I always read FAQ as fack and I don’t plan on changing this
It’s like coming home after a long trip. That’s what love is like. It’s like coming home.
let’s look at a few things in the news recently on the topic of motherhood outside of wedlock and abortion in ireland shall we
- Magdalene laundries, were institutions from the 18th to the late 20th centuries ostensibly to house “fallen women”, a term used to imply female sexual promiscuity or work in prostitution.The Dublin Magdalene Asylum in Lower Leeson Street was the first such institution in Ireland (founded in 1765). Irish women ‘guilty’ of having illegitimate children were sometimes forced to live as virtual slaves in the Magdalene Laundries or Magdalene asylums. Some ended up there simply because they were considered in moral danger. By the 20th century, unwed mothers, rape victims and generally “wayward” women were considered eligible inmates.
"I have formed the opinion my torture in the Magdalene Laundries was State-sponsored because the Government and the nuns sent me to the Laundries whilst under-age and in their care.
“The fear of punishment was very real to us women in the Magdalene Laundries.
“We were dependent on the nuns for our welfare, liberty, subsistence and for our very survival.
“The religious have since tried to justify this saying they provided us with shelter, board and work and they acted in the best interests for all who entered the Laundries but this just adds insult to injury.
“I never asked the nuns to take me there and I want the Government to admit our human rights were violated and that we deserved better ”(x)
According to Roman Catholic teaching Virginity is a matter of the mind and the will. Those who are forced to have sex unwillingly remain virgins. The Roman Catholic Church ignored its own teachings. Because they ignored it they could benefit from the unpaid forced labour of the unfortunate women throughout their lives.) Women were sent there because they were considered too pretty, too ugly, too clever or too silly. (x)
"Buried by the praise for the pope’s humility was the news that Irish Catholic orders were refusing to compensate "fallen" women, who toiled in their Magdalene laundries. The Sisters of Mercy, the Sisters of Our Lady of Charity, the Sisters of Charity and the Sisters of the Good Shepherd belied their names by benefiting from the proceeds of what I can only call slave labour.
They kept women working for nothing behind locked doors in sweltering laundries . This is not some half-forgotten abuse from before most of us were born. With the complicity of Ireland’s quasi-theocratic state, women were condemned to sweat for nothing into the 1990s. Yet the church refuses to pay them the wages it stole, and the Irish government will not even strip the thieving orders of their charitable status by way of retaliation. “- [x]
- The last Magdalene asylum didn’t close until 1996. (NINETEEN NINETY SIX)
on a similar note;
- earlier this year a mass grave was unearthed in Tuam, co. Galway which contained the skeletons of 796 babies. These babies died at the Mother and Baby home ran by the sisters of Bon Secours between 1925 and 1921. An unused septic tank was filled with the bodies of these children and babies, 79% of these babies never lived to see their first birthday. (x) It was one of 10 similar homes across Ireland - three others which have little angels plots are believed to hold the remains of another 3,200 babies and infants. The earliest recorded death in the home is that of Patrick Derrane, who passed away aged five month as a result of “gastroenteritis” on April 26th,1925. The last record relates to the death of Mary Carty, who died on January 15th, 1960. The files state that the four and a half month old died as a result of a “fit”, while noting she was “a restless baby”.
- The death of Savita Halappanavar on 28 October 2012, at University Hospital Galway in Ireland. Halappanavar, a woman of Indian origin, was suffering from a miscarriage (which was later assessed to be most likely due to a bacterial infection), when she was some 17 weeks pregnant, she sought medical attention and treatment. Beginning no earlier than the date of her hospital admission on October 21, her requests for an abortion were refused, instead being told that due to her fetus retaining a heartbeat and her life not appearing to be in physiological danger, this was not legal. On one occasion she was told “it was the law, that this is a Catholic country.” On the night of October 23, according to Praveen, Savita’s husband, She was standing in a restroom and collapsed. The following day the foetal remains were removed from her womb on 24 October in the operating theatre due to a diagnosis of septic shock being made by a consultant, per Irish law. Savita Halappanavar’s septicemia further deteriorated despite being treated with oral antibiotics for infection since late October 22 and intravenous antibiotics since October 24. Both were ineffective and her condition rapidly evolved to the point of organ failure and finally cardiac arrest and death on 28 October 2012.
Partly in response to the death of Savita Halappanavar, the Irish government introduced the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act 2013. It was signed into law on 30 July by Michael D. Higgins, the President of Ireland.
On 20 September 2013 Praveen Halappanavar’s solicitor served legal proceedings against Galway University Hospital and separately against Dr Katherine Astbury. The proceedings claim that Savita’s constitutional right to life had been breached and allege 30 issues of medical negligence.
in the news as we speak;
- A YOUNG woman, who was refused an abortion under the country’s new laws, had the baby delivered by Caesarean section after going on hunger strike.
The woman – understood to be young and vulnerable – is understood to have asked for an abortion in her second trimester.
Little is known about the vulnerable woman whose case has made headlines around the world, as a court order is protecting her identity and her child’s. She has spoken out anonymously for the first time about what happened: from being raped before she came to Ireland, finding out she was pregnant, trying to kill herself and eventually being told that a Caesarean section was the only option available to her. One newspaper has reported that she came to the country as an asylum seeker.
She told the Irish Times that she immediately told medical officials she wanted to die rather than have her rapist’s child, when she found out she was pregnant at a medical check at 16 weeks. "It was very difficult for me. I cried. I said I am not capable of going through with this. I said I could die because of this," she told the paper. "They said to me abortion was not legal here."
She also said that over the course of many weeks, she was under the impression she was going to travel abroad to get an abortion, was later told this was too expensive, and finally told, after going on hunger strike in hospital at 24 weeks, that a Caesarean section was the only option open to her.
After being assessed by an independent panel, as provided for under new abortion laws, the woman’s request for a termination was refused. The two psychiatrists on the three-person panel deemed the termination necessary. However, the consultant obstetrician involved in the decision making process differed and the baby was delivered by Caesarean section. The baby was born at about 25 weeks and will be taken into state care.
The Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill 2013 that came into force at the start of the year set out when abortion is permitted in the Republic for the first time. The new laws provide for a woman’s right to an abortion if her life is at risk.Women who say they are suicidal are assessed by a panel of three experts to determine if they are at risk. If they agree she is, doctors can intervene and carry out a termination.
a couple of other important things to remember
- Last year almost 4,500 women travelled to England for abortion treatment from the Republic and Northern Ireland. (12.3 per day)
- A United Nations human rights panel has told Ireland it should revise its highly restrictive abortion laws and said that allegations of abuse of women and children at State-funded Catholic homes must be better investigated. Committee Chairman Nigel Rodley said Irish law treated women who were raped as “a vessel and nothing more”.
After 10 years of hearing kitchen, sandwich, driving, fake geek girls, being physically weak, and PMS Jokes. I do not care about hurting the feelings of boys with (stereotypically masculine)jokes.
Neither do we. And that’s really the problem isn’t it.