Women must have the right to choose

Restricting access to abortion increases the risk of suicide in pregnant women and supported choice reduces that risk, writes Dr Peadar O'Grady.

27th April, 2013

Some years ago, facing a series of tearful and terrified teenage girls who wanted to travel to Britain to have an abortion, I was struck by the cold-heartedness of putting traumatised teenagers through the hoops of questionable legal procedures to access medical services they had clearly given informed consent for.

These were 'unaccompanied minors' in the care of the HSE whose carers were looking for approval to facilitate access to abortion services by accompanying these...

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