“Repeal changed my life. I’m not ashamed any more. Everyone should make their own decision.”
The woman at the centre of the 2007 'Miss D' case has revealed that she was told by social workers at the time that getting an abortion was murder and that she was advised to stay in a mental hospital.
Speaking on RTÉ's Today with Sean O'Rourke, Amy Dunne revealed what it was like to grace the cover of every newspaper for a highly personal issue some 12 years ago.
The 17-year old's legal action against the HSE and the State attracted vocal campaigners from the pro-choice and pro-life sides, making headlines around the world.
She said of the time that she was excited and overwhelmed to discover that she was pregnant at the age of 16. On her 17th birthday, she went for her four-month scan, hoping to find out the baby's gender.
Instead, she was told that there was something seriously wrong with her baby's head.
Her baby had anencephaly; the absence of a major portion of the brain, skull, and scalp that occurs during embryonic development.
She said she spoke to social workers (as she was in temporary foster care at the time) seeking support, “then I was in the High Court. ”
She told O’Rourke she was warned that if she attempted to travel to the UK for an abortion she would be charged with murder and that anyone who accompanied her would be charged as an accomplice.
Her story is the subject of a new documentary that will be broadcast on TG4 on Wednesday.
In recent years she became involved in the Repeal the 8th campaign, admitting that conducting interviews became difficult.
“I started to take it very personal. It got just too much for me. Repeal changed my life. I’m not ashamed any more. Everyone should make their own decision.
"I participated in the documentary so I would get to tell what really happened, in my words, so I would heal.”
She added that she supports calls for exclusion zones outside hospitals providing abortion services.
“I don’t think anyone should be allowed to protest outside a hospital Pro-life people should be ashamed of themselves. I think it’s sick... We all make decisions and they’re not made lightly.”
Finné airs on TG4 at 9:30pm on Wednesday, 16 October.