A nation’s pain: Irish woman reveals trauma of travelling to UK for an abortion and how she was forced to sleep in a hotel bathtub

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A nation's pain: Irish woman reveals trauma of travelling to UK for an abortion and how she was forced to sleep in a hotel bathtub

Caoimhe Anglin is sharing her story, and many others, as part of a new exhibition telling the stories of Irish women affected by the Eighth Amendment.

By Fiona Ellis
7th November 2017

A WOMAN who slept in a hotel bathtub after having an abortion in the UK has launched an exhibition telling the stories of Irish women affected by the Eighth Amendment.

Caoimhe Anglin had a surgical abortion last year after a crisis pregnancy and is sharing her story as part of a new show.

Continued at source: https://www.thesun.ie/news/1773358/irish-woman-reveals-trauma-of-travelling-to-uk-for-an-abortion-and-how-she-was-forced-to-sleep-in-a-hotel-bathtub/

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Northern Irish women offered free abortion services in England

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Northern Irish women offered free abortion services in England

Justine Greening announces funding for previous pledge to stop charging women who undergo procedure

Jessica Elgot
Monday 23 October 2017

The UK government has revealed plans to provide free abortion services in England for women from Northern Ireland, which has some of Europe’s most restrictive laws on terminations.

The government announced a change of policy in June in an attempt to head off a Tory rebellion in a vote on the Queen’s speech. Dozens of Conservatives had suggested to whips that they would vote on an amendment spearheaded by the Labour MP Stella Creasy to give Northern Irish women free access to termination.

Continued at source: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/23/northern-irish-women-offered-free-abortion-services-in-england

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Ireland: Varadkar defends comments on UK abortion journeys

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Varadkar defends comments on UK abortion journeys

Philip Ryan
October 15 2017

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has defended comparing woman travelling to the UK for abortions to people who travel to Amsterdam and Las Vegas to take part in activities which are not legal in Ireland.

In a 2010 interview in the Sunday Independent's LIFE magazine, Mr Varadkar was asked if he believed it was a double standard to force thousands of woman to travel to the UK and elsewhere for abortions.

The Taoiseach replied: "I don't think that's double standards. People travel overseas to do things overseas that aren't legal in Ireland all the time.

Continued at source: http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/politics/varadkar-defends-comments-on-uk-abortion-journeys-36227952.html

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Ireland: To understand abortion travel, you have to be there

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To understand abortion travel, you have to be there
The ‘Not At Home’ exhibition is an attempt to recreate the experience of the 170,000 Irish women who have travelled abroad for abortions

Róisín Ingle
Aug 28, 2017

Last year theatre makers Grace Dyas and Emma Fraser came to me with a big idea. They had plans to recreate the experience of the just over 170,000 Irish women who over the past few decades have had to travel out of Ireland for safe abortion services. It would be a “durational art installation” open to the public. It would feature video and live performances. There was talk of “soundscapes”. I did not immediately fall in love with the big idea.

Continued at source: Irish Times: https://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/people/to-understand-abortion-travel-you-have-to-be-there-1.3198084

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Ireland’s abortion regime to be scrutinised by British politicians

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Ireland’s abortion regime to be scrutinised by British politicians
Inquiry will focus on issues relating to women travelling from Ireland to Britain

July 18, 2017
Mary Minihan

A fresh inquiry into Ireland’s abortion regime will be undertaken by a group of British and Irish politicians.

A committee of the British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly, chaired by former Northern Ireland Office minister Lord Alfred Dubs, will focus on issues relating to women travelling from Ireland to Britain to seek terminations.

Lord Dubs announced the inquiry into the “cross-jurisdictional” implications of abortion policy at the assembly meeting in Kilkenny on Tuesday.

Continued at source: Irish Times: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/ireland-s-abortion-regime-to-be-scrutinised-by-british-politicians-1.3158798

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

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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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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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