‘We sat in the airport crying’: Irish couple describes travelling to England to abort terminal pregnancy

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'We sat in the airport crying': Irish couple describes travelling to England to abort terminal pregnancy
The country's strict abortion laws meant the couple couldn't end the pregnancy in Ireland

Helen Hoddinott Dublin
May 20, 2018

When Caroline and Michael McCarthy were told at their 20-week pregnancy scan that their third child wouldn’t survive outside the womb, they were devastated.

They learnt that their baby’s kidneys hadn’t developed in the first weeks of pregnancy, a condition called bilateral renal agenesis. As a result, there was no amniotic fluid and the baby had no chance of survival after birth.

Continued: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/ireland-abortion-referendum-eighth-amendment-travel-liverpool-video-a8360226.html

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Ireland – Mother might still be alive but for Eighth Amendment – gynaecologist

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Mother might still be alive but for Eighth Amendment – gynaecologist
Michelle Harte missed many weeks of cancer treatment due to Eighth – Prof Louise Kenny

May 13, 2018
Barry Roche

A gynaecologist has said a mother she had treated might still be alive if she had been able to obtain an abortion in Ireland.

Mother-of-one Michelle Harte might still be alive were it not for the Eighth Amendment having prevented her from obtaining a termination here when she was taking a new cancer therapy and was in remission, Prof Louise Kenny said.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/mother-might-still-be-alive-but-for-eighth-amendment-gynaecologist-1.3493958

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‘I had an abortion’: Irish mother-of-two reveals what it’s like to travel to England for a termination

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'I had an abortion': Irish mother-of-two reveals what it’s like to travel to England for a termination
'The decision I made when 18 was why I was able to plan my life, go to college, and then have my kids'

Helen Hoddinott
May 13, 2018

When Janet Ní Shuilleabháin fulfilled her childhood dream of flying in an aeroplane, it was to travel to England for an abortion.

An experience she had imagined would be glamorous and exciting was, in reality, spent trying not to throw up due to the chronic morning sickness she had been struggling with for weeks.

Continued: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/ireland-abortion-referendum-eighth-amendment-travel-london-video-a8347221.html

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Ireland – Here are 18 heartbreaking reasons to vote Yes

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Here are 18 heartbreaking reasons to vote Yes
The Eighth Amendment added to the pain and grief we suffered on losing our baby, writes David Hanlon

David Hanlon
May 13 2018

This is a short account of how the Eighth Amendment to the Irish Constitution affected my wife, our baby and me.

We lost our baby at 25 weeks gestation one year ago at a hospital in England. We have never known such pain and grief, and we hope you never will.

Continued: https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/abortion-referendum/here-are-18-heartbreaking-reasons-to-vote-yes-36901037.html

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Ireland – On abortion we are subjects of Brexit Britain

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Fintan O'Toole: On abortion we are subjects of Brexit Britain
Anti-abortionists depend on pagan England to uphold their vision of a holy Ireland

May 12, 2018
Fintan O'Toole

Independence means having your own state. But it is also a state of mind. There has been an independent Irish State for nearly a century, but whether Ireland has ever been psychologically independent is a whole other matter. It is a question, as it happens, that hovers over two of the biggest issues currently occupying Irish minds: Brexit and the abortion referendum. They may seem to be miles apart but underlying both is the extent to which Ireland is ready to be psychologically independent from Britain.

If we leave aside the existential questions of partition and Irish unity, abortion is arguably the last great remnant of post-colonial dependency. Where once the failure of Irish independence was symbolised by the emigrant crossing the Irish Sea on a cattle boat to get a job, now it is symbolised by the Irish woman crossing the Irish Sea on a Ryanair flight to terminate a pregnancy. When it comes to abortion, both those who want it and those who purport to despise it thank God for Mother England. Women depend on England to uphold their right to choose. Anti-abortionists depend on England to uphold their vision of a holy Catholic Ireland where such abominations are not permitted.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/fintan-o-toole-on-abortion-we-are-subjects-of-brexit-britain-1.3490655

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Ireland – VIDEO: The 10-Minute Film That RTÉ Has Banned Until The Referendum Is Over

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VIDEO: The 10-Minute Film That RTÉ Has Banned Until The Referendum Is Over

The film has won multiple awards so far.
Darragh Berry
April 19, 2018

'Terminal' a film which outlines the day in the life of someone who has to leave the country in order to have an abortion will not be shown by RTÉ until the referendum is over.

In the film "a girl and a woman meet in an airport departure gate. Just before they board a plane to Manchester, we witness a private exchange as they share the different reasons that brought them to this moment, and the traumatic journey that awaits them."

Continued: https://lovin.ie/entertainment/tv-movies/rte-banned-referendum-film
(The video is also available here if you can’t view it at the above link: https://vimeo.com/263770515 )

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Ireland- We felt so alone, says woman whose baby had a fatal foetal abnormality

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We felt so alone, says woman whose baby had a fatal foetal abnormality
Couple felt they had no option but to travel to Liverpool to have her longed-for daughter Grace induced, Sligo meeting told

Thu, Apr 5, 2018
Marese McDonagh in Sligo

Tracey Smith says she’ll never forget the plane journey to Liverpool on St Patrick’s Day 2014, four weeks after she discovered that the baby she was carrying had a fatal foetal abnormality.

“We went Ryanair from Knock – you can imagine the revellers,” she says recalling the journey and the loneliness she and her husband Kieran felt.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/we-felt-so-alone-says-woman-whose-baby-had-a-fatal-foetal-abnormality-1.3452074

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Ireland – Gardaí investigate 12-year-old’s abortion in Britain

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Gardaí investigate 12-year-old’s abortion in Britain
DNA from the foetus is being examined to confirm the father was a 15-year-old boy

Sun, Mar 18, 2018
Colm Keena

The circumstances that led to an 12-year-old girl getting an abortion in Britain in the past year are being investigated by the gardaí.

It is understood that DNA from the foetus is being examined to confirm the father was a 15-year-old boy.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime-and-law/garda%C3%AD-investigate-12-year-old-s-abortion-in-britain-1.3431941

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Ireland’s abortion battle shows we must never let the fundamentalists win

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Ireland’s abortion battle shows we must never let the fundamentalists win
Women have paid a terrible price for a law that gives the unborn the same rights as mothers

Suzanne Moore
Thu 8 Mar 2018

It’s a bugger when your flight is cancelled. It’s worse, I imagine, if you’re having to travel to another country to have an abortion. Time and money matter. When I saw that the recent snow had grounded flights from Ireland I immediately thought of this. Maybe I have never forgotten the time I sat next to an anxious young woman on a flight from Dublin who began to tell me why she was coming to London but couldn’t finish her sentences. She was just so alone that I wanted to go to the clinic with her. In the old days I remember seeing such women on the ferries.

Irish women have abortions, you see – they just don’t have them in their own country. Currently about nine women a day travel to the UK for terminations. Irish society knows of this export of hypocrisy, yet it continues to export its responsibility for human rights. Women pay the price.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/mar/08/abortion-ireland-women-unborn-mothers

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Abortion rights in Ireland, north and south of the border

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Abortion rights in Ireland, north and south of the border
Readers respond to Suzanne Moore’s piece about the ongoing fight for the right to legal abortion

Letters
Thu 8 Mar 2018

Irish women have been travelling to Britain for abortions for decades. In 1975, when I was a young English woman working as a union officer in Dublin, a desperate male friend asked how his wife’s 15-year-old sister could get an abortion (We must never stop fighting for the right to legal abortion, 8 March). Without knowledge of or access to contraception, her first sexual foray had left her pregnant. As a Brit, it was assumed I knew how to use my own country’s still new abortion law.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/mar/08/abortion-rights-in-ireland-north-and-south-of-the-border

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