Ireland is one of the very few countries still charging women for the contraceptive pill. Photograph iStock

“No woman can call herself free who does not control her own body. A woman must have the fundamental freedom to choose whether she will or will not be(...)

Since the oral contraceptive pill was first introduced, hundreds of millions of women across the world have used it at some point in their lives. Photograph: Getty Images

In 2016, the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism reported that a study into a male contraceptive injection was halted after participant(...)

‘Most women are cared for without the need for onward referral. When they are, there is a network of committed obstetricians and nurses in hospitals, caring for them.’ Photograph: Getty Images

I never thought I would be a provider of abortion services. It’s not that surprising really. Abortion was not mentioned once in the medical curriculum(...)

With most women needing more than one pack and many also needing painkillers a woman’s 13 periods cost more than €100 per year. Photograph: iStock/Getty Images

In a scene from I, Daniel Blake, Katie, a young, single mother visits a food bank and, while picking up some vegetables and other staples, asks if the(...)

The Coombe Hospital in Dublin is one of  nine of the State’s 19 maternity hospitals to offer abortion services so far. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The Coombe Women and Infant’s University Hospital has begun offering abortion services, but only for women in its catchment area. The Coombe is the l(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris  described as ‘extraordinarily concerning and disturbing’ the thought that ‘anyone’s patient details could be leaked’ Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Minister for Health Simon Harris has ordered the Health Service Executive to investigate an alleged breach of patient information in relation to a wom(...)

Northern Ireland resident and campaigner Sarah Ewart, who travelled to England for a termination,  outside the Supreme Court in London. She has been campaigning for change since her own tragic experience. File photograph: Simon Dawson/Getty Images

On the 29th of this month, Sarah Ewart will appear before the High court in Belfast to present her case that women in Northern Ireland should have acc(...)

Amid the continuing controversy over an anti-abortion protest outside a GP clinic in Galway last week, Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Dr Diarmuid Martin said: “It’s up to the Government to provide ways in which the various rights of people are protected.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Today marks the day when Ireland’s new abortion service gets under way in earnest, with the first women likely to receive their medication in GP surge(...)

Dr Caitriona Henchion, Irish Family Planning Association medical director: ‘Most important is the referral pathway.’ File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Irish Family Planning Association (IFPA) is to start providing abortion services from January 7th – but only if the proper supports are in place. (...)

Two drugs, Mifepristone and Misoprostol, are used in a medical abortion. File photograph: Getty Images

With just three weeks to go before the planned introduction of abortion in Ireland, there remains widespread scepticism among health professionals tha(...)

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