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Mums bid to overturn abortion ban in Republic of Ireland

Four women from the Republic of Ireland who had terminations on grounds that their unborn feotuses developed fatal conditions in the womb are to meet with Irish TDs today in the hopes of overturning the Republic’s strict legal ban on abortions.

The women, who had to go to Britain for their abortions, are among some 12 women who go across the Irish Channel every single day for terminations.

A Bill, introduced by Socialist TD Clare Daly proposed to incorporate into law the Supreme Court ruling in the X case of 1992 when judges ruled abortion was legal where a pregnancy posed a real and substantial risk to a woman’s life.

Campaigners yesterday said that women whose babies have no chance of survival should be able to receive terminations at home rather than having to travel to another country, which the National Women’s Council of Ireland said was “cruel” and posed “additional trauma” to women.

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