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It is offensive that the Government doesn't trust us with our own bodies

THE bill may be progress, but it's not sufficient for me.

The draft allows for slight change, but is still hugely conservative and designed not to offend the pro-life contingent.

There are so many rules and regulations that I doubt it will actually have any significant impact on the number of terminations performed here. I don't believe it will stop thousands of women every year travelling abroad to have an abortion.

It bothers me that an already depressed and suicidal woman must prove her state of mind to three authoritarian figures in order to be given permission to end her pregnancy as opposed to her life.

I understand the Government's fear of women crying suicide to have an abortion, but for a genuinely vulnerable person already in a harrowing situation, it seems cruel.

To be at the mercy of medical professionals' decisions means that we're still light years away from how abortions are carried out in other countries.

I agree we need limits when it comes to abortion, and I believe the deadline of 24 weeks in Britain is far too late for termination. But the amount of rules makes me feel like the Government here simply doesn't trust women with our own bodies.

It seems that they're afraid to make abortion available, just in case we go wild and start using it as a form of contraception. They want to govern our morals and ethics, instead of believing that we know right from wrong and have our own moral compass to guide us.

I find it offensive.

I have never been pregnant, but I know that choosing abortion is a hideous decision for any woman to make, one that can never be taken lightly.

This is not a mortgage application; it's an unequivocal life-altering event. We should not have to be deemed suitable in order to have an abortion in our own country; we should have the freedom to choose.

Irish Independent