licence to kill, said the anti-abortion poster that went up outside Amy Callahan's home in Dublin. With an Irish abortion referendum coming up this month it convinced her to speak out about traveling to England for a termination. She and her partner, Connor, were told their baby suffered from a rare birth defect and would die in utero or right after birth.
But Ireland only allows abortions when the mother's life is in danger. She was shocked to learn that this wasn't a special case.>> The severity of it was a shock. And I thought, this baby, I can see the heart beat but it has no brain. And I thought, they have to do something in this case, this is severe.
>> Callahan couldn't imagine going to term, how'd she explain to her young son or her work mates, that the baby she carried wouldn't live. She took the other choice and booked a flight to Liverpool. One of 3,000 Irish women who travel to Britain for an abortion every year.
>> You feel like you're doing something wrong. And you just feel so sad. I think we were just so sad. And hurt by it, hurt by the whole country, thinking that we were criminals. I suppose one of the failings of the Irish is the situation is that we weren't looked after here.
That we weren't received with compassion here in such a difficult time.>> The referendum on May 25th will mark almost a year to the day the couple returned with their baby's ashes in their hand luggage. Scores of women on both sides of the debate are now sharing their stories.
Those in favor of overhauling one of the world's strictest abortion regimes are leading the polls. But one in five are undecided.