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In 5 years, nearly 25,000 women from Ireland sought abortions in Britain

By WITW Staff on December 17, 2015

As Ireland’s abortion debate rages on — as it had since the procedure was outlawed in 1861 — the women of the Republic and Northern Ireland continue to travel to Britain to terminate pregnancies. New information from Detail Data shows that in England and Wales from 2010 to 2014, there were 19,947 women from the Republic of Ireland who received abortions abroad, and 4,652 from Northern Ireland. Almost all of the abortions were women in their 20s, but 200 women under the age of 16 were recorded as having undergone the procedure in Britain and the oldest woman recorded was 49 years old.

Fewer than two percent were late-term abortions (pregnancies longer than 20 weeks.) Manchester and Liverpool were the top destinations for the women from Ireland, as cost of transportation to the cities is cheaper, as is the procedure.

See the data in full at Detail Data and read the report at The Guardian.