Abortion: Ireland’s Guilty Secret?, BBC Three, review, ‘full of tears’

telegraph.co.uk, Feb 4, 2015 by Tim Martin

Abortion: Ireland's Guilty Secret?

Tara came from Northern Ireland to west London for an abortion Photo: BBC/Adam Patterson

Abortion: Ireland’s Guilty Secret? (BBC Three) was aptly named. In 1967, the Abortion Act made it legal for registered practitioners to terminate pregnancies across the UK at the mother’s request – except, that is, in Northern Ireland, where abortion is still illegal except if the mother’s life is at risk. Women who have been impregnated by rapists, or whose babies have abnormalities so severe that they won’t survive outside the womb, are forced to join the thousand-odd Northern Irish women who take budget airlines to the UK mainland each year to have abortions.

This fascinating documentary spoke to participants on both sides of the debate. The presenter, Alys Harte, met the 16-year-old “pro-life” activists, male and female, who campaign against abortion in downtown Belfast.
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