Barely 17 years old, Amy Dunne found herself pregnant with a baby who had anencephaly, a ‘lethal abnormality’ that meant the little girl was certain to die at birth, if not beforehand. Amy was temporarily in the care of the HSE and after telling her social worker about her plan to travel for a termination she ended up in the High Court. Although she was supported by her family and by the baby's father, she was told it would not be possible for her to travel. Her private tragedy quickly became an extremely public story, nationally and internationally, attracting vocal campaigners from the pro-choice and pro-life sides and making headlines around the world.
Now in her thirties, Amy is the mother of a young boy who was born the year after the court case. She has moved on in her own life but her account of the way she was treated as recently as 2007 and the shame she felt as a result is devastating.
Amy Dunne is the woman who was known as Miss D during a high court case in 2007 in which she fought for her right to travel for an abortion. Orla O’Donnell is the legal affairs correspondent for RTÉ.