Saturday 16 December 2017

Colette Browne: Brave women can force State to change cruel abortion laws

Amanda Mellet: 'It's not easy to share our loss so publicly, and we wish we did not have to.'
Amanda Mellet: 'It's not easy to share our loss so publicly, and we wish we did not have to.'

Behind every imperceptible evolution in Ireland's medieval abortion regime is a story of a woman's personal trauma, grief and pain. Abandoned by successive governments, it is individual women who have had to take on the might of the State in order to secure any relaxation of its absolutist rules.

We don't know their names, their identities obscured behind letters – C, D and X. They include a 14-year-old rape victim and a woman who was denied life-saving cancer treatment.

They had to embark on stressful legal battles, in national and international courts, during or after scarifying personal crises. For nearly 30 years, every single resource at the State's disposal has been employed to defend a fiction – the fiction that there's no such thing as an Irish abortion.

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