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Symphisiotomy

category national | gender and sexuality | event notice author Thursday February 18, 2010 09:37author by Jim Monaghan Report this post to the editors

Scandal in matrenity hospitals?

Tonights Prime Time on RTE has a program on this most peculiar operation done instead of Caesarian sections in many hospitals

More than 500 women had this operation foisted on them with dreadful consequencs for their health

author by Feminist Open Forumpublication date Thu Feb 18, 2010 12:47author address author phone Report this post to the editors

The background to the Symphysiotomy practice in Ireland.

Symphysiotomy:Mutilating mothers in the name of God: the story of a cruel childbirth
operation.

This program tells the horrifying story of how hundreds of women in Ireland
were subjected to a mutilating childbirth operation driven by
religious fanaticism rather than medical necessity. From 1944-84,
fundamentalist Catholic doctors boycotted Caesarean section because
they were opposed to birth control: they opted instead for a barbaric
18th century operation that severed the pelvis.

Anyone directly affected by the issues raised in this programme may
phone 086 86 98 373 for information and advice.

This program is a recording of a meeting held by the Feminist Open Forum in Dublin Thursday 29 October 2009
with speakers including:
Marie O’Connor Health Analyst and Author
Jackie Morrissey Researcher and Lecturer
Colm McGeehin, a solicitor who represents over 100 women who are casualties of this horrible childbirth operation.

The Feminist Open Forum is a space for discussion, information and exchange of ideas.
feministopenforum.com/


Caption: http://vimeo.com/7930110

author by D_Dpublication date Thu Feb 18, 2010 14:03author address author phone Report this post to the editors

There are two Programmes notified here. The second Programme flagged by the Feminist Open Forum has been broadcast on Dublin Community Television. See DCTV.ie

author by Jim Monaghan - N/apublication date Wed Apr 10, 2013 12:49author email j.b.monaghan at open dot ac dot ukauthor address author phone Report this post to the editors

Morrissey, J. The Murder of Infants? Symphysiotomy in Ireland 1944-66 in History Ireland Issue 5 (Sept/Oct 2012) Vol 20, at http://www.historyireland.com/volumes/vol20/?id=115568

Related Link: http://www.historyireland.com/volumes/vol20/?id=115568
 
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