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

Published 30/10/2010 | 05:00

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.

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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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