Campaign's bitter tone will take time to disperse

Campaign's bitter tone will take time to disperse
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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

Perhaps the most alarming and disgraceful aspect of the weeks of debate relating to the referendum on the 8th amendment has been the degradation of the issue of mental health in Ireland – particularly in relation to women and especially a woman who is pregnant. In a country where mental health continues to be stigmatised and where it is the poor relation in healthcare finances, it is more than distressing to find ordinary citizens standing up to malign their neighbours and fellow citizens in this manner.

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