The woman denied the termination gave a harrowing account of her experience to the Irish Times in which she said, “I was raped in my country. I did not know I was pregnant until I came here.”
Ireland has had a powerful religious anti-abortion lobby which has campaigned against women having the right to terminate their pregnancies.
Mother Teresa of Calcutta speaks at press conference organised by SPUC (Society for the Protection of Unborn Children) 2nd August 1982. From Left: Mother Teresa, Menia Aitken, Development Officer for SPUC, Ireland