Fact check: Have more than 170,000 Irish women travelled abroad for an abortion?

Fact check: Have more than 170,000 Irish women travelled abroad for an abortion?
Solidarty party claims 170,000 have travelled for abortion since 1980

May 2, 2018
Sarah Bardon

Question
Have more than 170,000 women travelled abroad from Ireland for abortions?

Who is making the claim?

The statistic is used by the Solidarity party on its posters, on which they say more than 170,000 women have been forced to travel abroad from Ireland for terminations. While the party uses the term “forced” we obviously cannot fact check that particular element. However, we can test how many women have travelled for abortions to the UK and elsewhere based on official figures made available to us.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/fact-check-have-more-than-170-000-irish-women-travelled-abroad-for-an-abortion-1.3481581

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Ireland – Women feel need for abortion ‘cover stories’ for work, survey author says

Women feel need for abortion ‘cover stories’ for work, survey author says
Four in five respondents say women’s health should be priority in reform of abortion law

March 23, 2018
Olivia Kelleher

Irish women undergoing abortions feel under pressure to create a “cover story” for the workplace which is adding to their burden and stigma, an author of a survey on abortion has said.

Fiona Bloomer of the University of Ulster said the research, carried out on behalf of the Alliance for Choice, found that women in Ireland feel they have to come up with an excuse for their absence from work when they are taking time off to have an abortion.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/health/women-feel-need-for-abortion-cover-stories-for-work-survey-author-says-1.3437162

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Meet the American helping Irish women get abortions

Meet the American helping Irish women get abortions

By Haley Joelle
March 15, 2018

LONDON -- Karen, a law student from a small town in rural Ireland, traveled for hours to get to London to have a secret abortion. The procedure is illegal in her own country, so she lied to her family and friends -- everyone apart from her boyfriend and the American who arranged her trip to Britain, Mara Clarke.

The 8th amendment to the Irish constitution, passed in 1983, formally equates the "right to life of the unborn" fetus to the "right to life of the mother." While terminating a pregnancy on Irish soil is against the law, barring a couple of exceptions, Irish women are permitted to travel abroad to terminate their pregnancies, and recent data i

Continued: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/ireland-abortion-women-travel-united-kingdom-mara-clarke/

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In Ireland, A Vote Is Expected This Spring On Expanding Abortion Rights

In Ireland, A Vote Is Expected This Spring On Expanding Abortion Rights

March 6, 2018
Lauren Frayer

At her home in Dublin, actress Tara Flynn recalls how, 12 years ago, she learned she was pregnant. It was not planned.

"I was 37. I was single. I wasn't working very much, and I didn't want to be a parent," Flynn says.

She didn't want to have a baby and give it up for adoption, either. But with abortion illegal in Ireland, her only option at the time was to leave the country to end her pregnancy.

Continued: https://www.npr.org/sections/parallels/2018/03/06/590922520/in-ireland-a-vote-is-expected-this-spring-on-expanding-abortion-rights

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Ireland: The abortion activist touring Ireland to win over hearts and minds

The abortion activist touring Ireland to win over hearts and minds
Caoimhe Anglin hopes to persuade voters to support abolition of eighth amendment that grants a foetus Irish citizenship

Henry McDonald, Ireland correspondent
Fri 29 Dec ‘17

A young computer engineer is embarking on a tour of Ireland in 2018 to convince voters to support changes to the abortion law, as the country prepares for a referendum on repealing its ban on the procedure in almost all circumstances.

Caoimhe Anglin’s journey through every Irish county pitches her into the heart of a battle between secularism and traditional Catholicism.

Continued at source: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/dec/29/abortion-activist-touring-ireland-caoimhe-anglin-eighth-amendment

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Ryanair cancellations will affect Irish women travelling for abortions

Ryanair cancellations will affect Irish women travelling for abortions
Ashitha Nagesh for Metro.co.uk
Tuesday 19 Sep 2017

Ryanair has cancelled 13 flights travelling from Dublin to UK airports, potentially affecting hundreds of women who need access safe abortions.

A reproductive rights group in the country is offering to help and support women who have found themselves suddenly without a crucial flight to the Britain.

Continued at source: http://metro.co.uk/2017/09/19/ryanair-cancellations-will-affect-irish-women-travelling-for-abortions-6938921/

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Ireland: Holles Street master calls for availability of abortion

Holles Street master calls for availability of abortion
Rhona Mahony also tells Labour think-in of toxic working conditions in health service

Mon, Sep 11, 2017
Fiach Kelly

Working conditions in the Irish health service are “toxic” and are a disincentive to attracting and retaining medical professionals, the master of the National Maternity Hospital has said.

Rhona Mahony also called for the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution, which gives equal right to life to the mother and the unborn, to be repealed “for a variety of reasons relating to women’s health”.

Continued at source: Irish Times: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/holles-street-master-calls-for-availability-of-abortion-1.3217335

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Irish Abortion Rates Are Down And It Could Be Because More Women Are Buying Illegal Pills Online

Irish Abortion Rates Are Down And It Could Be Because More Women Are Buying Illegal Pills Online

Difficulty accessing abortion and an increased awareness of online abortion pills could account for the decline in official abortion rates.
Posted on June 13, 2017
Laura Silver
BuzzFeed News Reporter

The number of recorded women who have travelled to abortion clinics in England and Wales from Ireland, where the procedure is illegal, decreased last year.

However, there is concern among campaigners that the decline is due to the number of women who self-administer abortion pills at home to illegally end a pregnancy, as well as women from Ireland travelling to England for an abortion and not giving their home address when they are admitted to a clinic.

Continued at link: Buzzfeed: https://www.buzzfeed.com/laurasilver/irish-abortion-rates-are-down-and-it-could-be-because-women

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Will the Tuam Babies Scandal Ignite an Investigation into Church-State Relations in Ireland?

Will the Tuam Babies Scandal Ignite an Investigation into Church-State Relations in Ireland?
by Julia Canney • 17 March 2017

In 2012 amateur historian Catherine Corless began investigating the abandoned Bon Secours Mother and Baby Home in Tuam, County Galway, Ireland. Disconcerted by the lack of media attention given to her finding that 796 babies had died there in the span of thirty-six years, Corless began the painstaking journey to discover the truth of what happened under the eyes of the Bon Secours nuns. Her work led to the creation of the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes, which has come under increased scrutiny in the past weeks with the discovery of what’s been reported as “significant quantities of human remains” buried in septic tanks on the grounds of the home for unwed mothers and their children operated by Catholic nuns from 1922 to 1961. Despite the fact that the Irish government has held the outrageously high death registers of the home since 2011, the excavation process was only begun by the Commission of Investigation in November of last year, leaving many stakeholders wondering: Why this inhumane delay in justice?

Continued at source: The Humanist: https://thehumanist.com/commentary/will-tuam-babies-scandal-ignite-investigation-church-state-relations-ireland

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Ireland offers £25,000 to woman forced to have abortion in the UK

In June, the UN Human Rights Committee ruled Ireland’s abortion laws subjected Amanda Mellet to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment

by Alexandra Sims
Thursday 1 December 2016, The Independent

Ireland has for the first time compensated a woman who was forced to travel to Britain to have an abortion.

The government agreed on Wednesday to offer Amanda Mellet €30,000 (£25,000 ) in compensation after she was forced to fly to England to terminate her pregnancy in 2011 when she was told at 21-weeks pregnant her baby carried a fatal foetal impairment and would not survive outside the womb.

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Source: The Independent

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