Brexit could make it even harder for Irish women seeking abortions in the UK
LONDON — As the United Kingdom absorbs the European Union referendum results, the impact of a “Brexit” on daily life is at the forefront of the British public’s mind.
In the aftermath of the vote, Brits are questioning how leaving the EU will affect their jobs, their retirement, their wealth, the way in which they travel, and their future plans. But, the British public aren’t the only ones whose lives could be directly affected once the UK exits the EU.
Currently, women in the Republic of Ireland — where abortion is illegal — travel to England in order to gain access to safe and legal abortions. In fact, since the 8th Amendment went into effect in 1983 — introducing a ban on abortion — an estimated 150,000 women have travelled abroad to get access to legal abortion services. Read more…