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Abortion based on choice would be breaking law

Published 12/04/2016

there is an oversimplification in the debate over the inconsistency of abortion laws between Northern Ireland and other parts of the UK with the "pro-choice" and "pro-life" camps.

The issue is over the woman from Northern Ireland, prosecuted for taking medication acquired over the internet to terminate her pregnancy.

I heard nothing to explain if the pregnancy was one of "fatal foetal abnormality".

The law may appear an ass at times, but it is still the law.

If lack of choice was the overriding factor in the decision to abort, rather than the health of the foetus, it suggests the motive to be social inconvenience.

The change being proposed in our abortion laws would surely still mean that the law is being broken if the foetus is healthy.

ROBERT COUSINS

Belfast

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