Wednesday 13 December 2017

Nine years after my case, mothers and the 'unviable unborn' are still being let down

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Deirdre Conroy

Deirdre Conroy

I am the 'D' in the D v Ireland case that has become the subject of so much comment in recent weeks.

Now I want to apologise to the hundreds of families who, over the next four years at least, will be devastated when their pregnant wife, daughter, mother or sister receives a diagnosis of fatal foetal abnormality. I have been told that if I had applied straight to the Irish High Court when I received that diagnosis 13 years ago, things might be different now. I stayed anonymous to grieve and recover, to be in good health for my other children.

The appalling vista this week of 104 politicians voting against medical intervention when a foetus is incompatible with survival haunts me.

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