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An Irishwoman has called on the Taoiseach Enda Kenny to legislate in cases of fatal foetal abnormality after her son's remains were delivered to her by TNT following her termination procedure.

Rebecca Cody became pregnant in September of last year. When she had her 20-week scan in January, she discovered her son had complications that were incompatible with life.

However, due to the law in Ireland, Rebecca was required to travel to England to have a termination. Already a mother, Rebecca explained that she "very much wanted to have her son" whom she and her husband christened Christopher Denis.

She says no woman should have to fly to the UK as she did surrounded by other airline passengers celebrating stag and hen weekends.

Rebecca says she feels the clinic in Liverpool took better care of her than the Irish system did. They prepared a "packed lunch" for her as she took a flight home "still drowsy from medication".

After having the termination, Rebecca's check-ups in Irish hospitals took place in the same area pregnant women were waiting.

A month and a half after her procedure, her son's remains were delivered to their home from Britain and she had to sign for the parcel:

While Rebecca states that she is a centrist on abortion, she says, "I'm not pro-abortion but there should be a change in the law for women with fatal foetal abnormalities so they don't have to share planes to England with people on hen and stag parties. "

Rebecca raised the issue with politicians but claims they "ran a mile" from dealing with the matter.

She explained how many of the women travelling to the UK for terminations "have to go over for medical reasons". She said "the Government should stand up for them."

Listen to Rebecca's full interview with Jonathan Healy on Newstalk Lunchtime here:


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