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Abortion in Ireland

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POLICY

Advocacy iconThe IFPA believes that abortion is an intimate aspect of private life, intricately linked with human rights values and principles that protect a woman's and girl's sexual and reproductive rights. These rights include the right to life, health, privacy, non-discrimination and to be free from cruel and degrading treatment. These values are unacceptably infringed upon by the criminalisation and inaccessibility of safe and legal abortion in Ireland. The IFPA supports the choices of women and girls with an unplanned or crisis pregnancy in all circumstances.

SERVICES

Counselling logo The IFPA's free nationwide counselling service provides a safe, confidential, non-directive and non-judgmental space for anyone to explore their feelings about their pregnancy and to discuss their options. Upon request, counsellors will provide information on abortion services in other countries. We also offer free post-abortion counselling and free post-abortion medical checkups. IFPA counsellors will support a woman's own choice in all cases. More

IRISH ABORTION LAW & POLICY

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Abortion is legal in Ireland only when there is a real and substantial risk to the life of the pregnant woman, this includes the risk of suicide. It is not against the law for women to travel abroad to access abortion services or to access information on safe and legal abortion services in other countries. More

STATISTICS

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Between January 1980 and December 2013, at least 159,779 women travelled from the Republic of Ireland for safe abortion services abroad. This section contains official statistics on the number of women and girls who have given Republic of Ireland addresses at abortion clinics in England and Wales and the Netherlands. More

 

ABORTION & PUBLIC OPINION

The dysfunctional way Irish policy makers have dealt with women’s need for abortion in Ireland can give the impression that the abortion issue is somehow different in Ireland. This is not the case. For more than a decade, there has been a significant shift in public attitudes towards abortion in Ireland. Opinion polls consistently show increased support for access to abortion. More

 

A, B & C v IRELAND

In the case of A, B, C v Ireland, three women, known as A, B and C, successfully challenged Ireland's abortion laws at the European Court of Human Rights. The Court unanimously found that Ireland's failure to implement the existing constitutional right to an abortion when a woman's life is at risk violated the European Convention on Human Rights. More.

 

WOMEN HAVE ABORTIONS EVERY DAY: VIDEO

Stigma silences the voices of women and girls in Ireland who seek abortion. This award-winning video aims to facilitate an open and honest dialogue on abortion and dispel myths that stigmatise women who seek abortion. Watch the video here.

 

 

ABORTION IN IRELAND : VIDEO

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Myths and facts presented out of context are all too common in the debate about abortion in Ireland. This video provides key information and statistics about abortion in Ireland to ensure that the debate is informed by facts not misinformation. Watch the video here.

 

PSYCHOLOGICAL, PHYSICAL & FINANCIAL COSTS OF TRAVEL

Women's many reasons for choosing abortion - such as financial worries, concern about the well-being of other children, diagnosis of foetal anomaly, rape, pre-existing health problems, relationship issues - can be extremely stressful. For these women, the need to travel for abortion involves unnecessary psychological, physical and financial hardship. More

 

ABORTION & HUMAN RIGHTS

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Access to safe and legal abortion is a human rights issue. Restrictive abortion laws negatively impact on, among others, a woman’s right to life, right to health, right to privacy and right to non-discrimination. Ireland’s restrictive abortion laws deny women and girls these fundamental rights by criminalising abortion in almost all circumstances. The Irish Government has been criticised by several international human rights bodies for its failure to reform Ireland’s abortion laws, in violation of its obligations under human rights treaties. More

 

RESOURCES

The Irish Journey cover imageThis section contains resources on abortion in Ireland, including the IFPA's ground-breaking publication The Irish Journey, where Irish women tell their stories of abortion. Further publications and resources on abortion laws, policies and human rights standards in Ireland and internationally can also be found in this section. More

 

 

 

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