HSE director general Tony O’Brien ordered the inquiry  “to establish the full facts surrounding the matter”. Photograph: David Sleator

Woman who was refused abortion given time to consult lawyer before publication

Alison Begas, chief executive officer at the Dublin Well Woman Centre: says  there is a “lot of uncertainty” as to how the Department of Health expects crisis pregnancy counsellors to refer suicidal women

Warning that women in crisis may not get appropriate services in time

Concerns for the psychological welfare of the young woman at the centre of the latest abortion controversy were brought to the HSE at the end of May.

IFPA and Department of Justice say they will co-operate fully with inquiry

“It was very difficult for me. I cried. I said I am not capable of going through with this. I said I could die because of this... They said to me abortion was not legal here, but people like me are sent to England for abortions . . .” Photograph: Getty

The woman refused an abortion says she was raped but did not know she was pregnant until she arrived in Ireland

“When I came to this country I thought I could forget suffering... 
The doctors told me I could get an abortion but I didn’t get help. 
The scar [from the C-section] will never go away. It will always be a reminder. I still suffer. I don’t know if what has happened to me is normal.”

During pregnancy woman says she was told she could have an abortion

“No more desperate women and girls should have to resort to the courts here and in the EU,” the National Women’s Council of Ireland said. Photograph: Getty

Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act criticised after suicidal woman delivered premature baby under pressure from State

Minister for Justice Frances  Fitzgerald  declined to comment on the case.  She said, however, that the implementation of the Protection of Life During Pregnancy  Act, which began in January, would be monitored.

As pregnancy continued she became increasingly distressed

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Frances Fitzgerald however said Ireland had its own legal and Constitutional position on abortion

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