The abortion debate: UNANSWERED questions in a TROUBLING case

The interaction of the young pregnant woman with agencies and individuals remain at the heart of the latest abortion controversy.

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor @susmitchellsbp
24th August, 2014
Pro-choice supporters mass in front of the Spire on O'Connell Street last week in protest over the handling of the young asylum seeker's case. Photo: Photocall

The tragic story of a young asylum-seeking woman has dominated the Irish media over the past week. Some elements of the story are in the public domain, but we do not have the full facts and a number of troubling questions remain.

We know that consultants determined that the woman was suicidal, and delivered her baby by Caesarean section when the woman was almost 27 weeks pregnant. She had learned she was pregnant at just...

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