Anonymous 4

"My story happened exactly ten years ago... The day we arrived home, my mother was admitted to hospital for a week. I spent that time caring for my father, unable to talk to anyone because of the stigma attached to abortion."

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Sarah

"Shortly after my termination, I ended up in hospital from an incomplete abortion. This could have been avoided if I had gone for an aftercare scan with IFPA or Reproductive Choices but I couldn’t face the people from Gianna Care again..."

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Hazel

"Being married and being pregnant with a baby you cannot see yourself being in any position to bring into this world is frightening, especially if you have two others, which I had at that time..."

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All Alone, Having Confided in No one

Lisa

"It would be three weeks before I made my journey. I had to work my ass off doing extra shifts and trying to care for the baby I already had. Also trying to keep on top of lies I had created so that no one knew what was happening. I was numb and robotic for those three weeks..."

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Sinéad

"My parents didn’t have the money to pay for this and had no access to money from the bank or family so my mum took out a loan from a high interest finance company.  The company called to our door every Saturday morning for two years to collect the repayment."

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3 Empty Hospital Beds, blue sheets

Anonymous 3

"I was 16 years old when I first became pregnant. I was afraid to tell my family as 1980’s Ireland was not a welcoming place for women who were pregnant out of wedlock..."

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Empty Pill Box

Anonymous 2

" I found it a very uncomfortable situation that something was happening to my life that I didn't want and had no control over."

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Susie

"Trying to co-ordinate my flights, the clinic appointment as well as childcare was difficult. The only clinic I could attend was near Heathrow which meant that flights were super expensive. I had no option but to travel alone..."

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Siobhán

"I would say to every Irish woman who like me had to make that tough lonely journey, Mná na hÉireann, be proud and may we soon not have to run away from our homes and country to seek the care and support we need."

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Deborah

"I got a taxi to the clinic. The 'pro-life' protesters outside were shouting and roaring. I was terrified ... That was 19 years ago ... I did nothing wrong. I made a decision based on what was best for me."

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Trish (Guest Post)

"I know that having the money [to travel] might make little difference as many days I’m bed-bound with movement terrifyingly painful, so an entire trek through airports and bus stations would be impossible."

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Kate

"I spent endless time searching online for ways to have a home abortion. I did all sorts of desperate things to myself, to no avail. I worked evenings after college, and double shifts to save. I cried constantly and couldn’t eat..."

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Pink Teddy Bear

Tracey

"I was 22 weeks pregnant when we found out Grace was terminally ill. She had, after many examinations by professors of fetal medicine, Thanatophoric Dysplasia..."

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Caoimhe

"When I arrived at the clinic I recognised a woman I had seen crying in the bathroom in Dublin airport – her friend reassuring her that it would be OK..."

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Paula

"There is no question that the abortion made my life better. It was not a decision I made lightly or with little thought, although I felt then (and still do) that it was the only choice I had that would lead to a positive outcome..."

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3 abortion pills Mifepristone and Misoprostol

Anonymous 1

"It was terrifying to think that my entire life (and my 5 children’s) was hinging on one envelope making it into Ireland. Thankfully it arrived..."

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Róisín

"I had always thought of myself as “pro-life” but when it came down to it, I had to put the needs of my family first and so my partner & I decided that a medical abortion was the best option for our family..."

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Lucy

"In 2015,  I was not raped. There was no foetal abnormality. My life was not at risk. I was just a girl who was not ready to be a mother..."

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Eabha

"The care I received in the BPAS clinic was second to none. As a nurse myself it was wonderful to be treated with such dignity and compassion in a terrible situation..."

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Ireland is a nation of story tellers, yet there are some stories that we don’t tell. Every day the impacts of the 8th Amendment are experienced in the most personal and intimate ways imaginable. Through this project we reveal the humanity of complex lives, considered decisions and difficult journeys. We hope these stories bring perspective, compassion and understanding to often divisive and difficult public debates and will help us find common ground.

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