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20,000 abortions carried out on Irish women in the UK over the last five years – including 152 in girls under 16

Published 14/12/2015 | 10:31

Pro-Choice supporters at a protest over abortion rights last year on Dublin’s O’Connell Street. Photo: Tony Gavin
Pro-Choice supporters at a protest over abortion rights last year on Dublin’s O’Connell Street. Photo: Tony Gavin

ALMOST 20,000 women travelled from the Republic of Ireland to the UK for an abortion over the last five years, it has been revealed.

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4,652 women travelled from Northern Ireland, meaning almost 25,000 women travelled from the island over the last five years.

Figures from the British Department of Health in London show that almost half (45pc) of those who travelled went to clinics in Manchester.

The Marie Stopes International Manchester was the most used clinic.

The figures also reveal that 152 girls under the age of 16 travelled from the Republic for abortions during the period – with 69 girls under 16 travelling from the north.

The cost of an abortion ranges anywhere from €500 up to €2,000.

The figures also reveal that 557 women from the Republic had ‘late term’ abortions performed – after 20 weeks.

However the vast majority of women from the Republic (13,601) have terminations performed within the first nine weeks.

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