Abortion, while legal under extremely restrictive circumstances in both parts of Ireland—like if you can prove that birthing a baby will actively kill you—is virtually impossible to obtain in these countries.
In a scathing report released yesterday on the Holy See’s adherence to the principles of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, an aggressive UN committee knocked the Holy See off the high ground.
The Oscar-nominated film Philomena tells the tale of an Irish Catholic mother separated from her son by one of Ireland’s infamous 20th century Magdalene Laundries. But this adoption system wasn’t limited to mid-century Ireland; there are millions of Philomenas out there.
Philomena is another reminder of the vast inequalities between those who adopt children and birth mothers.
Sexual harassment became an issue during an Irish parliamentary debate about abortion legislation early Thursday morning, when a male lawmaker grabbed a female colleague and pulled her onto his lap.
I do not believe that people—especially Catholics—in either the Philippines or Ireland want our elected officials to bend a knee to the will of the bishops when it comes to reproductive health.
Beatriz’s treatment should be considered cruel and degrading and a violation of the Hippocratic oath to do no harm.
In the wake of the tragic and preventable death of Savita Halappanavar, Irish politicians promised that this government would “not become the seventh to ‘neglect and ignore’ the issue of the Supreme Court ruling abortion on the X Case.” Six months later, the cabinet has proposed a bill it says will not “change the law” on abortion.
This is the inevitable outcome of abortion bans. Women die.
As a committee of the Irish Parliament considers proposals to offer limited legal abortion in Ireland, this paper explores how these issues came together around Savita Halappanavar’s death, the interpretation of Catholic health policy and the consequences for pregnant women.