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Carol Hunt: I am just collateral damage in Walsh's self-righteous crusade

Carol Hunt says the senator's Seanad contribution brought back powerful memories of her own "missed abortion"

Published 21/07/2013 | 05:00

'Oral porn" is how Senator Marie Louise O'Donnell described the contribution of Fianna Fail Senator for Wexford, Jim Walsh, to the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill debate in the Seanad last week.

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And yes, "porn" was the appropriate word to use in a debate about women's bodies that seemed to increasingly veer into the realms of the voyeuristic. However, out of all the insults casually thrown at the women of Ireland since this "debate" began, Senator Walsh's was the first one that made me weep.

I'll explain. Reluctantly, I must say, I read the transcript of what Walsh had said in the Seanad. I gagged. Then I started shaking. The overall feeling was of nausea and shock. Presumably, this is exactly the reaction Senator Walsh was looking for.

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