‘As a woman who has had an abortion, I feel patronised’
The Irish Times, May 11, 2013
Women who have had abortions present their views on the debate about the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill
Helen is in her late 40s and lives in Dublin
‘I had an abortion in my early 30s. I would have been a single self-employed parent in a small isolated community that I had recently moved to, and that would not have been the right thing for me then. It was a crisis pregnancy, but I was definitely not suicidal.
“Making the decision was ghastly and traumatic, but I did it because I knew without any doubt it was the right thing for me to do at that time. I am now in my late 40s and, 17 years on, I have never once regretted my decision.
“I think the ongoing debate about the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill is really, essentially, all about control, and trying to continue to control women’s lives.
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