Tuesday, July 16, 2013
In the Irish Examiner today Terry Prone calls for Enda Kenny to show leadership on the issue of symphysiotomy now that matters are beginning to come to head with the imminent publication of the Walsh Report into the practice of symphysiotomy in Ireland.
Asking Taoiseach Enda Kenny to show leadership in arranging a just and balanced settlement to the grievances that have led Survivors of Symphysiotomy in their quest to have the law changed, he compares the apology given to the Magdelane laundries survivors.
Arguing that medical justification is not a legitimate reason as to why women were subjected to the barbaric procedure of symphysiotomy, he goes on to ask that redress cannot be successful while the language of medical abuse is couched in phrases such as “the order of the day” or “the culture back then”.
Highlighting the need for redress schemes to hold the needs of survivors over the culture of bureaucracy, he makes the case that genuine compassion is about legislative action as much as the ability to apologise for the wrongs of the past.