The campaign to decriminalise abortion across the UK

Travelling from Northern Ireland

In Northern Ireland, abortion is  illegal in almost all circumstance. For Northern Irish women, this means that they cannot access free, safe, and legal abortion in their own country.

For many women, the only option is to travel to Great Britain. In 2016, 724 women travelled from Northern Ireland to England and Wales to access abortion services. Since the Abortion Act 1967 was passed for England and Wales, more than 60,000 women from Ireland have been forced to travel. bpas cares for hundreds of Northern Irish women every year.

The law is not fit for purpose. It harms women – UK citizens – and bpas, Northern Irish organisations, medical bodies, and the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women want to see it changed.

As part of the campaign, bpas want to hear from women from Northern Ireland who have travelled to Great Britain to have an abortion. No matter when, where, or whether you came to bpas or another provider, we want to hear from you. Tell us your story now.

Tell your story

    When did you travel to access abortion services?

    Where did you access abortion services? Please include the name of the clinic, if known.

    Share your experience. What happened to you?

    What impact did the law have on you? Were you able to tell anyone? Could anyone attend with you?

    What hopes do you have for any new law in Northern Ireland?

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