Persistence

In response to anti-abortion conviction, Irish activist uses credit card to buy abortion pills

Pro Choice activists rally in support of the 21 year old woman charged with unlawfully taking Mifepristone and Misoprostol. (Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

Although a 21-year-Irish old woman was convicted Monday for inducing a miscarriage with abortion pills, activist Goretti Horgan has said that she will continue to purchase similar pills for women who wish to terminate pregnancies.

A Belfast court slapped the woman with a three-month suspended sentence for obtaining and using abortion pills, which she purchased because she could not afford to travel to an abortion clinic in England. The verdict has sparked concern among pro-choice activists, including Horgan, who belongs to the organization Alliance For Choice. Horgan revealed to The Guardian that she has been using — and will continue to use — her personal credit card to place orders with pro-choice groups on the Internet, because many women do not want abortion pills to arrive at their homes. “I have been very open about this,” she said. “Over 200 women and some men signed an open letter in June saying again that the law here is irrelevant in the age of the internet and women being able to bring on early miscarriage by taking simple pills.”

Under the Offences Against the Person Act, which was passed in 1861, anyone carrying out an abortion in Northern Ireland can be convicted to life in prison, with the exception of a few select circumstances. But Horgan is not deterred by the possibility of legal prosecution. “Not only are none of us particularly worried about this, we have stood outside police stations reminding police we signed letters giving them our names and addresses,” she said. “We want the law sorted on this.”

Read the full story at The Guardian.

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