[ View the story "Tweeting Ireland's abortion struggle" on Storify] Tweeting Ireland's abortion struggle Activist garners praise for sharing her story on country's citizen-run Twitter account.
The Stream· Fri, Feb 14 2014 14:27:12
There are so many of us who have had an abortion, but the shame and stigma has kept us silenced far too long.Ireland / Janet
That silence causes suffering for ourselves and for others who are traveling, estimated 12 women a day form Ireland.Ireland / Janet
The restrictions prompted her to travel to the United Kingdom for her abortion.
My first time ever on an airplane was to travel to the UK for my abortion, far from the glamours way flying was portrayed.Ireland / Janet
More shaming, more stigma, more lies. Having an abortion did not tear my life apart, I felt that having an abortion saved my life.Ireland / Janet
We had to tell so many lies about traveling, it was a supposed romantic weekend away.Ireland / Janet
She became pregnant three years after the so-called X case in 1992, a landmark Supreme Court ruling that made abortion constitutional only if a woman's life was at risk. Despite establishing the right for medical abortion, no
went into effect. At the centre of the X case was a 14-year-old who became pregnant after being raped and was also compelled to travel to the United Kingdom.
When the x case was happening in 1992 I was in 6th year. while the nuns were trying to get us to wear fetus feet pinsIreland / Janet
My sympathies lay with Ms X who was pregnant and did not want to be, was only 3 years young then I was.Ireland / Janet
Beyond tweeting about her own experience, Ní Shuilleabháin took the opportunity to share information about organisations that assist women.
Recently @Doctors4Choice have said that more Irish women have had abortions then have had their tonsils out.Ireland / Janet
The @AbortionSupport helps women from Ireland every day with information, money and somewhere to day when they travel to the uk.Ireland / Janet
Many online praised Janet for being brave.
@ireland Well done. Thanks for sharing.Adam Byrne
@ireland I appreciate your honesty & courage. I'm sure it will help many. Well done.Alistair
@ireland @IrishFPA @freesafelegal Brave of you to admit on such a public forum, fair play. And thank you for actively working for our rightshoozle
@ireland Thanks for your honesty JanetSarah Breen
@ireland Although I personally don't think I could have an abortion (but who knows) I respect other Women's decisions. Thanks for sharing.Joanne Coyle
@ireland @freesafelegal well done must be difficult saying it on here. James Bohan
In the video below, Janet participates in a video that encourages women to share their own stories:
Women Have Abortions Every Day: It's Just One Choiceirishfamilyplanning
Ireland's abortion debate gained global attention following the death of Savita Halappanavar in October 2012. Halappanavar had sought an abortion when told she was miscarrying, but her request was refused because her life was not considered in danger. The Stream covered Halappanavar's case in November.
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