Traveling for Abortions 1

BY ELLE WALLS

Kristyna Murphy and I are reporting on abortion in Ireland.

It is illegal in Ireland for a woman to get an abortion unless there is proof that the woman’s health is at risk. This law forces women to travel to other countries to receive an abortion. There are organizations that assist women with crisis pregnancies around Ireland, offer support post-abortion and even help the women set up their procedure outside the country.

Ideally, we would like to profile a woman who has traveled for an abortion or is planning on traveling for an abortion. We knew these organizations would not release names, but we thought they could ask women if they would be willing to contact us to share their story. So far, that has not been the case. We have an interview with the Irish Family Planning Association and the press office for the Catholic Church, but we are still struggling to put a face to our story. I posted on a few blogs I found and e-mailed pro-choice groups but have not heard back. Kristyna Facebooked a few people and sent out a question on Twitter. Someone messaged her on Facebook asking if we would need to meet with the person, but that is all we have heard so far.

Even if we have to change the direction from a profile to a news story with ties to the U.S., I think it will be a very interesting piece. The interviews today should provide us with a lot of information.

We will be interviewing the IFPA in a few hours.

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