Katherine O’Brien, a spokesperson for the British Pregnancy Advisory Service, bpas, said:
“Every day, women resident in Ireland are forced to come to England for the medical care they need due to their country’s inhumane abortion laws. Increasing numbers are resorting to illegal online pills – risking prosecution and imprisonment. The referendum next year will finally, after years of stalling from the government, be the chance for Irish citizens to enact the change that is so desperately needed. No civilised country should force women to travel abroad, at a huge emotional and financial cost, to access essential healthcare. The decision alone can be a hard enough journey.”
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bpas is a charity which sees more than 70,000 women a year and provides reproductive healthcare services including pregnancy counselling, abortion care, miscarriage management and contraception, at clinics across the UK. It supports and advocates for reproductive choice. More information can be found at bpas.org.