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Friday, 11th May 2018

434 Louth women had abortions in UK between 2012 and 2016

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Together for Yes campaigners in Drogheda last weekend.

According to the UK Department of Health and Social Care, 434 women gave a Louth address when they travelled to England or Wales for an abortion over the five-year period between 2012 and 2016.

Specifically, the number of women from Louth who travelled include 88 in 2012, 93 in 2013, 76 in 2014, 94 in 2015, and 83 in 2016.

The figures are revealed today by Together For Yes. Campaign Co-Director Orla O’Connor stated:

“These figures from the Department of Health and Social Care in the UK lay out in stark detail the numbers of women from Louth who have travelled to the UK for an abortion between 2012 and 2016.

“They prove that abortion is a reality in Louth - it is just unsafe and unregulated. The figures don’t even take account of the number of women in Louth who may have taken an abortion pill or travelled to another jurisdiction in Europe for an abortion.  

“The vote on May 25 therefore isn’t a vote on whether to bring abortion to Ireland – because it is quite clear that it is already here. It is a vote on whether Ireland wants to make abortion safe, regulated, and provide care to women who need abortions, or to continue allowing unsafe and unregulated abortions to take place in our country. 

“Currently we know that abortion pills are being ordered online in increasing numbers by women in Ireland - three women a day are taking a pill in the secrecy of their own bedroom or bathroom, without any medical supervision or support whatsoever.

“A range of medical experts including Dr Peter Boylan say this is dangerous and highlights the need to regulate abortion in Ireland. Interestingly, the majority of women who take abortion pills are already mothers.

“Regulating the use of pills would ensure women would be able to take them with the GP – not alone in her bathroom without any medical support.”

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