In Ireland, abortion is not just illegal – the law against it is enshrined in the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution. For women from Ireland, this means that they cannot access free, safe, and legal abortion in their own country.
For many women, the only option is to travel to Great Britain. In 2016, 3265 women travelled from Ireland to England and Wales to access abortion services. Since the Eighth Amendment came into force in 1983, more than 200,000 women from Ireland have been forced to travel. bpas cares for hundreds of Irish women every year.
But campaigning means that this may soon change. The Irish Government have announced that they will hold a Referendum on repealing the Eighth Amendment during 2018.
As part of the campaign to repeal, bpas want to hear from women from Ireland who have travelled to Great Britain to have an abortion. No matter when, where, or whether you came to bpas or another provider, we want to hear from you. Tell us your story now.