In the 35 years since the Eighth Amendment was voted into the Constitution, more than 170,000 women travelled abroad for an abortion. Many of them did so in silence and secrecy. But they all had families. They had husbands, boyfriends, sisters, brothers, parents and grandparents.
No one in Ireland was unaffected by the reality of our contradictory Constitution, which said women could not have abortions here but could go elsewhere to get them.
There was pain and...
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