Courts will not turn a blind eye to abortion - we must take the law into our own hands
Published 19/01/2016 | 02:30
The prosecution of women in Northern Ireland for taking abortion pills could be a portent of things to come in the Republic unless our draconian abortion laws are changed.
Last week, a 21-year-old woman appeared before a Belfast court charged with two offences that have remained unchanged on its statute book since 1861 - unlawfully administering to herself noxious substances with the intent to procure a miscarriage and supplying or procuring a poison knowing that it was going to be used to induce a miscarriage.
The "noxious substances" and "poisons" this woman is accused of obtaining are actually the well-known abortifacient drugs Mifepristone and Misoprostol, which are on the World Health Organisations (WHO) list of essential drugs.