This disgraceful attempt by the government parties, to hide away and seal the records to do with Mother & Baby homes is shameful beyond measure. Bríd spoke passionately against the Bill and the indecent haste with which it is being pushed through.
Tag: women’s rights
SO WOMEN AND BABIES DON’T MATTER? 28,000 women signed the petition organised by Support Maternity Leave Extension 2020. It would be a simple matter to just agree to the extension for the duration of the Covid crisis, and relatively, the cost is not huge. Yet the government, shamefully, are proposing an alternative that makes no sense. I spoke about this yesterday in the Dáil.
While violence against women is increasing, nine of our 26 counties have no women’s refuge. The State has only one third of the refuges needed by women and children fleeing domestic violence. Yet Tusla handed back, unspent, €60 million of money earmarked for children in need, to Minister Zapone – when all over the country people trying to provide a service are being told ‘sorry, no funding’. Those in power misuse their position, and our money. FF / FG have to go.
A cross party motion on period poverty is welcome, and to be supported. The sickening irony is that many of those supporting this motion, were gung-ho for the policies that caused or exacerbated poverty among so many women, lone parents and precarious workers in particular.
One of the most inspiring slogans raised on the day of the Repeal referendum was “The North is Next”. And the women in the North consistently supported us and campaigned down here with us. So why is there no mention of them in all the Brexit talk?
Dec 5th – Brid seeks clarity but gets none on the fate of the NMH
Tonight 5.12.18 Minister Harris gave a committment to Deputy Brid Smith TD that no institution, including the new National Maternity Hospital can conscientiously object to providing abortion services
In response to the outrageous conduct of a rape trial in Cork, where the victim’s underwear was presented as evidence of consent, a lunchtime rally was held at the Spire in Dublin, in solidarity with the victim. Other cities also held rallies. Bríd addressed the gathering.
The committe stage, where we debate amendments to the proposed abortion legislation, is frustrating to say the least. Anti abortionists want to rehash the argument (that they spectacularly lost 2:1 in May). But its also frustrating when some amendments are ruled ‘in’, and others ‘out’ of order. Like one today, from Carol Nolan who wants to bill a woman for an abortion unless she’s dying. The other issue addressed in this video is criminality. 14 years for vasectomy? Of course not, so why would they even consider it for abortion. Criminality has no place in health legislation. We debated this at the Committee today. 6.11.18
Proud to march with great young PBP comrades on the March for Choice yesterday. True, we won the referendum, but we have to make sure there is no foot-dragging, no short-changing of rights hard won. That’s why we marched.