A 17-year-old pregnant Irish girl is appearing in the High Court in Dublin to press for the right to travel to Britain for an abortion.
Doctors have told the girl that her four-month foetus will not live more than a few days beyond birth.
Abortion is illegal in Ireland except where the mother’s life is threatened by a medical condition or suicide.
No woman should have to endure the trauma of carrying to full term a child who will not live more than a few hours
Miss D was informed last month that her foetus has anencephaly, a condition which means that a large part of the brain and skull is missing.
Babies with anencephaly live a maximum of just three days after birth.