Abortion Story #329: Grace’s illegal abortion in Ireland, in 2016

Roar will publish a first-person story about abortion, “My Abortion: A Daily Story,” every day for at least 365 days. Below is an excerpt from Grace’s story. She talks about what it was like getting an illegal medication abortion in Ireland, where care is banned in nearly all circumstances. Read Grace’s full reflection that was published by Women on Web, a digital community of women who have had abortions, medical doctors, researchers, and individuals and organizations that support abortion rights.

Note: Learn more about the effort to end bans on abortion in Ireland by visiting the Abortion Rights Campaign.


“I never felt any type of guilt or shame, only anger and oppression at the ridiculous laws of this supposedly progressive country. I feel 100% confident in my decision and relieved to be able to move on with my life.

I had an illegal medication abortion at seven weeks and five days. I had misoprostol only, which I managed to acquire from a very kind and generous friend working in the medical field. I took some painkillers and a short while later took the first tablets. I felt strong cramps begin after about 15 minutes. It was uncomfortable but tolerable…”

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