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MORE than 3,000 women travel to Liverpool from Ireland every year for a private abortion - double last year's figure.

Latest figures from the Family Planning Association This article is about the UK charity. For the Hong Kong organisation, see The Family Planning Association of Hong Kong.

The Family Planning Association, also known as fpa, is a UK registered charity (number 250187) working to promote sexual health.
 in Northern Ireland Northern Ireland: see Ireland, Northern.
Northern Ireland

Part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland occupying the northeastern portion of the island of Ireland. Area: 5,461 sq mi (14,144 sq km). Population (2001): 1,685,267.
 show an estimated 1,000 people coming from Northern Ireland and around 2,000 travelling from the Republic.

Women travel to Liverpool for private abortions to escape severe restrictions in both Northern Ireland and the Republic.

Liverpool has long been a favoured destination because of the ferry link with Ireland and this has been reinforced by cheap flights between Liverpool and Belfast.

The estimated numbers are double the 1,000 women who came to pregnancy advisory service BPAS BPAS British Pregnancy Advisory Service
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 in Merseyside last year.
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUN
Date:May 27, 2003
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