Tuesday 16 January 2018

It's time to stop outsourcing abortion

Letting women have terminations in the British embassy can keep all sides happy, writes Gene Kerrigan

THERE is a solution to this abortion mess – a solution that follows logically from the makeshift compromises and political cowardice of the past 30 years. Presently, I will outline this rational and workable solution. It's consistent with our current abortion policies and it would work. Many people, however, will find it unpalatable.

It's important to recognise that there are two separate aspects to this problem. First, there's the demand for abortion. More than 4,000 Irish women each year go to the UK to terminate pregnancies. Plus, there are others who can't afford to make that journey. Some of them for financial reasons. Others are in practical or psychological circumstances that make that journey impossible.

This first aspect of the problem is deeply human, resulting in huge strain on thousands of women for whom abortion is an unsatisfactory but necessary course. It arouses strong, genuine, valid feelings, among both pro- and anti-choice advocates.

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