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Giving birth alone and in terror still happens today

Published 12/05/2015 | 02:30

Giving birth alone and in terror still happens today
Giving birth alone and in terror still happens today

The items were pitifully sparse. A beige fleece blanket from Penneys, a scarcely used paper bag from Marks & Spencer and a rumpled black sack.

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It was a collection, laid carefully out on the table by gardaí, that spoke silently, but with tremendous power, of inexperienced youth, poverty and sheer blind terror.

The modern-day equivalent of rags, it was all that lay between a tiny, newborn baby girl and the elements.

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