Caoimhe Anglin made the choice to defy her country’s laws, deny her unborn baby a right to life and have an abortion last year.
Now, she is pushing for her native Ireland to overturn its pro-life laws and legalize abortion on demand.
The Irish Sun reports Anglin put together a display of stories from women who traveled outside Irish borders to abort their unborn babies. She complained that Ireland protects unborn babies’ right to life, and that women have to travel too far from home if they want an abortion.
Anglin shared her own experience of traveling to Manchester, England to abort her unborn baby. She complained that she slept in a hotel bathtub after her abortion and was afraid to tell her doctors about the severe pain she was experiencing.
“I still have no idea how it happened. I was always the responsible one, the organised one, the one who would never have a crisis pregnancy,” she told The Sun.
“I had been on the pill since I was a teenager and my boyfriend and I always used condoms just in case. When the condom broke, I wasn’t worried, as that’s why we always used two forms of contraception. Yet, there I was looking at four positive pregnancy tests,” she said.
Anglin and her boyfriend flew to Manchester to abort their unborn child, according to the report. When they got to their hotel after the abortion, she said she noticed that it charged £150 for soiled linens.
“That was it. I had been so brave until that moment but I just couldn’t hold it in anymore,” she said. “The hotel, the last minute fights, the transport to and from the airport, the surgery — my credit card was maxed out. I couldn’t afford another £150. This would break us.
“My boyfriend was already asleep in the bed so I made my way into the bathroom, rolled my jacket into a pillow and slept in the bathtub, crying myself to sleep.”
She said she continued to bleed heavily for two weeks and experienced pain so severe that she though she was going to die.
“I was too scared to go to my GP or to A and E, so I just lay and home, bleeding and crying in pain,” she said.
Anglin said she hopes her exhibit will help expose the trouble women go through to travel for abortions.
“Ten Irish women made the trip to England to access abortion every day last year — I was just one of them,” she said.
The Eighth Amendment of Ireland protects unborn babies’ right to life. However, abortion activists have been pressuring the country to legalize abortion on demand. Their efforts largely are supported by some of the world’s richest men.
Earlier this year, Irish lawmakers announced that a referendum vote on abortion will be held in May or June of 2018.
The vote is scheduled just prior to Pope Francis’s visit to Ireland for the World Meeting of Families. Abortion activists are afraid that the Catholic leader’s visit could influence voters to support unborn babies’ right to life.
Polls indicate Irish voters do not want abortion on demand. A recent poll by the Irish Times/Iposos MRBI found that just 24 percent of voters said they would support a referendum to repeal the Eighth Amendment and legalize abortion for any reason up to 22 weeks of pregnancy.