Tara Flynn: You don’t talk about abortion in Ireland. But I have to

When my turn came, I couldn’t tell my amazing mother or my female doctor. And it’s not because I’m ashamed

A demonstration in Dublin recently. The suitcases signify women who travel to access abortion. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

A demonstration in Dublin recently. The suitcases signify women who travel to access abortion. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

This is none of your business. I don’t want to share this any more than I want to share any other of my private medical details. TMI, you’re thinking, and you’re right: this is too much information. I’m angry that I have to share it. Scared. But if I don’t, I’m allowing myself to be silenced by the judgment of others. We’ve had enough of that here.

This week I’ve been called brave, a hero. I’ve also been called an unrepentant murderer. In 2006 I had an abortion. This week I spoke about it.

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