New Events

National

no events posted in last week

Blog Feeds

Public Inquiry
Interested in maladministration. Estd. 2005

offsite link RTEs Sarah McInerney ? Fianna Fail supporter? Anthony

offsite link Joe Duffy is dishonest and untrustworthy Anthony

offsite link Robert Watt complaint: Time for decision by SIPO Anthony

offsite link RTE in breach of its own editorial principles Anthony

offsite link Waiting for SIPO Anthony

Public Inquiry >>

Human Rights in Ireland
A Blog About Human Rights

offsite link UN human rights chief calls for priority action ahead of climate summit Sat Oct 30, 2021 17:18 | Human Rights

offsite link 5 Year Anniversary Of Kem Ley?s Death Sun Jul 11, 2021 12:34 | Human Rights

offsite link Poor Living Conditions for Migrants in Southern Italy Mon Jan 18, 2021 10:14 | Human Rights

offsite link Right to Water Mon Aug 03, 2020 19:13 | Human Rights

offsite link Human Rights Fri Mar 20, 2020 16:33 | Human Rights

Human Rights in Ireland >>

Lockdown Skeptics

The Daily Sceptic

offsite link How EDI Took Over the Workplace: Part Two Thu May 30, 2024 15:00 | C.J. Strachan
?Go woke, go broke? is being proven from Hollywood to Hull, says CJ Strachan. So why are so many small and medium-sized enterprises putting their staff through Equity, Diversity and Inclusion training?
The post How EDI Took Over the Workplace: Part Two appeared first on The Daily Sceptic.

offsite link Hypocrisy, Thy Name Is Ulf Büntgen Thu May 30, 2024 13:00 | Charles Rotter
How can Prof Ülf Büntgen reconcile advocating for separating science and activism while participating in a study urging urgent international agreements to cut carbon emissions? wonders Charles Rotter.
The post Hypocrisy, Thy Name Is Ulf Büntgen appeared first on The Daily Sceptic.

offsite link Keir Starmer Accused of ?Purge? After Another Labour Candidate Blocked From Standing Amid Antisemiti... Thu May 30, 2024 11:55 | Richard Eldred
Labour's Left is accusing Sir Keir of a "purge" after another party candidate was barred from standing in the General Election, this time for liking a series of posts on X that downplayed accusations of antisemitism.
The post Keir Starmer Accused of ?Purge? After Another Labour Candidate Blocked From Standing Amid Antisemitism Row appeared first on The Daily Sceptic.

offsite link The ICC Defends One False Moral Equivalence by Making Another Thu May 30, 2024 09:00 | Ramesh Thakur
ICC prosecutor Karim Khan's comparison between Israel and Hamas is utter nonsense, says Ramesh Thakur. Where to even begin when a man in such a critically important office betrays such jaw-dropping ignorance?
The post The ICC Defends One False Moral Equivalence by Making Another appeared first on The Daily Sceptic.

offsite link Met Office Should Put 2.5°C ?Uncertainties? Warning on All Future Temperature Claims Thu May 30, 2024 07:00 | Chris Morrison
The Met Office knows what an air temperature is, so it really ought to get better at taking accurate recordings of them, says the Daily Sceptic's Environment Editor.
The post Met Office Should Put 2.5°C ?Uncertainties? Warning on All Future Temperature Claims appeared first on The Daily Sceptic.

Lockdown Skeptics >>

Voltaire Network
Voltaire, international edition

offsite link The French "Colonial Party" still hasn't come to terms with the loss of its Empi... Wed May 29, 2024 03:48 | en

offsite link Death of Ebrahim Raisi and Hossein Amir-Abdollahian Sat May 25, 2024 14:39 | en

offsite link ?Democracy?, European Union version, by Thierry Meyssan Tue May 21, 2024 07:19 | en

offsite link The Blood-Red Sunset of the West, by Manlio Dinucci Mon May 20, 2024 10:05 | en

offsite link Voltaire, International Newsletter N°87 Sat May 18, 2024 05:29 | en

Voltaire Network >>

Closing the book on institutional abuse

category national | rights, freedoms and repression | opinion/analysis author Thursday June 11, 2009 09:07author by Marie O'Connor Report this post to the editors

The severing of women's pelvises in childbirth

The severing of women's pelvises in childbirth for doctrinal rather
than medical reasons must rank as one of the biggest health scandals
in the history of the State, second only to the contamination of the
human blood supply. Only an independent inquiry into symphysiotomy can close this final, shameful chapter in the story of institutional abuse in Ireland.

The Ryan Report revealed sexual and physical abuse on a
monstrous scale in Ireland in the labour camps that were the
industrial and reform schools. Since its publication, we have come to
realise that without acknowledgement there can be no healing, without
redress, no closure.

These valuable lessons now need to be applied to two other areas.
'Prime Time's revelations of sexual abuse at the Lourdes Hospital have rightly
prompted renewed calls for an independent inquiry into the actions of
a surgeon accused of sexual abuse at the Lourdes over several decades.

But those same decades were also decades of medical abuse in that
hospital and others. From 1944-83, around 500 mothers had their
pelvises sundered by obstetricians seeking to control women's
reproductive behaviour through surgery. At a time when Caesarean
section was the surgery of choice for obstructed labour, these women
were subjected to an archaic operation that left them, literally,
unable to walk, and condemned them to a lifetime of chronic pain and
disability, and, in some cases, incontinence.

Moreover, children born by symphysiotomy were often injured. Some
face a lifetime of medical intervention in consequence.

Like physical and sexual abuse, symphysiotomy's legacy will be felt down through the
generations. This mutilating surgery left psychological as well as physical scars. It blighted sexual lives and occasionally
ended marriages. It complicated mother-child relationships and
divided families.

The severing of women's pelvises in childbirth for doctrinal rather
than medical reasons must rank as one of the biggest health scandals
in the history of the State, second only to the contamination of the
human blood supply.

Yet these women have been left without answers, without acknowledgement, without reparation.

The Minister for Health has twice refused to commission an
independent review their case, despite advice from the Human Rights Commission that such an inquiry is warranted. The Government should now
act on that advice.

‘Because it would open the floodgates’ is the usual excuse given by
government for inaction in such cases. But here, there are no
floodgates, only a small group of perhaps one hundred women. The rest
have taken their suffering to the grave in silence.

In the wake of the tsunami that is the Ryan Report, we owe it to those symphysiotomy mothers
still living and their families to close this final, shameful chapter of the story of institutional
abuse in Ireland.

© 2001-2024 Independent Media Centre Ireland. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by Independent Media Centre Ireland. Disclaimer | Privacy