- 20 Mar 01
Abortion hasn t gone away, you know; rather it s Irish women, some 6,500 a year, who have to do the travelling while, back home, the pro-life movement continues to insist that It Can Never Happen Here. TONY O BRIEN of the Irish Family Planning Association believes it s well past time tht we got to grips with a problem whch, time and again, has dominated public debate while leaving women in the throes of crisis pregnancy to fend for themselves. Interview: Siobhan Long. Photography: CATHAL DAWSON
The problem with abortion in a country like Ireland is that you also have to worry about how everyone else deals with it Ellen
Trying to negotiate my way through the hysteria in Ireland was destructive, my abortion becoming a secret was damaging, not the act itself Amy
Like ostriches with their heads in the sand, we ve tried everything to deny the reality of abortion. We ve allowed piecemeal legislation to be passed, we ve endured no less than three abortion referenda, turning it into a vexed question, by virtue not of its complexity, but of our own mincing discomfort at the very mention of the subject. Our attempts at debate generally deteriorate into tests of mudslinging prowess, and even our sideways attempts to address the bigger issue by way of sex education programmes have been met with vociferous opposition.