Fact check: Have more than 170,000 Irish women travelled abroad for an abortion?

Solidarty party claims 170,000 have travelled for abortion since 1980

Members of Solidarity erecting the referendum poster in Dublin city centre last month.

Members of Solidarity erecting the referendum poster in Dublin city centre last month.

Question

Have more than 170,000 women travelled abroad from Ireland for abortions ?

Who is making the claim?

The statistic is used by the Solidarity party on its posters, on which they say more than 170,000 women have been forced to travel abroad from Ireland for terminations. While the party uses the term “forced” we obviously cannot fact check that particular element. However, we can test how many women have travelled for abortions to the UK and elsewhere based on official figures made available to us.

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