Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Thou Shalt Not Travel

The old stalking horse of abortion rights in Ireland returns. News reports say that the Health Service Executive is refusing to allow a 17-year-old to leave the country in order to terminate her pregnancy - the child being unlikely to survive very long after birth. That is correct, they are refusing to let her leave the country. I was naive enough to believe that this particular issue at least was settled in one part of the three-pronged referendum of November 1992 but there are people that clearly think otherwise. Apparently the poor young woman is not sufficiently suicidal to be allowed travel for an abortion. Must try harder...