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Dr Ruth Fletcher co-signs letter criticising William Binchy's comments on abortion law reform in Ireland


Dr Ruth Fletcher, Senior Lecturer in Medical Law at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), is a signatory to a letter which criticises a recent contribution by William Binchy, a lawyer, to the debate about reforming Ireland’s abortion laws. Mr Binchy said that if abortion is legalised in Ireland, legislation will be abused to prevent the birth of children with disabilities. Dr Fletcher and her co-authors write: “The experiences of women who have terminated, or continued, pregnancies after diagnoses of severe disability have not been discussed. Disabled citizens are spoken of only as children and disabled women’s reproductive rights are not discussed. Disability must not be used as a reason to stigmatise difficult abortion decisions…”



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