Opinion

Saturday 20 January 2018

Nimbies are in denial over the Eighth

Women don't dream of abortion, but we must end the nightmare for those who need one, writes Ciara O'Connor

Elisabeth Moss as Offred in ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’
Elisabeth Moss as Offred in ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’

Ciara O'Connor

When talk of abortion and repeal comes up, I shrink. I don't have an easy time with abortion; I try not to think about it.

That's a luxury afforded by the fact that I live half the time in England, where if I got pregnant under terrible circumstances, I would have only one decision to make, and not about whether or not it was too dangerous, too expensive, too traumatic and lonely, too risky to do myself at home, whether my country would think I was a criminal.

Philosophically and ideologically, I believe absolutely in a woman's right to choose - but as I get older, I realise that sometimes I find the reality harder to stomach.

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