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Magdalene Laundry ethos is alive and well and rules our hospitals

Published 05/11/2006 | 00:11

PUT a pregnant woman in a room with a few other mothers and the talk will inevitably turn to the horrors of giving birth.

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Some time ago I had a conversation with some girlfriends which should have been shocking. We were regaling each other with our experiences of pregnancies in Irish hospitals and the talk began to resemble the old Monty Python sketch, as we vied to outdo each other with our tales of neglect.

What we all found particularly irksome was the manner in which many State-funded hospitals continued to apply a rigid Catholic ethos, regardless of the legal rights of their patients.

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