Irish Women Have More Late Abortions

Irish women are nearly three times as likely to have late abortions than British women, according to the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS). Of the 6,214 Irish women who traveled to Britain to have abortions, almost 40 percent of the clients at BPAS had not received counseling. Currently, more than six thousand women in Ireland, where abortion remains illegal, must travel to Great Britain for abortion services. Ann Furedi of the BPAS commented that the “additional obstacles that they have to surmount to get over to Britain” explained the lateness of the women’s abortions, pointing out that the costs of travel and absence of legal support were difficult barriers.


The Irish Times - 19 July 2000

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