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There's a very good article in today's Observer on abortion debates in Mississipi. But look at this:
It seems amazing that the richest, most powerful nation on earth could pass a law that would put its women's reproductive health choices on a par with those in Bangladesh, Nigeria and Haiti.

You know, there's a country missing from that list. A country that's not a million miles away from the one in which this article was printed. And it's the hypocritical sanctimonious country that hides abortion under the carpet, because no (white, Irish) women die from illegal abortions when they can get a ferry to Wales and get one there. And I firmly believe that if we didn't have Britain there to take care of our problems, we'd have legislated for abortion long ago.

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stellanova
Apr. 2nd, 2006 06:49 pm (UTC)
Re: Where are all the coat hanger abortions?
Are you telling me that all Irish women who want abortions get them in Wales?

You obviously know nothing about the abortion situation in Ireland (or the ease and low cost of traveling from there to Britain either). In 2004 (the last year for which statistics are available) 6214 women went to the UK for abortions. And those are just the ones who gave Irish addresses rather than the addresses of friends or relatives in the UK.
stellanova
Apr. 2nd, 2006 07:04 pm (UTC)
Re: Where are all the coat hanger abortions?
Also, since the increase in the numbers of asylum seekers resident in Ireland, who are legally unable to leave the country while their applications are being processed, there has indeed been a booming illegal abortion industry, and several asylum-seeking women have died, incidents which attracted a lot of publicity in Ireland. While about 100 women have received temporary travel papers allowing them to go to the UK for an abortion, many have been reduced to the backstreet amateur abortionists. So there may not be any dead Irish women as a result of back street abortions here, but there sure as hell are some dead poverty-stricken African ones.

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