Nine a day: The women who have to travel for abortions as Ireland prepares for referendum

On average, nine women leave Ireland every day to have a termination in the UK.

This totalled 3,265 people travelling to the UK from Ireland for a legal but privately-funded abortion that they couldn’t have in their own country in 2016.

Since 1980, more than 170,000 women and girls have done the same, travelling to another country – usually Britain or sometimes the Netherlands – for an abortion.

On Friday, the Irish people will go to the polls in a referendum over whether to repeal some of the world’s toughest abortion laws and allow these women to have abortions at home. 

If people vote Yes, the government has said that it will legislate for unrestricted abortion up to 12 weeks – and on the…

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