Defiant

2 Irish women live-tweet their journey for an abortion in Britain

Repeal the 8th Amendment campaigners call for a referendum on the introduction of laws on abortion in Dublin, Ireland April 6, 2016. (REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne)

Banned from receiving an abortion in Ireland, a woman — together with her friend — has tweeted about their journey to Britain on Saturday under the handle Two Women Travel. “Two women, one procedure, 48 hours away from home,” is how they described their mission, while remaining anonymous. The woman seeking the procedure is among the more than 3,000 women who travel to the U.K. from Ireland annually for abortions.

The women’s posts all tagged Irish prime minister Enda Kenny, who supports the country’s strict abortion laws, with the exception of cases where the woman’s life is at risk. The overwhelmingly majority Catholic nation has the strictest ban in all of the European Union.

After the procedure to terminate the pregnancy, the women thanked their supporters: “Our love to you all. @EndaKennyTD failed us. You did not.”

Kenny has committed to convening a Citizens’ Assembly of 100 representatives in October, to review proposed changes to the constitution, that include consideration of the eighth amendment, which grants equal rights to a fetus and its mother. It is reportedly Kenny’s view that any referendum to challenge the amendment would fail.

Meanwhile, the @TwoWomenTravel campaigners are pressing on. “We defy the Irish government to ignore us and we defy our Taoiseach [prime minister) Enda Kenny to avoid this conversation. We have done this to bring to light the reality of our journey to our sisters, mothers brothers, fathers, friends, colleagues and total strangers. All of whom have shown more empathy, support and acceptance than our own government.

Read the full story at The Washington Post.

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