Personal accounts from women in Ireland who sought abortion prior to the repeal of the Eighth Amendment. The stories are written in the woman's own words and were taken from the In Her Shoes Facebook page which was set up in January 2018 prior to the referendum in May 2018. The Facebook page was instrumental in changing voters’ minds about abortion in the run up to the referendum. The stories capture the reality for many women living under the Eighth Amendment and offered an insight into the difficulties surrounding the illegality of abortion. The stories provide details of being refused healthcare, barriers to access, the experiences of travel for healthcare abroad, illegally ordering pills online and the emotional impact of this.
*Sensivity Warning*: These stories contain personal accounts of rape, domestic violence, self-harm and other forms of hurt which may cause the reader distress. Please find our Self-Care Protocol which we have designed for researchers working with sensitive and potentially traumatic data at this link: https://doi.org/10.7486/DRI.7079k0713
Please note, personal stories are restricted access for teaching and research only. See our statement on archiving the In Her Shoes page here: https://doi.org/10.7486/DRI.bv73rs631 and our Ethical Protocol for the project here: https://doi.org/10.7486/DRI.6t05h703d