Ireland – ‘I considered a termination with Jane, but not having one turned out to be right for me’

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‘I considered a termination with Jane, but not having one turned out to be right for me’
Martine experienced two fatal foetal abnormalities – and made a different choice for each

April 27, 2018
Kathy Sheridan

As we finish the interview in her big, bright family home in Co Kildare, Martine Hurley O’Dwyer offers some photographs, among them a throat-catching, sidelong image of a younger, obviously pregnant Martine, long hair obscuring her face, sitting on the side of a hospital bed. Others include a tiny foetus and handprints.

She has also given a hand-written summary of the story she wants to tell.

“I am a mum who has had two babies diagnosed with different fatal foetal abnormalities on two different pregnancies”, she writes. “One of my babies had anencephaly and another had Edwards syndrome.”

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