Saturday 25 November 2017

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.

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