A woman’s right to choose is not always guaranteed.

France recently celebrated the 40th anniversary of the legalization of abortion, but a woman’s right to choose is still denied in several European countries, including Ireland.

The predominantly Catholic country has some of the world’s most restrictive abortion laws. Despite decades of passionate and emotional calls for decriminalization, the procedure is still illegal and punishable by a 14-year jail sentence. The only exception is if a pregnant woman’s life is in danger.

Every year, it is estimated that 5000 women “Take the Boat”, a euphemism for travelling from Ireland to Europe to access abortion services.

Through the harrowing personal stories of Gillian, Vanessa, Melisa, Gerry and Gaye, Take the Boat, tells the emotional stories of Irish women and couples directly affected by this legislation and its far-reaching consequences.