A bpas spokesperson said,
“These statistics were recorded before the recent historic change to Northern Ireland's abortion law, and the very low number of terminations tells us nothing of women's reality in Northern Ireland before that hard-won victory. While only eight women were able to access an abortion in Northern Ireland in 2018-19, 1053 women travelled to Britain in 2018 to access the care they needed.
“Today's statistics are a stark reminder that Northern Ireland's old abortion law was never fit for purpose. Now that abortion has at last been decriminalised in Northern Ireland, policymakers have the opportunity not to replicate the outdated legal framework of the rest of the UK but to develop a wholly new service fit for women’s needs in the 21st century. We look forward to the introduction of a new framework which will serve and support Northern Irish women in their time of need – instead of criminalising them and forcing them to travel.”
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bpas is a charity which sees more than 80,000 women a year for reproductive healthcare services including pregnancy counselling, abortion care, miscarriage management and contraception, at clinics across the UK. It supports and advocates for reproductive choice. BPAS also runs the Centre for Reproductive Research and Communication, which seeks to develop and deliver a research agenda that furthers women’s access to evidence-based reproductive healthcare, driven by an understanding of women’s perspectives and needs. You can find out more here: https://www.bpas.org/get-involved/centre-for-reproductive-research-communication/