Restricted access to abortion in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland: exploring abortion tourism and barriers to legal reform

Fiona Bloomer, Kellie O'Dowd

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Abstract

Access to abortion remains a controversial issue worldwide. In Ireland, both north andsouth, legal restrictions have resulted in thousands of women travelling to England andWales and further afield to obtain abortions in the last decade alone, while otherspurchase the ‘abortion pill’ from Internet sources. This paper considers the socio-legalcontext in both jurisdictions, the data on those travelling to access abortion and thebarriers to legal reform. It argues that moral conservatism in Ireland, north and south,has contributed to the restricted access to abortion, impacting on the experience ofthousands of women, resulting in these individuals becoming ‘abortion tourists’.
LanguageEnglish
Pages366-380
JournalCulture, Health and Sexuality
Volume16
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 11 Mar 2014

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Keywords

  • abortion
  • abortion tourism
  • moral conservatism
  • Ireland

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