Ireland Dublin — Americans await a final Supreme Court ruling that could overturn the groundbreaking Roe v. Wade decision.national legal. if the judges We will see the US go against international trends as other countries make the process more widely available.
CBS News foreign correspondent Holly Williams recently visited one of those countries, Ireland, where she met Amy Callahan, who shared her difficult experiences.
Callahan was originally from North Carolina, but married an Irishman and lived in Ireland for 17 years. She was ecstatic until she scanned her for 12 weeks when she was pregnant with her second child in 2017.
“The doctor doing the scan was very quiet, and she turned the screen and said, ‘Is your husband here?'” recalls Callahan. “The whole brain was outside the skull because the top of the baby’s skull was not properly formed… she said… the baby won’t survive.”
At best, I’ve been told that babies can only survive a few days after they’re born. Callahan believed that abortion was the friendliest option.
“I couldn’t imagine how it would work,” she told CBS News. “Watching a baby die, you’re probably struggling to breathe and probably in pain.”
However, in 2017, abortion was illegal in Ireland under almost all circumstances. Callahan had to travel to England for the procedure. Although she knew she couldn’t take Williams home with her, she said she was lucky to be able to do so instead of holding her baby for months, she said.
“I think it’s inhumane. It must have been for me as a mother. It was the same for babies. It seems like an incredibly horrific way to die,” she said.
Kitty Holland traveled abroad to get an abortion before it was legalized in Ireland. However, she told CBS News that she did so under the pressure of her then-partner at her time, and she immediately realized that she had made a mistake.
“I really regretted it 24 hours after I came back,” she said. But she also said, “It was absolutely my decision, my mistake. And yes, my body made that mistake.”
Holland is Roe v. Wade said if overturned it would be an attack on American women.
“I think it’s just a statement like that, but if you delay it, [abortion rights]Disrespect for women, disrespect for what happens to women,” she told Williams.
Almost 80% of Ireland’s population are Catholic. The country had the strictest abortion laws in the world. It was so strict that in 2012, when Savita Halappanavar began to abort her baby at 17 weeks, she was denied an abortion.
As a result, she contracted sepsis and died. her, which eventually leads to a referendum on abortion. Abortion was finally implemented, with more than two-thirds of voters supporting change. .
Abortion has been part of a widespread trend that is now widely practiced in almost all parts of Europe. Roe v. If Wade is overturned and abortion is banned in some states in the US, even if there is rape, you will join a club that includes Iraq, Egypt and Nicaragua.
There are still many people who oppose abortion rights in Ireland. Activists come to Pickett Clinic as regularly as in the United States. But for others in the country, the new law is not sufficiently enforced, and some fear that the Catholic Church wants to withdraw women’s access to abortion.
Currently, in Ireland, abortion is legal in all cases up to 12 weeks of gestation, and in very limited cases up to 24 weeks.
Dr. Peter Boylan, a retired obstetrician and gynecologist in Dublin who has given birth to more than 4,000 babies, says women should be able to make their own best decisions, whatever the reason, without state intervention.
Williams asked him what advice he would give to American women who could potentially live in places where abortion could be illegal.
“It’s going to end in maternal deaths because of the size of a country the size of the United States and the size of individual states where women cannot afford abortion,” he said. “There’s no question about that.” “Women will die as a result of this.”
Boylan is Roe v. If overturned, Wade says America’s poorest women (who can’t afford to travel outside their state) will suffer the most if they go through the process and be prosecuted.
“It’s medieval, you know, that’s what has to be the greatest democracy in the world,” Boylan said. “It’s just an American tragedy.”
“I think it’s a very sad move. There are many reasons why someone wants to end a pregnancy,” he told Williams. “I don’t think any of us are in a position to judge it, and I don’t think the law should be in a position to judge it… I think it will have a detrimental effect on women and children.”