STATISTICS published this week by the UK Department of Health show that 50 women with addresses in Kerry travelled to have an abortion in England or Wales in 2017.
But Paula Dennan, the Kerry for Choice convener, insisted that the figures are the tip of the iceberg because they only include those who provided their home address.
“Many pregnant people use the UK address of family or friends and some pregnant people access abortion care in countries other than England or Wales,” she said.
“Others resort to ordering illegal in Ireland abortion pills online and taking them without medical supervision, risking 14 years in prison,” she added.
The Kerry for Choice official said the removal of the Eighth Amendment was the first step to providing real and realistic abortion care in Ireland.
“The people of Kerry voted Yes, knowing what the proposed legislation entailed. We must now ensure there is no roll-back of what was promised in the heads of bill,” Ms Dennan stated.
“Until legislation is implemented, one woman every week will continue to leave Kerry to access the abortion care she needs abroad”.
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