Immigrant rape victim (2014) – Ireland

The Guardian, August 2014, by Henry McDonald

Woman denied abortion in Ireland ‘became pregnant after rape’

A recent immigrant to Ireland (unnamed) was raped in her country before coming to Ireland and became pregnant. She requested an abortion at 8 weeks because she was suicidal, but was refused by a panel even though the new Irish law allowed abortion when there is a risk of suicide. After further denied requests to obtain an abortion and being unable to travel to England, she threatened a hunger strike and was hospitalized at 24 weeks and forcibly hydrated. After a further wait of 1 or 2 weeks to ensure the survival of the fetus, she was subjected to a forced Caesarean section.

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