Wednesday 20 June 2018

Abortion is part of women's healthcare

'Why is it that farmers can have their decision met without question, but women and girls have to beg for the right to decide when and how they reproduce?' (stock picture)
'Why is it that farmers can have their decision met without question, but women and girls have to beg for the right to decide when and how they reproduce?' (stock picture)
Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Sir - Cattle farmers have crisis pregnancies in their herds from time to time. If they decide that they do not want the pregnancy to continue, they call the vet. The vet might administer a drug such as Estrumate to abort the pregnancy.

Crisis over. The farmer breathes a sigh of relief.

Irish women and girls also have unintended pregnancies. If they do not want the pregnancy to continue, they almost never call their GP. If they order abortion drugs online, they face a criminal conviction and a 14-year custodial sentence. So, they do this in secret; alone, with no medical professional caring for them.

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