Saturday December 7, 2019

Campaign's bitter tone will take time to disperse

There has been an outpouring of extraordinary stories from women who had sought terminations for crisis pregnancies where their mental health was at risk, writes Susan O'Keeffe

24th May, 2018
'Calm and healing' needed after campaign. Pic: RollingNews.ie

Again and again, on TV and on doorsteps, canvassers and spokespeople, some of them medical professionals, have demeaned the idea of mental health being a real issue facing pregnant women. They have suggested or intimated that mental health is not really any grounds for a woman to consider herself to be in crisis.

Alternatively, they have suggested that women invent the concept of mental health in order to elicit sympathy or seek an abortion. Many...

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