Ireland's Catholic traditions tested as abortion referendum looms
Abortion remains such a taboo in Ireland that it's rare for women to speak openly about it. A public admission could result in a 14-year prison sentence.
by Saphora Smith and Ziad Jaber
DUBLIN — Rita Harrold's decision to end her pregnancy turned her into a criminal in the eyes of the law.
More than four decades after being legalized in the U.S., abortion remains illegal in almost all cases in the Irish Republic.
Five years ago, Harrold took abortion pills that had been smuggled into the country.