th amend­ment.

Get To­gether For Yes’ will visit Sligo on Wed­nes­day May 16, 2018.

Cam­paign Co-Di­rec­tor Orla O’Con­nor said: “These fig­ures from the Depart­ment of Health and So­cial Care in the UK lay out in stark de­tail the num­bers of women from Sligo who have trav­elled to the UK for an abor­tion between 2012 and 2016.

“They prove that abor­tion is a re­al­ity in Sligo - it is just un­safe and un­reg­u­lated. The fig­ures don’t even take ac­count of the num­ber of women in Sligo who may have taken an abor­tion pill or trav­elled to an­other ju­ris­dic­tion in Europe for an abor­tion.

“Over­all, more than 18,000 women in Ire­land trav­elled to the UK for an abor­tion dur­ing the five-year pe­riod.

“These in­clude women from Sligo. The vote on May 25 there­fore isn’t a vote on whether to bring abor­tion to Ire­land – be­cause it is quite clear that it is al­ready here. It is a vote on whether Ire­land wants to make abor­tion safe, reg­u­lated, and pro­vide care to women who need abor­tions, or to con­tinue al­low­ing un­safe and un­reg­u­lated abor­tions to take place in our coun­try. “Cur­rently we know that abor­tion pills are be­ing or­dered on­line in in­creas­ing num­bers by women in Ire­land - three women a day are tak­ing a pill in the se­crecy of their own bedroom or bath­room, with­out any med­i­cal su­per­vi­sion or sup­port what­so­ever.

“A range of med­i­cal ex­perts in­clud­ing Dr Peter Boy­lan say this is dan­ger­ous and high­lights the need to reg­u­late abor­tion in Ire­land.

“The ma­jor­ity of women who take abor­tion pills are al­ready moth­ers. Reg­u­lat­ing the use of pills would en­sure women would be able to take them with the GP – not alone in her bath­room with­out any med­i­cal sup­port.

“These is­sues will be among those which we look for­ward to dis­cussing with peo­ple as part of our na­tional con­ver­sa­tions tour which be­gan on Sun­day 6 th and will run for 12 days.

“To­gether For Yes looks for­ward to bring­ing our mes­sage of care and com­pas­sion for women in cri­sis preg­nancy into towns and lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties across Ire­land and en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to start their own con­ver­sa­tions about the ref­er­en­dum with fam­ily and friends,” O’Con­nor con­cluded.

Women are or­der­ing pills on­line.

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