Together For Yes campaign releases new figures

Pictured at the Get Together For Yes tour in Tralee were speakers Paula Dennan, Senator Ned O’Sullivan, Dr Patricia Mangan and Orla O’Connor with volunteers and supporters.
Pictures: Barry Cronin

A TOTAL of 293 women in Kerry have travelled to the UK for an abortion between 2012 and 2016, new figures reveal.

According to the UK Department of Health and Social Care, that number of women gave a Kerry address when they travelled to England or Wales for a termination over the five-year period.

Specifically, the number of women from Kerry who travelled include 74 in 2012, 51 in 2013, 63 in 2014, 56 in 2015, and 49 in 2016.

The figures are revealed today by the Together For Yes campaign and co-director, Orla O’Connor, stated that it lays out, in stark detail, the numbers of women from Kerry who have travelled to the UK for an abortion.

“They prove that abortion is a reality in Kerry – it is just unsafe and unregulated. The figures don’t even take account of the number of women in Kerry who may have taken an abortion pill or travelled to another jurisdiction in Europe for an abortion,” she said.

Pictured at the Get Together For Yes tour in Tralee were Senator Ned O’Sullivan, Dr Patricia Mangan and Orla O’Connor

“Overall, more than 18,000 women in Ireland travelled to the UK for an abortion during the five-year period. These include women from Kerry,” Ms O’Connor added.

Meanwhile what is billed as a Get Together For Yes regional conversations tour arrived in Kerry where thse involved were campaigning for a Yes vote on May 25.

Keynote speakers at a rally in the Meadowlands Hotel, Tralee included Killarney GP Dr Patricia Mangan of the Doctors for Yes Group, Kerry Senator Ned O’Sullivan and Orla O’Connor, Co-Director, Together for Yes.

The aim of the gathering was to create a space for open and honest discussion about the 8th amendment.

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