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Ellie Flynn investigates both sides of the Abortion Referendum

Jun 11, 2018

In the months leading up to, and the days following Ireland’s historic referendum to repeal the eighth amendment, investigative journalist Ellie Flynn followed the story of the landmark vote to legalise abortion. 

Ahead of the referendum, Ellie travelled to Ireland to meet activists and campaigners from both sides of the debate to try and understand the impact of the law for young Irish voters, and discovers that this incredibly divisive and emotionally charged issue is not as black and white as it seems. She meets a young ‘No’ vote campaigner who believes he's only alive because the amendment stopped his mother from aborting him in her youth and speaks to a woman who made the tragic decision to travel to the UK to abort her much-wanted daughter after discovering she would be in extreme pain for the few moments she was likely to survive.

In a behind-the-scenes look at a UK abortion clinic, Ellie speaks to Irish women who have travelled abroad to abort and meets the woman facilitating medical
abortions on Irish soil.

On 25 May, Ireland voted Yes to the constitutional amendment to legalise abortion and Ellie returned to discuss the reaction.
Available on BBC iPlayer and YouTube from 10 am on Wednesday 13 June.