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Why abortion is still the secret that women won't reveal to their friends

Published 05/03/2014 | 02:30

Janet Ni Shuilleabhain pictured 20 years ago and (right) recently
Janet Ni Shuilleabhain pictured 20 years ago and (right) recently

Every day, 11 women from this country travel to the UK to have an abortion – when are we going to acknowledge their existence?

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For more than 20 years, since the X Case judgment, discussion of abortion in Ireland has largely been confined to those very limited cases where pregnancy poses a threat to a woman's life.

It is a measure of just how perverse the debate in Ireland is that legalising abortion, only in instances that would save a woman's life, proved a matter of controversy for two decades.

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