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Sir, - The key issue for me is not the desirability or otherwise of abortion in particular circumstances, but who gets to carry the ultimate burden and responsibility of the decision.

Should that decision be made by the expectant mother, in consultation with her family, friends, and medical advisers, or should it be made by the State or a particular church or pressure group on her behalf?

It seems to me that the decision must rest ultimately with the person who carries the responsibility (and risks) of bringing the pregnancy to term and caring for the child afterwards. The thought that we might try to criminalise and punish people faced with that awesome decision in often terrible circumstances horrifies me.

Best to be as supportive of the mother as we can in whatever decision she might make and interfere in her decision as little as possible.

We do not need the State or private bodies getting involved in what is often an intensely traumatic and personal matter. - Yours, etc,

FRANK SCHNITTGER,

Blessington



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