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Record numbers of Irish women visit Britain for abortion

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 04 September 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:593
  1. Doug Payne
  1. Dublin

    The abortion issue in the Republic of Ireland—never far from the public consciousness—is bubbling up again. New figures show that a record number of women from therepublic had abortions in Britain in the first three months of this year—1520 compared with 1458 last year, an increase of 4% In total, 5892 women who had abortions in Britain last year gave their address as being in the republic, compared with the 1997 figure of 5336.

    In addition, about 2000 women from Northern Ireland also travel to Britain each year because the United Kingdom's 1967 Abortion Act does not apply …

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