The case highlights Ireland's abortion-law chaos after the 1992 "X" case, and problems facing the Ahern government's planned abortion legislation.
The Children's Court heard reports indicating a termination would be in the girl's interest and evidence that she wanted this. Her parent's lawyers obtained a stay on the decision pending the High Court appeal.Until last Tuesday her father had favoured an abortion. The parents changed their minds after anti-abortion campaigners visited them. The family switched legal teams to one funded by pro-lifers.
In the 1992 "X" case a suicidal 14-year-old was barred from travelling for a termination until the Supreme Court overturned the ruling. Alan Murdoch, Dublin