Many women and parents say the time it took to book an abortion in England was the time they needed to think things through and decide against a termination. Ruth’s story turned from heartbreak to hope and then unimagined joy. It’s yet another reminder of the positive life-saving impact of Ireland’s 8th Amendment.
When Dr Maria Coleman was a 20-year-old medical student in Dublin she didn’t plan to get pregnant but as she says: “I was one of those hard cases, a case they would use to push for abortion". To other young women she says: "Don't let the world tell you who you are gonna be, you tell the world".