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In the eyes of the State, it seems this woman was not a human with rights

During our most recent, divisive debates on abortion, Professor William Binchy and others warned us of the arrival of horrific "abortion mills" into Ireland if we dared legislate for the X Case. This week, he can rest assured that there is no place in Ireland where a "well woman with a well child" [ie a pregnant woman suffering from suicidal ideation, a potentially fatal condition] would be offered the human rights which would be commonplace in the rest of Europe.

It is with horror and not a little fear that I try to understand what happened to a young woman in our country recently. Faced with a crisis pregnancy and for reasons which we are not able to disclose, this young woman was not in a position ( as so many thousands of Irish women have done, and continue to do, before her) to head to the UK or further afield to get the medical attention she wanted.

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