Aren’t we great, here in Ireland?
Aren’t we very moral and principled and upright and strong in our ethical beliefs?
Answer? No. We’re a bunch of fucking hypocrites who are quite happy to pretend we don’t have abortion simply because it doesn’t happen within our sainted borders.
The European Court of Human Rights has now ruled that our lack of laws on abortion infringed the rights of a woman who became pregnant while in remission from cancer.
Attorney General Paul Gallagher, in a staggering display of hypocrisy, argued to the court that Irish abortion laws are based on “profound moral values deeply embedded in Irish society”.
Profound moral values? In a country whose moral values were hijacked by clerical child abusers and thieving political dynasties? I think not.
As I listened to the news report, my thoughts turned back to the 1980s, to the heartless bastards from SPUC and PLAC and all the rest of the craw-thumping holy-joes, as they trotted out the mantra: hard cases make bad law.
Even then I thought it was bullshit. Dishonest, legalistic bullshit. Hard cases make compassionate laws, as they should.
In this country, as recently as three years ago, HSE zealots went all the way to the High Court to try and prevent a 17-year-old girl, Amy Dunne, from travelling to England for an abortion. The girl’s unborn child had anencephaly, a dreadful condition in which the brain does not develop and in which there is no chance of life. HSE officials involved the Gardaí and the passport office in their zeal to make sure that the girl delivered her dead baby, and in the process, cost the State €1 million in fees on a pointless and vindictive action to impose a Catholic-driven agenda that had no basis in law. While attending court, Amy Dunne had to run the gauntlet of extreme Catholic maniacs screaming about the right to life for a baby who had no chance of survival, and calling her a murderer.
But this is not 1983, when Spuc and PLAC and Family Solidarity swaggered around the country intimidating and shouting down all opposition. It isn’t 1985 when they wheeled out the Poor Clares to vote down the rights of grown adults to divorce.
We now live in an age when everyone knows we have no moral authority. Those who created the judgemental, stifling, oppressive atmosphere are discredited. The climate that condemned thousands of Irish women to slavery in laundries, and thousands more to secretly flee the country for abortions was created by the same clergy we now know to be rapists, child abusers, thieves, liars and cynics.
We now live in a time when Ireland stands exposed as one of the most unprincipled nations on the planet.
I can hear people groaning. The economy is in shit, just like the Eighties, and here we go again with abortion referendums. Is it a time-warp?
In a sense, yes. We still have spineless political parties who refuse to legislate on abortion. Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael, Labour and the Greens stand indicted on this. Sinn Féin, meanwhile, carry irony to the point of obscenity by claiming to be “pro-life”.
Bring it on. Let’s finallly confront, once and for all, the hypocrisy that lies at the heart of our nation’s problems. Let’s at long last face this problem and lance the abscess that has sickened our people since the clergy were installed in positions of civil power by a British government 180 years ago.
Let us be rid of these pustulent priests and their disordered followers so that this country can finally grow up and our people can have some dignity as adults who make their own decisions about their own lives.
I recommend reading THIS for a summary of recent history.