Friday 24 March 2017

Change the law to stop this needless torture

• Regardless of the underlying medical causes of the deaths of Savita Halappanavar and her unborn daughter, it is about time we had a grown-up national conversation about unviable pregnancies, rather than deferring to the Catholic Church on all matters of morality.

My wife and I lost a baby in the 19th week of pregnancy due to anencephaly, a condition in which the baby does not develop a brain.

Mercifully, the baby's heartbeat had stopped in the 17th week, legally allowing induced labour.

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