Abortion Story #273: Traveling to England for My Abortion

Roar will publish a first-person story about abortion, “My Abortion: A Daily Story,” every day for at least 365 days. The opening excerpt from Louise’s story is below. She speaks of her decision to obtain an abortion in the context of her health, well-being, and family economic security. Living in Ireland, she also talks about the hurdles she overcame to obtain safe care, ultimately traveling to England. Read Louise’s full experience that was published in Stylist magazine.

Note: In Ireland, abortion is illegal except when a pregnant woman’s life is in danger due to the Eighth Amendment to the country’s constitution. Learn more about efforts to repeal this restriction at Abortion Rights Campaign and the Campaign to Repeal the Eighth.

“I knew straight away I couldn’t have another baby. At 39 I felt too old to be a mother again, and we were already struggling on my part-time salary after my husband was [laid off]. In the Republic of Ireland abortions are illegal, but lots of women travel abroad to have them.

Thankfully, my GP was understanding and referred us to a family planning clinic who gave us information on private clinics in England. Having found cheap flights, we were confident we could borrow money for the procedure so we booked an appointment and thought we were all set…”

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