Sixteen women who flew to the UK for an abortion reported being from Co Longford
Sixteen women from Longford were among the 3,265 from the Republic of Ireland who in 2016 travelled to the UK for an abortion.
Minister for Health Simon Harris made the revelation in a Dáil speech during the debate on the report of the Joint Committee on the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution.
Some 21 travelled from Leitrim, 20 from Roscommon, 39 from Cavan, 38 from Westmeath, 1,175 from Dublin and 241 from Cork. The figures relate to the addresses given by the women at the UK clinics.
Minister Harris said, “These are not faceless women. They are our friends and neighbours, sisters, cousins, mothers, aunts, wives. Each woman is dealing with her own personal situation and making what is a deeply difficult decision.”
It is expected that a referendum on the repeal of the Eighth Amendment will be held in late May or June.