Saturday 25 November 2017

A woman's womb is still not her own in deluded nation of Body Snatchers

Two women make their point at a protest outside Leinster House.
Two women make their point at a protest outside Leinster House.

ALL week, it's felt as if we've had ringside seats on a re-make of 'Invasion of the Body Snatchers', the 1950s sci-fi classic in which aliens infiltrate a town and take over the bodies of local people.

The invaders pass muster as humans from a distance, but their lack of empathy is the tell-tale sign. In the 57 years since the film was released it has sparked parody, copious popular culture references and a debate about its meaning – ranging from an allegory for monsters in our midst to a metaphor for being stripped of personal autonomy.

That loss of self-determination came to mind watching the Invasion of the Body Snatchers pastiche get under way in Leinster House, as ministers hammer out the terms by which a pregnant woman can have an abortion.

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