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A leading campaigner for abortion rights in Ireland has expressed concern that post-Brexit border controls could make it harder and more expensive for Irish women to travel to Great Britain for an abortion.
Every year around 3,600 women travel from Ireland to the UK for abortions as a result of the eighth amendment of the Irish constitution, a law that prohibits the procedure in all circumstances unless the mother's life is seen to be at immediate risk. The same law applies in Northern Ireland.
"We can’t just see Britain post-Brexit as an extension of a health service
for people from this country. It’s not going to function like that," Ailbhe Smyth, convenor of the Coalition to Repeal the Eighth Amendment, told BuzzFeed News.
"We have relied on Britain to 'solve' the reality of abortion for Irish women," she continued. "We take that for granted, and I am raising a question mark and saying, should we be taking this for granted? No, we..