Thursday October 22, 2020

This Life: Making their voices heard

Women who have experienced suicidal thoughts or depression during pregnancy talk about the proposed Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill, writes Deirdre O'Shaughnessy.

22nd June, 2013
Elaine McGrath: 'When I had my first child in 2001, I became obsessed with dying. I was convinced I was this dreadful person.' Photo: Clare Keogh

The debate about the Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill has been arduous and protracted, yet events of recent weeks mean the bill should pass through the Oireachtas before the summer recess.

Part 2 (9) of the bill, which covers cases in which the woman's life is at risk due to suicide, has proven to be the most controversial aspect of the legislation. So why have the voices of women who have actually experienced depression...

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