Irish Twitter users at loggerheads over Shout Your Abortion hashtag
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Irish Twitter users at loggerheads over Shout Your Abortion hashtag

WOMEN across the world are sharing their abortion stories on Twitter but in Ireland it has proved controversial. 

The hashtag #ShoutYourAbortion began trending in Ireland yesterday after pro-choice campaigners in the US began the initiative.

American writers Amelia Bonow and Lindy West started their campaign after the US government cut funding to Planned Parenting, which provides abortion services.

Ms Bonow's personal story of abortion kickstarted the trend.

"Plenty of people still believe that on some level - if you are a good woman - abortion is a choice which should be accompanied by some level of sadness, shame or regret," she wrote.

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"But you know what? I have a good heart and having an abortion made me happy in a totally unqualified way."

In Ireland, termination is only permitted in extreme circumstances meaning many women travel abroad for the procedure.

Britain is one of many “abortion tourism” hotspots for Irish women who do not wish to continue with a pregnancy.

Pro-life and pro-choice campaigners in Ireland clashed once again at the issue, using the hashtag as a way to highlight their sides of the argument.

Some agreed it was time for women to talk

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But others were completely against the trend

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The abortion debate in Ireland has flared up again as Taoiseach Enda Kenny indicated that next year's General Election will take place in February.

Pro-choice campaigners are seeking politicians to put the issue on their agenda ahead of the vote.

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The pro-choice side saw a boost last week when more than 240 well-known Irish figures in literature, art and music leant their support to a campaign to repeal the Eighth Amendment of the Irish Constitution which prohibits abortion.