Clare Daly Socialist Party/United Left Alliance TD called on the State to fully acknowledge the barbarity of the practice of symphysiotomy and to afford victims the full rights of redress.
Speaking in the Dail today, Clare Daly, said, “This is an important step towards an acknowledgement by the State of the crimes committed against these women. Symphysiotomy was the butchering of women’s’ bodies, for no medical reason, without their consent.”
Calling attention to the women in the gallery, many of whom had been suffering and fighting for access to justice for many years, Daly stated, “This barbaric act is part of our living history and the women in the gallery are living proof of that”. Daly called for full redress to be available to these women who were victims of a violation of human rights.
She said, “I call for the Statute of Limitations to be changed so that survivors can take legal action, but more than this, for the women to have access to compensation and for these crimes of the Irish Stateto be fully acknowledged and never repeated.” Cllr Melisa Halpin from People Before Profit/United Left Alliance, said, “These women have been sentenced to a lifetime of pain due to a horrific procedure that had no medical necessity”.
“This practice was part of an ethos of controlling the reproductive rights of women. That ethos and the control of our hospitals by religious institutions allowed this practice to continue decades after it was banned in other European countries. That institutional control remains in place. We need a patient centred ethos not a religious centred ethos to dominate out hospitals and medical system. That’s why we need a state run, fully public, accountable and transparent medical system established in Ireland”.