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Sarah Ewart

October 10, 2013

A woman from Northern Ireland has been speaking about how she had to travel to London to have an abortion after being told her baby was not going to live.

Sarah Ewart was speaking to BBC Radio Ulster’s Stephen Nolan before having a termination in London.

BBC Northern Ireland health correspondent Marie-Louise Connolly reports.

This is such a difficult case for me to hear and write about. Personally, speaking as a person disabled since birth, I am usually strongly against abortion on grounds of disability.

However, in this case, it seems that there was no chance of survival to term. Had she miscarried naturally, it could have endangered her life. Surely it was better to abort the pregnancy before things got to that stage. Had she delivered the baby, had it been stillborn or died very soon after birth, she and her family would have felt unnecessary emotional pain.

So, in this case, surely abortion was the best option for all concerned.

What are your thoughts, readers?

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