N.Ireland: Suicide risk to woman accused of using poison to have abortion, court hears

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By Alan Erwin
Published 11/01/2017, Belfast Telegraph

A vulnerable woman accused of taking drugs to secure an abortion will be at heightened risk of suicide if she is identified, a court in Belfast has heard.

Lawyers for the 21-year-old argued that a medical expert has concluded publicity would increase the threat of self-harm.

Details emerged at a bid to secure reporting restrictions to protect her anonymity during criminal proceedings.

The woman has been charged along with a 22-year-old man.

She is accused with using a poison to procure her own abortion.

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Source: Belfast Telegraph