Over 18,000 Irish women travelled to the UK for an abortion in four years 4 months ago

Over 18,000 Irish women travelled to the UK for an abortion in four years

Over 18,000 Irish women travelled to the UK for an abortion over the course of four years.

Statistics released today show that 18,112 women travelled from Ireland to Britain for abortion services between 2012 and 2016.

The data, released by the Together for Yes campaign from the UK's Department of Health and Social Care, included women who had given an Irish address when they attended a clinic and those who chose not to provide a specific address.

It did not include women in Ireland who took abortion pills at home or those who travelled elsewhere.

The 'Yes' side's recent campaign also showed that 55.8 percent of women who travelled between these years were over the age of 30.

Almost 40 percent were between 20 and 29, and 4.4 percent were under 20 years old.

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The majority of women travelling to the UK (63.3 percent) were already mothers, and 36.7 percent had no children at the time of their abortion.

6,314 of the women gave addresses in Dublin, while 1,448 provided Cork address.

The full list of women who travelled by county can be found below:

  • 169 from Carlow
  • 171 from Cavan
  • 312 from Clare
  • 1,448 from Cork
  • 571 from Meath
  • 388 from Donegal
  • 6,314 from Dubli
  • 715 from Galwa
  • 293 from Kerry
  • 669 from Kildare
  • 203 from Kilkenny
  • 173 from Laois
  • 83 from Leitrim
  • 520 from Limerick
  • 106 from Longford
  • 434 from Louth
  • 269 from Mayo
  • 99 from Monaghan
  • 219 from Offaly
  • 127 from Roscommon
  • 172 from Sligo
  • 403 from Tipperary
  • 295 from Waterford
  • 229 from Westmeath
  • 429 from Wexford
  • 441 from Wicklow

The referendum on the eighth amendment takes place on May 25.