Readers' blog: We cannot hide behind 13th, 14th Amendments

We approved the 13th and 14th Amendments to our Constitution.

It’s hard to understand how a country could vote for the right to travel to terminate a pregnancy and to get information on the same, but reject abortion here. 

It’s a not-in-my-back-yard mentality that we can’t continue to have.

Women’s healthcare should not be exported. With the abortion pill now freely available on the internet, early-term abortions are occurring every day in Ireland. We can’t continue to hide from this fact.

Ireland is where I live, work, and pay taxes, and have my family. When I chose to settle here, I didn’t think about my rights to healthcare as a woman.

These constraints have only become clear to me over the last few years. Irish people don’t talk openly about women’s healthcare. 

Having a baby is only discussed with respect to the wonder of it. Well, it’s not always a bed of roses.

Support only comes when people are open and honest.

Irish people have gained nothing good from our history of hiding, being fearful, being silenced.

It’s time to speak up. It’s time to have conversations about this important topic. Let’s move forward together.

Helena Conlon,

Galway East


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