A BRITISH abortion provider has started a campaign to bring abortion clinics to Ireland.
The British Pregnancy Advisory Service (bpas) today launched a media campaign calling on the government to allow a referendum to permit abortion in Ireland.
The group claims that the Protection of Life during Pregnancy Ac doesn’t go far enough.
Ann Furedi, bpas chief executive, said: "Abortion is as much a fact of life for women in Cork as for women in Coventry or Carlisle. The women we see from Ireland are just like those from England - but made more desperate by the financial and emotional cost of having to travel.
"No politician, in a civilised country, should force women to make a journey abroad for abortion care. The decision alone is a tough enough journey."
The campaign has also spread to Twitter, where it is using the hashtag #nowaytotreatwomen.
Bpas is a non-profit organisation, and says "All income generated from our services is invested in UK services and advocacy work."
The group placed an advert in The Irish Times this morning which said: "As if deciding to have an abortion wasn’t enough of a journey, Almost 4,000 Irish women have to travel to Britain for help every year, We’ll care for your women until your government does."