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Margaret Atwood, author of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ – the novel about a totalitarian theocracy that has now been made into a TV series – is a regular visitor to Irish shores. Maybe she comes here for research. Photograph: George Kraychyk/Hulu

It feels as if Ireland would do anything other than allow women to hold their fate in their own hands. As a country we have ceded decisions about wome(...)

Under the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act a pregnant woman or girl  may have an abortion if  there is a real and substantial risk to her life by suicide. Photograph: Istock

Accessing an abortion under the terms of the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act (PLDPA) can be a “lottery”, a leading perinatal psychiatrist has (...)

One psychiatrist said that the child was at risk of self-harm and suicide as a result of the pregnancy. Photograph: Paul Mezzer/FRF/Getty

A girl deemed to be at risk of suicide who wanted an abortion was sectioned under the Mental Health Act because her treating psychiatrist said termina(...)