Opinion Comment

Thursday 27 April 2017

Barbara McCarthy: When it comes to abortion, can I be on the fence?

The sentencing of a young woman unleashed a wave of support, but I'm not sure I will be joining in, writes Barbara McCarthy

LAW: Abortion pills are illegal in Ireland. Photo: Depositphotos
LAW: Abortion pills are illegal in Ireland. Photo: Depositphotos

Barbara McCarthy

When I heard about the case of the 21-year-old who received a three-month suspended sentence after procuring abortion drugs online, I felt worse for the baby than for her. Reading about her flatmate coming upon a fully formed baby with 'fingers, little toes' in a bin was difficult to digest. The woman admitted to feeling sick and damaged mentally, as did I.

I can't say many online commentators shared my opinion. They were on the #notacriminal Amnesty organic-cotton T-shirt open-top bus to Dail Eireann.

Don't get me wrong, I think every woman should be allowed to have an abortion in her own country, but can we not take a common-sense approach to this? When it comes to abortion, is it okay to be on the fence?

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