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Irish women flock to UK for abortions

The British Pregnancy Advisory Service said there were 133 terminations of pregnancy at its clinics involving women from the Republic in June, with 110 in July, 115 in August and 120 in September (stock photo)
The British Pregnancy Advisory Service said there were 133 terminations of pregnancy at its clinics involving women from the Republic in June, with 110 in July, 115 in August and 120 in September (stock photo)

Hundreds of women have travelled from the Republic to the UK's leading provider of abortion since the repeal the eighth amendment referendum, new figures reveal.

The British Pregnancy Advisory Service said there were 133 terminations of pregnancy at its clinics involving women from the Republic in June, with 110 in July, 115 in August and 120 in September.

The ongoing demand for abortion comes as the Health (Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy) Bill returns to the Dail for report stage this week before going to the Seanad.

Several amendments are to be brought forward again by anti and pro-abortion TDS including the removal of the word "serious" in determining the level of risk which must be reached before a woman is deemed eligible for a termination.

There is growing concern that while the legislation may pass before the end of the year, the original target to have it operational in January with wider access to abortion will not be met.

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