Wednesday 7 December 2016

Asylum seeker beaten by the system, shackled by the past

Published 23/08/2014 | 02:30

Pro Choice supporters hold a protest on O'Connell Street calling on the Government to repeal the 8th amendment
Pro Choice supporters hold a protest on O'Connell Street calling on the Government to repeal the 8th amendment

There was a weary sense of deja vu this week. My favourite TV programme is Reeling in the Years, which masterfully combines popular music and political archive. This week the cycle was in the early 1990s. There was a remarkable similarity of content with current affairs, ranging from the first Iraq war, Bosnia, unrest in Russia and the Middle East and the X Case.

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The most striking blast from the past was the distressing re-run of another X-Case scenario of a young, pregnant woman, a victim of rape, being refused an abortion.

In this case, because of her immigration status, she could not make the convenient journey to the UK to terminate the crisis pregnancy.

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