Abortion Story #378: Going from Dublin to Liverpool for an abortion

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 that opens Gillian’s story. She talks about the abortion she had more than 20 years ago when she was in college, including what it felt like to be forced to travel from Ireland to England to access care. Read Gillian’s whole reflection that was published by The Telegraph.

Note: Under the eighth amendment to Ireland’s constitution, abortion is banned in nearly all circumstances. However, Irish lawmakers recently announced that it will hold a vote to partially lift the restriction in May 2018. Learn more about the movement to end bans on abortion in Ireland at the Abortion Rights Campaign and Repeal Eight.

“I’ll never forget the moment I found out that I was pregnant. I was 20, in university in Dublin, three months away from my exams, and in the process of breaking up with my boyfriend. I was devastated and didn’t have a second of hesitation about my decision to have an abortion – but as it was illegal, I didn’t know what to do.

Luckily my college gave me information and I figured out that I needed a £700 loan to have the procedure in Liverpool….”

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