Woman Defends Aborting Her Baby: I Wanted to be “Treated as a Human”

International   |   Sarah Zagorski   |   Feb 6, 2015   |   6:10PM   |   Dublin, Ireland

A 24-year-old woman has shared with the Irish Independent that she traveled from her home in Ireland to west London to obtain an abortion. In Ireland, under the Abortion Act 1967, abortion is illegal unless a woman is suicidal or her pregnancy is deemed life threatening.

The woman, known only as Tara (left), appeared in a BBC Three documentary “Abortion: Ireland’s Guilty Secret?” to tell her story and explain why she’s pro-abortion. She said her reason for needing an abortion was she wanted to travel and just wasn’t ready to have a baby. “I’m really angry. I’m angry that they are ignoring women basically at the moment. They shouldn’t have control over my uterus. I deserve that choice and it was taken away from me by my Government,” said Tara.

She added, “You deserve to be treated as a human and not as a criminal more than anything else. The stress of travelling abroad to have an abortion was not really pleasant. This could’ve been so simple. This could’ve been something I could’ve done two weeks ago basically when I found out. It’s not really pleasant for anyone to have to go through the fact that you have to leave home and fly across the water and do something that is such a simple procedure. It definitely adds to the stress of it.”

Leading pro-life groups say more attention is needed on how abortion hurts women — including women who are killed by legal abortions.

A woman who traveled to England from Ireland in 2013 died following a legal abortion she obtained that resulted in a heart attack caused by “extensive internal blood loss” hours after having the abortion.

The woman was 20 weeks pregnant at the time of the abortion and news of her death comes at a time when reports show fewer women are traveling from Ireland to the United Kingdom for abortions.

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According to the Irish Independent, Tara claims that Ireland is behind its other Western counterparts on the abortion issue. She concluded, “The rest of the world can see that this is wrong but we’re in a western society and yet it hasn’t changed yet.”