Abortion and the referendum in Ireland
Dr Catriona Henchion, Medical Director, IFPA
As a doctor I heard so many stories of how abortion law in Ireland caused problems for women. At the IFPA we gathered those stories into different groups, and when we came to be asked for evidence, we realized we had gathered so much through our normal clinical work.
We had stories from women who had problems in earlier pregnancies and were afraid to go through another or had been told it wouldn't be safe to be pregnant again. They wanted to have an abortion, they didn't know where to turn.
For us it was difficult trying to look after those women. From a medical perspective we had to ensure they had enough medical information about their own history to be treated safely and to assess the best place for them to go where they would be looked after. And all of this without our being allowed to make an appointment on their behalf or calling the doctor in England that would be treating them. Because that was forbidden under the law.