Sunday 26 February 2017

8th Amendment can has been kicked down road for too long

Deirdre Conroy

Deirdre Conroy

Rather than hearing about a ‘friend of a friend’ that Enda met last week, listen to the woman who has gone through the grief before you make up your mind
Rather than hearing about a ‘friend of a friend’ that Enda met last week, listen to the woman who has gone through the grief before you make up your mind

The sight of pie charts and graphics illustrating the decided, undecided and the downright denunciators of a referendum to repeal the 8th Amendment, for fatal foetal abnormality, gives me a sickly feeling

A recent poll of parliamentary members showed a very real ignorance of the tragedy. In many cases, these TDs still use language like 'abortion on demand', and always say the 'floodgates will open'. They are mainly men. Hopefully, they now know that women's issues cannot be compared to weather systems and the apparatus that contains the annual winter deluge, which fails so miserably in Ireland. Perhaps these floodgate fanatics should spend more time on actually preventing flood damage.

The simple fact that the dissenters and denunciators choose to ignore is that the pregnant women who have come forward to relate their experience of fatal foetal abnormality, had no wish to have a termination. They wished to have a baby. There are only a few of us who have spoken out, as the experience is worsened by having to leave this jurisdiction, be far from our families and our medical practitioners when we most need them.

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