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3265 women with Irish addresses travelled for abortions

3265 women with Irish addresses travelled for abortions

The girl, who had "very strong views as to why she wanted a termination of her pregnancy" was released from the mental health facility several days later after a district judge ruled she "did not suffer a mental health disorder".

About 80% of the women from Ireland had not had an abortion before, the report stated.

United Kingdom abortion statistics released today reveal that in 2016, 28 women from Offaly travelled to the United Kingdom for an abortion, representing one individual making the trip from the county every 13 days.

We do not know if the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act was then invoked or whether the girl went on to have an abortion.

Another 724 women gave addresses in Northern Ireland.

Abortion Rights Campaign spokeswoman Linda Kavanagh wrote, "It's hard not to think that the psychiatrist in this case essentially used the Mental Health Act as a tool to force a child into continuing an unwanted pregnancy due to their own personal beliefs".

"We also saw similar treatment of Ms X in 1992, another suicidal child in need of an abortion".

This equates to a decrease in the abortion rate from 7.5 per 1000 women in 2001 to 3.2 per thousand women in 2016.

The figures are contained in a report published by the department.

The medic wrote: 'As the young girl did not have a mental illness she could not be detained under the Mental Heath Act. This is because women change their minds, experience a spontaneous miscarriage, decide to travel overseas to obtain an abortion or decide to continue with their pregnancy.

Figures published by one provider would suggest a 62% increase in the number of women from Ireland contacting that online service over a five-year period, from 548 in 2010 to 1438 in 2015.

"Recent research shows that increasing numbers of women from the island of Ireland are making contact with online abortion pill providers".

A woman is now being prosecuted in Northern Ireland for helping her 15-year-old daughter procure abortion pills online, after a doctor at a clinic where she had sought advice from her GP reported her to the police.

The girl - whose identity is protected and kept private under the European Union law - was seeking to terminate her pregnancy but was reportedly sent to a psychiatry clinic against her will in 2016, according to a report shared by the Child Care Law Reporting Project on Monday.

At a press conference in Dublin today, the Center's Regional Director for Europe Leah Hoctor said political leadership is needed to bring about a change in Ireland's abortion legislation. In April, the Assembly recommended that abortion should be legal in Ireland without restriction up to 12 weeks of pregnancy.


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