Video: A brutal procedure

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Paul Maguire reports on operations conducted in Irish hospitals that left women so traumatised they have been unable to talk to close friends or even family members about the procedure. Barbaric, archaic ? A midwifery of darker times. Just what

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Information for researchers: The revival of symphysiotomy in Ireland

The Revival of Symphysiotomy in Ireland Dr Jacqueline Morrissey the historian who first exposed the latter day practice of symphysiotomy in Ireland. With kind permission from  Dr Jacqueline Morrissey and Tommy Graham the Editor of History Ireland. First published in History Ireland Sept/Oct 2012

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Symphysiotomy Dail and Senate debates now on Oireachtas

Dail and Senate debates now published on Oireachtas website Symphysiotomy: Statements Thursday, 15 March 2012   Read more

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Symphysiotomy and human rights

This article first appeared in Human Rights Ireland and is by the Chairperson of SOS, Marie O’Connor. The Statute of Limitations (Amendment) Bill 2013 for survivors of symphysiotomy is now before the Select Committee on Justice of the Irish Parliament. Its passage

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The Walsh Report Ireland

The Walsh terms of reference were defective. Crucially, they excluded survivor testimony, which would have nullified the report’s most fundamental findings, that symphysiotomy was done mainly as an emergency procedure and that it was ‘safer’ than Caesarean section. Hospital reports

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Draft: Shortened Walsh Report now online

Draft Report on Symphysiotomy in Ireland from 1944 to 1984   Please note: This report is disputed by SOS Ireland and is provided as an aide to researchers and those studying the subject. The report is in no way endorsed by

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Research: Catholic Communications Office Statement in respect of Symphysiotomy in Ireland

Information from Rev Martin Clarke of the Catholic Communications Office in response to original reports of symphysiotomy in Ireland Begins CATHOLIC COMMUNICATIONS OFFICE (INCORPORATING THE CATHOLIC PRESS & INFORMATION OFFICE) SYMPHYSIOTOMY IN IRELAND 1. Recent discussion of this issue appears

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Video: Germaine Greer discusses maternity rights at the launch of Bodily Harm

Germaine Greer discusses symp[hysiotomy

Bodily Harm launched by Germaine Greer from Paula Geraghty on Vimeo. In this video Germaine Greer discusses the politics of womens health and maternity rights from a historical perspective at the launch of Bodily Harm, a report by SOS Ireland

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Columnist David Quinn denies catholic church had a direct influence on the practice of symphysiotomy in Irish maternity hospitals

Religion and social affairs columnist DAVID QUINN today launched an attack on people wishing to lay the blame for the practice of symphysiotomy on the door of the Catholic Church in Ireland. The former editor of The Irish Catholic and

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Press release: Symphysiotomy survivors express concerns at the publication of the draft Walsh Report into the practice of Symphysitomy in Ireland

The Walsh Report on symphysiotomy has been given a lukewarm response by survivors of the operation across Ireland. The body representing survivors and their families, Survivors of Symphysiotomy (SoS) have described the report as ‘a damp squib from a slow

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