Stories from women who have had to travel to England from Ireland and Northern Ireland for abortions took centre stage at the Not at Home exhibition in London in December. Abortion is illegal in almost all circumstances in Ireland. It is also illegal in Northern Ireland, where the Abortion Act 1967, which allows women access to the procedure in the rest of the UK, was never extended. An estimated 10 women per day travel from … Continued
At the end of July, three anti-abortion groups planned to display huge pictures of mangled babies at events on Dame Street in Dublin, and at Belfast and Manchester airports. The groups were refused permission by the authorities to do the same at Dublin and Cork airports. They claimed to want to “show the humanity of the unborn child and expose the horrific reality of abortion which the abortion industry strives to keep hidden from … Continued
At least 3,265 women and girls from all 26 counties in the Republic of Ireland accessed abortion services in the UK in 2016, according to UK Department of Health annual statistics released this month. Women and girls from the Republic of Ireland continue to represent the largest group of non-UK residents seeking abortion services, constituting 67.9% in 2016. Since 1980, at least 168,703 women and girls have travelled to the UK from Ireland for abortion. … Continued
In Malta, having an abortion is a criminal offence, punishable by up to three years in jail – even in cases of rape and when there are health risks. Reporter Valerie Gauriat travelled to Malta to investigate how much of an appetite there is for change.