The Irish government is compensating a woman after abortion trauma

By Rachel Thompson, Mashable
Dec 2, 2016

LONDON — The Irish government has for the first time compensated a woman for the trauma caused when she had to travel overseas to get an abortion.

Amanda Mellet was told when she was in the 21st week of pregnancy that the foetus had a fatal abnormality and it would not survive.

In the Republic of Ireland, a constitutional ban on abortion means that only women whose pregnancies put their lives at risk can have access to safe, legal abortion services. This constitutional ban means that abortion is not permitted in cases of fatal foetal abnormalities.

Mellet had to choose between carrying her pregnancy to term — knowing that the foetus would die in the womb or after birth — or travelling

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