(CNN)An Irish couple have live tweeted their journey to the UK to have an abortion on Thursday.
The couple posted on Twitter from the @itstimetorepeal account -- a reference to Ireland's Eighth amendment, which makes abortion illegal under most circumstances in the Republic of Ireland.
The husband and wife, posting anonymously as Heartbroken & Punished, said they made the decision after learning that a fetal abnormality meant their child if carried to term, would likely die within hours after birth.
The couple's first child, now aged 3, was born with a genetic mutation and has spent much of his life in and out of hospital. The couple says he will require full time care for the foreseeable future.