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From today's Irish Times:
Dr Berry Kiely, of the Pro-Life Campaign, said the view that abortion was the "compassionate solution" in this case was mistaken. "The minor at the centre of the case is entitled to be made fully aware of the possible consequences of going through with an abortion," she said.

Youth Defence spokesman Eoghan de Faoite said he found it "quite appalling that a child's life would be ended in such a violent way simply because that child might not live long after he or she is born".

Neither Dr Kiely nor Mr de Faoite will ever have to go through any sort of pregnancy, let alone one that will result in a dead baby. There's no "might" about it, Eoghan. If any proof were needed that these disgusting people, who believe that an abortion will be more traumatic than going through a pregnancy knowing that the baby will die at the end of it, are filled to the brim with misogyny, I think this is it. Fuckers. I didn't think they'd be shameless enough to comment on this, but there you go.


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May. 2nd, 2007 10:05 am (UTC)
Those comments are absolutely disgusting.

I'm sadly not surprised, though - years ago I read something that an American anti-choice crowd produced claiming that some family had found their anencephalic child "a blessing" and had kept her "alive" on full life-support.
May. 2nd, 2007 10:09 am (UTC)
Didn't the Clerkins on our road have a baby with a very similar condition? I think it was before I was born, but Ma told me about it - it was in the Coombe when Fog was working there.
May. 2nd, 2007 10:14 am (UTC)
They did, Mum mentioned it yesterday when I was frothing in rage over the Miss D case in the newspaper. I don't think the baby lived more than a couple of days. She also mentioned some other neighbour who had gone through a full-term pregnancy knowing that the baby was going to be stillborn.

I doubt any of them found it a "blessing".
May. 2nd, 2007 10:43 am (UTC)
Oh, I knew they'd be commenting. It seems that despite the circumstances of a case, pro-lifers will always be in opposition and often cruelly so.
May. 2nd, 2007 06:56 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry, what did you say? I couldn't hear you; I was too busy throwing large breakable objects against the wall. And screaming. Yes.
May. 2nd, 2007 07:55 pm (UTC)
(Hi Stellanova, I followed you here from feministing)
The Irish Times article this morning said that the social worker made the girl have a psychiatric exam and then tried to persuade her to go into psychiatric care. Why don't they just re-open the Laundries and be done with it. Oh and apparently the State has appointed the fetus legal representation. ??? I can decide which emotion is stronger, anger or incredulity.

You know, maybe I should just bog off back home to England because sometimes I really, really do not understand this country. I'm doing some research with the IFPA on their abortion stats for my master's dissertation and do you have any idea how hard it is to explain to my UK examiners how come the Irish government funds agencies to tell Irish women how to obtain something abroad that's illegal here? (http://www.crisispregnancy.ie). My supervisor thinks I'm making it up!
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