X-iles

Irish women forced to go abroad for an abortion go public

Eleven pro-choice Irish women who had to travel to Britain to get an abortion are having their names and faces published online, in order to challenge stigmatization and the near-total ban on abortions in their country. In the Irish Republic, abortion is only allowed when continuing with a pregnancy would result in the mother’s death, or when the woman is suicidal, and medical teams carrying out an abortion beyond these limits could face a prison sentence of 14 years. The “X-ile Project” launched on Thursday, coinciding with World Human Rights day, will have dozens of women share their experiences with “being exiled” for an abortion. There will also be a protest at Dublin’s Trinity College — where 12 pro-choice activists will form a human chain for 12 minutes, to symbolize the average number of women traveling to Britain everyday in order to obtain an abortion. “What we are trying do with this project is to force the Irish public and the government to look at these women that they are exiling out of the country and to see that these women are their sisters, their mothers, their partners and people that they see every day in the street,” said Katie O’Neill, photographer of the pro-choice group X-ile Project. ”Everyone knows someone who has travelled over to England and we want to put a face to those stories,” she said.

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