Not In Their Name


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Protestors earlier this evening outside Leinster House, Kildare Street demanding legislation on the X case ruling  in the wake of the death of Savita Halappanavar

Earlier: What You Can Do

Pics James Buckley, Laura Hutton (Photocall Ireland) and Karl.


Via Helen Clifford


55 thoughts on “Not In Their Name

      1. Leela2011

        Jesus, it would be good to know if he was!

        Statement by Irish Consultant Obstetricians

        April 1992, Dublin Ireland
        “As Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, we affirm that there is no medical circumstances justifying direct abortion, that is circumstances in which the life of a mother may only be saved by directly terminating the life of her unborn child”.
        Eamon O’Dwyer, MAO, FRCPI, FRCOG, Prof. Of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, UCG

      2. Formerly known as

        That website would get more traffic if it didn’t use the grey letters on grey background option.

    1. Hand Solo

      I agree. This is a much better form of protest than the slightly tasteless one a few weeks ago. The pro-abortion face-painting and party balloons gave me the creeps.

      1. Eliot Rosewater

        Pro-choice, not pro-abortion. Celebrating freedom of choice (if we were to have it) is the opposite of creepy.

        1. Hand Solo

          Depends what you’re choosing. Pepsi or Coca cola? Sure, paint faces and blow up the balloons. But I think you’ll agree that this is a somewhat more delicate matter, and as such I feel creeped out by that approach.

          1. TomCo

            The choice between having a baby and having an abortion is not the same as the choice between Pepsi and Coke.

      1. Lounsey

        When somebody uses ‘lefty’ as an insult, its a sure sign they aren’t to be taken seriously. It’s like when somebody uses ‘feminist’ as an insult.

        Equality? Ah sure we’ve no need for that, wha?

      2. AMC

        Funny how you call foul when people dare to insult you, yet you seem to think it’s ok to do the same. Funny how someone banging the Catholic drum seems to be ignoring the whole “turn the other cheek” concept.

        But sure anyone that ludicrously snide about a peaceful, dignified protest isn’t to be taken seriously anyway.

      3. Formerly known as

        ABM, it must be time for a novena! So, you want to save unviable foetuses, so some can be abused by your priests? You need to wake up or see your god as soon as possible (this is not a threat of violence, it would be a prayer but there is no god, not even a non-christian one).

  1. ABM

    Of course your average BS reader knows better than a professor of medicine who so happens to adhere to Catholic moral teaching.

    1. Fifi

      So which comes first, religious beliefs or medical knowledge? Religion should not influence medical procedures. F*ucking dark ages bs. How can Ireland move on when you still have people running around believing in the bible? There isn’t a single person in the county who lives according to the bible. They act as if they do. It’s pick n’ mix religion at its best.

      1. Lan

        tbf, big difference between believing in the bible and allowing that belief to warp your world view or deliberatly cause harm,
        Not defending scum who write things like “never a need for abortion” due to their outdated world view btw

    2. lush

      Can I just point out that you are actually referring to the moral teachings of the Roman Catholic Church which is based in the Vatican city in Rome.
      The word catholic means universal or relating to all men.
      Your so-called morals are not mine. They are your church’s.

    3. AMC

      An adherence to which puts womens’ lives at risk. So instead of one life snuffed out, we got two! More souls for God, yay!

      ‘obstructionist’ doesn’t even begint o describe how ‘Catholic moral teaching’ essentially puts two lives in jeopardy, when there’s is no justification for doing so.

      But hiding behind religion is moral cowardice of the highest order: you disagree with the concept so you’d rather people suffer than take a necessary, if ugly, step to save lives.

  2. Kelvin Sprocket &The Widgets

    “Just F**king Legislate Already”. O holy Jesus, cringeworthy grammar, like. Like, omg, she saw this on like, Oprah, and like, wtf, thought it would be like, cool, or like, whatever.

    My bad?

    1. lolly

      it’s a catchy phrase on a placard so normal grammar rules do not apply, any more than they would in an advertising slogan. That placard is a small twist on a common phrase already in the culture (for better or worse) and is very effective in this context – that is ALL that matters.

    2. Nigel

      It’s colloquial. It’s all very well to be a Grammar Nazi, but if you can’t recognise colloquial usage you should probably hang up your jackboots.

  3. Realworld

    Nothing will change. The Dail doesn’t have the courage to step up. Too conservative. And sure as we have no leaders in Ireland.

    1. Formerly known as

      If it was clear that enough people would vote on this issue, such as having a ‘legalise medical termination’ party, perhaps they would take notice.

      I know the devil is in the detail but it might be worth a try. If we had a real senate, elected by the people, like the one in Australia, then that would give such a party a chance.

  4. Just sayin'

    It was an eerily quiet protest when I past by. I would’ve hought a couple of thousand rather than a few hundred mentioned by the irish Times. It was really difficult to get up Kildare Street at all.

      1. odinreln

        + 1 It’s really annoying and I don’t know why IT do that. There was more than a couple of hundred, and they kept saying last night that the main protest is on Saturday.

  5. Eve

    Pity I’m in my 3rd trimester, and was too wrecked last night to join this. I love a good rally, especially one with such an important goal.

    RIP Savita, the government better not let your death have been in vain.

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