Decades of painful activism pays off for Ireland’s abortion campaigners

Decades of painful activism pays off for Ireland's abortion campaigners
For many, Friday’s vote was not just the culmination of months of campaigning, but years of pushing for change

Emma Graham-Harrison in Dublin
Mon 28 May 2018

Three decades ago, Anne Marie Keary was threatened with jail, burdened with legal bills and grappling with abuse and threats that poured down her phone, because she had published phone numbers for British abortion clinics in a student welfare guide.

In the pre-internet era, that information was a lifeline for women who did not want to continue with pregnancies. The desperation of those trying to find it shaped Keary’s life.