Woman Live Tweets the Journey From Ireland to England to Obtain A Legal Abortion

An anonymous Irish woman is making worldwide headlines after live-tweeting her long trip to the United Kingdom to access a legal abortion. The woman and a friend accompanying her tweeted from the account Two Women Travel; many of their tweets were directed at Irish prime minister Enda Kenny, who’s trying very, very hard to ignore this whole thing.

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Two Women Travel launched their live tweets on August 19, and tweeted until August 21, from the Dublin airport to one in Manchester, England to a procedure room and back again. The tweets are by turns matter-of-fact and bitingly sarcastic, reminding Kenny that “in another world, we could be home by noon.”

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The New York Times spoke with the friend who accompanied the woman getting the abortion; the woman herself declined to be interviewed.

“It was an even mix of being tired in transport and being tired in waiting rooms,” the friend told the Times.

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As they made their journey, though, more and more people began tweeting in support, including TV host James Corden and the country’s health minister, Simon Harris.

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Abortion is illegal in Ireland except when a woman’s life is judged to be at risk. In 2015, at least 3,451 women traveled from Ireland to the United Kingdom in order to obtain a legal abortion, according to the Irish Family Planning Association. It’s a trip at least 100,000 women have had to make since 1980, and a journey that’s gained renewed attention as activists push for a repeal of the Eighth Amendment, Ireland’s strict anti-abortion measure.

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In one of their last tweets, the women displayed a hand-written note to Kenny, telling him that his silence “speaks volumes and the world has heard you.”

Anna Merlan was a Senior Reporter at G/O Media until September 2019. She's the author of Republic of Lies: American Conspiracy Theorists and Their Surprising Rise to Power.

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They have it relatively easy—soon we’ll have to climb a wall into México.