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“For the first time ever, we have had to turn women away, which is heartbreaking,” said Ms Clarke. “The ban on abortion services in Ireland means, in effect, that only women of means have a real choice. All they have to think about is where to go for a termination. Poorer women are often distraught and simply do not have the means to travel. We do what we can for them financially but we depend on donations to keep the service going and it is getting harder and harder. We have given grants of as little as £20 [€25].”
That ruling [by the European Court of Human Rights in the ABC case] could also have ramifications for the law in the North, where a similar ban applies because Britain’s 1967 Abortion Law has never been brought in there. In effect, abortion is one area where the island of Ireland is united, as the Offences Against the Person Act of 1861, which regards as a criminal offence anyone who “procures a miscarriage”, remains on the statute books on both sides of the border.
Dan Buckley, “Restrictions hit poor women first,” Irish Examiner, July 24th 2012
- and another one. This one is particularly illuminating, and affecting. How typical that the one area in which north and south unite is ignorance!