Amy on BBC News

Amy on BBC News


We’re going to be talking to Nick shortly
with the weather, but first Ireland’s strict abortion laws are going to be discussed tomorrow
with a group of a hundred people. Now they’re going to advise the country’s
government. In Ireland, terminations are currently
only legal if a mother’s life is at risk. Debate in the country is focusing
on whether abortion should be allowed in cases where the baby has a condition which means it will
die in the womb or shortly after birth. Our Ireland correspondent Chris Paige has
been looking at the issue, and you may find some of his report distressing. Amy: Where’s the Zebra? Amy Walsh now has a little girl, Alice, who
is seven months old, but two years ago, she was pregnant with a baby who was diagnosed
with a rare and fatal condition called triploidy. She and her husband travelled to Liverpool,
where she had an abortion. “When I was speaking to one of the midwives,
I was crying, but I also was so relieved that I was being helped, and she said I’m helping
you, but I’m also helping your daughter. She said it’s not fair to put your daughter
through , you know, labour, through natural labour, through so many more weeks of pregnancy,
when she can’t live. They went to England on a car ferry because
like some other families, they wanted to bring their baby’s remains back to Ireland for a funeral,
but after taking advice from hospital staff, they decided not to. We had our daughter cremated and that was
really hard, leaving her in the hospital. The midwife who looked after us said that
they had a little nursery, and we said goodbye, and she stayed with her… We need to look after our women and we need
to provide them with the health care that they need, and in some instances, that is
abortion. Change in the law which she wants is being
considered. The Irish government has selected a hundred
people to be in a Citizens’ Assembly which will decide whether to recommend a referendum
on this most emotive of issues. The discussion will focus on the 8th amendment to the Irish Constitution, which says that an unborn child and the mother have an equal right to life.

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