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A client from Dublin shares her story

18 January 2018

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    "I know eight women who have gone to England for their abortions, but it’s not widely spoken about, it’s only when I mention that it’s what I did that people start opening up about their own experience."

    A client from Dublin shares her story about having to travel to Manchester to access legal abortion services.

    "When I found out I was pregnant, I was 34 or 35 at the time, and a married woman. I went to the doctors, but their hands are tied In Ireland.

    "They gave me details of a counsellor, but there was a 3 week wait. So I went online and researched my options, and I found Marie Stopes UK"

    "I want women in Northern Ireland and Ireland to know that there is help."

    "I chose Marie Stopes Manchester Centre because it worked out cheaper for me in terms of flights and accommodation. I couldn’t have faced a flight home.

    "I paid for a friend’s flights and hotel in Manchester to come with me. I was so glad that my friend was there as I was in an unfamiliar city and it was a difficult time. But it ended up costing so much money.

    "I know eight women who have gone to England for their abortions, but it’s not widely spoken about, it’s only when I mention that it’s what I did that people start opening up about their own experience.

    "For me it was the right choice, but it was made so much harder than it should have been. I put the whole thing on a credit card, but at least I could pay for it. There are women with no way of paying. I want women in Northern Ireland and Ireland to know that there is help."

    A client from Dublin shares her story