Friday 21 July 2017

Medb Ruane: Why turning to abortion care on the internet signals a real crisis in healthcare for women

Google the words 'abortion pills' and you'll find more than 475,000 results in 0.18 seconds. You can order the medication privately and hope to avoid an expensive, lonely journey to a British or Dutch clinic.

The whole transaction can cost less than €75, which is much cheaper than travelling abroad for a termination. Left click, activate PayPal and wait a few days for An Post to deliver them to your chosen address.

Ethics apart, it's an economic no-brainer in recessionary times -- but it's very risky, the sources are suspect and it's wholly illegal in Ireland. Here, you can't even get a morning-after pill without a doctor's say so.

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