Four Irish women open up about the ‘barbarity’ of being forced to travel to England for an abortion

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Four Irish women open up about the ‘barbarity’ of being forced to travel to England for an abortion

by Katie Grant
Friday February 3rd 2017

Every year thousands of Irish women travel to England for an abortion. In 2015 a total of 3,451 women and girls from the Republic of Ireland travelled to England to have an abortion performed, according to Department of Health figures. A further 833 came from Northern Ireland and 105 from the Isle of Man.

As pressure mounts on the Irish government to hold a referendum to repeal the country’s restrictive abortion laws, i speaks to women who have made the journey to England to end a pregnancy. Their accounts have been edited slightly for clarity and length.

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Source, INews: https://inews.co.uk/essentials/news/four-irish-women-open-barbarity-forced-travel-england-abortion/

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Isle of Man: ‘Inadequate’ evidence for abortion reform

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'Inadequate' evidence for abortion reform

Thursday, 2 February 2017
by Adrian Darbyshire

There is insufficient evidence about the physical or mental harm caused by abortion to make a clinical case on whether abortion law should be reformed, a health service paper concludes.

In the House of Keys last week, Health Minister Kate Beecroft voted against giving Dr Alex Allinson leave to introduce a private member’s bill on abortion law reform.

She told MHKs that there was no medical evidence to support either side of the debate. ’It does not come down clearly either way,’ she said, adding that left societal attitudes and expectations as the basis for possible change. ’We do not have that evidence,’ she said.

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Source: IOM Today:http://www.iomtoday.co.im/article.cfm?id=31762&headline=%27Inadequate%27%20evidence%20for%20abortion%20reform&sectionIs=NEWS&searchyear=2017

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Isle of Man ‘must update abortion law’

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Isle of Man 'must update abortion law'

22 January 2017, BBC.com
by Ellan Vannin

Women in the Isle of Man should have the same abortion rights as those in England, Scotland and Wales, a Member of the House of Keys (MHK) says.

Fewer than 10 terminations happen each year on the island because, in most circumstances, its laws prohibit them.

As a result, an estimated 100 women a year seek private abortions in the UK.

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Source, BBC: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-isle-of-man-38668044

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Irish women need British help to change our abortion laws

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Una Mullally

Every day Irish and Northern Irish women cross the sea to make the choice they’re not allowed at home

Sunday 23 October 2016

Amid all the talk of separation between the UK and its EU neighbours there is an opportunity to build a solidarity movement, at least between people in Britain and Ireland. Draconian laws that force women from both parts of Ireland to travel to Britain to access abortion have never received so much public attention as recently, and growing awareness in Britain is giving Irish women new hope.

The stories are heartbreaking: couples bringing the remains of foetuses with fatal abnormalities home through British airports in freezer bags because they couldn’t have a termination in an Irish hospital; the depravity of forcing a raped asylum seeker on hunger strike to continue a pregnancy she didn’t want; the brain-dead woman kept alive because she was pregnant; the young Northern Irish woman given a suspended sentence because she took abortion pills to end a pregnancy and her housemates told the police. There is no abortion in Ireland for rape, for incest, for fatal foetal abnormalities. Let’s be clear though, thousands of Irish women have abortions every year – they just don’t have them in Ireland. An Irish problem washes up on Britain’s shores.

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Source: The Guardian

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Isle of Man: The ‘shameful’ abortion rights struggle you haven’t heard about

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by Rachel Thompson
Sept 23, 2016, Mashable
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LONDON — The Irish Sea is the body of water which stands between the islands of Ireland and Great Britain. For many, this sea is a channel to be crossed to go on holiday or to visit family. But, for the hundreds of thousands of women who have crossed this sea to get an abortion, this stretch of water has represented a critical divide in abortion rights.

This sea is also home to the Isle of Man, an island that is quietly fighting a battle to modernise its highly restrictive abortion laws.

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Source: Mashable

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The island that feminism forgot: Campaign grows to change the Isle of Man’s ‘medieval’ abortion laws

Manx women including rape victims who cannot raise hundreds of pounds for travel and hotels in the UK often have little choice but to terminate their pregnancy illegally at home Shutterstock

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The Isle of Man’s ‘vile’ abortion legislation denies women access to basic medical care and force them into secrecy and shame. Ahead of elections later this month, a new campaign aims to bring about much needed reform

by Mrs Q (name changed to protect author)
September 12, 2016, The Independent

Across the Irish Sea, abortion rights have rightly been in the spotlight in recent years. It can’t have passed anyone by that Irish women struggle to access basic reproductive healthcare. But on an often overlooked island a few miles closer to the UK mainland women are also being endangered by restrictive legislation on abortion. The Isle of Man seems to be the island that feminism forgot.

But not any more – a group of Manx women are fighting for their right to choose to terminate unwanted pregnancies. The Campaign for Abortion Law Modernisation (Calm) wants to bring Manx law in line with the UK. The Termination of Pregnancy (Medical Defences) Act is up for review in the next parliament, and the feeling on the Rock (as Manx people refer to their home) is that the time is ripe for a long-overdue change.

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Source: The Independent

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Standing up for Irish women’s abortion rights

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Standing up for Irish women’s abortion rights Spiked-online.com

Ella Whelan, assistant editor, Spiked-online.com

Inspiring new initiatives are helping Irish women get the services they need.

7 September 2016

Getting an abortion in Ireland is near impossible. In the 21st century, the governments of both north and south have more control over women’s wombs than women themselves do.

In Northern Ireland, abortion is still illegal under the 1861 Offences Against the Person Act, as the 1967 Abortion Act, which partially decriminalised abortion in England, Scotland and Wales, does not apply there. Women who are found guilty of having an abortion face a sentence of up to life in prison. In the Republic of Ireland, abortion is also illegal, under the much-protested Eighth Amendment to the Irish Constitution.

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Source: Spiked-online.com

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UK: Governments Can’t Stop Abortion – We Can Help Make It Safe

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04/09/2016, Huffington Post UK

Ann Furedi, Chief executive of British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS)

Our bodies are our own. And yet when a woman wishes to end a pregnancy, this basic law of civilized society that we teach to infants, is suspended. Her body becomes subject to someone else’s control.

As soon as she misses a period, she loses the right to make decisions about that body. If she is in England, Wales or Scotland - she must ask a doctor to make that decision for her - and they in turn must find another doctor who agrees to provide the treatment to end her pregnancy. However early in pregnancy it is, however straightforward that treatment, it can only lawfully be performed in a specialist clinic or hospital.

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Source: Huffington Post UK

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UK: New confidential helpline to advise women who buy illegal abortion pills online

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1 September 2016

A confidential telephone helpline for women who have used abortion pills bought online is launching today.

The British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) has set up the free service to provide aftercare for women living in Ireland, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man. Access to abortion services is severely restricted in these regions and thousands of women are forced to travel to England each year to undergo terminations. Those who are unable to do so, often for financial reasons, resort to ordering illegal abortion medication on the internet for as little as £50.

In England, Scotland and Wales, women can access abortions – either via pills or a surgical procedure - through NHS services and clinics.

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Source: The Telegraph

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