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Special cases

• As an Irish nurse living since 1987 in the UK, I am following with interest the agitation for a change in Ireland's law to facilitate abortion in 'special cases'.

This was the original compassionate remit for introducing abortion into the UK in 1967. Decades later, a woman 'in the family way' can procure a termination within days of referral, on her lunch-break down the high street.

The term 'family way' has faded out of our language, replaced by the clinical word 'pregnant', which is more aligned with the 'bunch of cells' scientific idea.

Abortion, therefore, becomes a mere clinical procedure, which is not the case as we know in the UK. Some 85pc of women now choose to bring a baby to life when they see life on the scan. This means that the UK culture is now changing just as Ireland is being duped into abortion for 'special cases'.

There has been so much judgment around Savita's case without proper investigation.

From my experience as a volunteer, most of the clients were post-abortion. It was heartbreaking to hear of their regrets as they questioned in anger why Catholic friends did not try to stop them.

They often were ill-informed around basic information, such as whether a baby is fully formed at 12 weeks. The answer to this is yes. It's small but fully formed.

Ita O'Donnell
Bristol, UK

Irish Independent