Ok I’m going to share a story with you regarding a crisis pregnancy I had many years ago, I have previously shared this story on my own account but think it might be good to revisit it. I was 15 when I became pregnant, 15 when I gave birth too. My eldest is now 27 #togetherforyes
I concealed my pregnancy for 5.5 months, they were very frightening times indeed. I was in school in 5th year in an all girls school. I went back to school three weeks after delivering my baby. This photo is of my and my lovely little one when she was 4 weeks old #togetherforyes
Today we are warning that #RepealTheEighth vote can't be assumed even through No have failed to increase their vote. If the same last week shift comes into play as for Marriage Equality & Divorce we are looking at a result to close to call. To explain in detail.. #together4yes
1995 Divorce referendum looked to be in the bag from advance polls but on the day was only narrowly carried, it appears major drop in Yes happened in last 10 days. Too long ago to say more but we can say a whole lot more about Marriage Equality..
Marriage Equality also saw sharp drop in last 10 days, there were 4 polls published a weekend before by the same range of companies polling this time around - table shows each poll and then actual result first for raw data, then with Don't Knows excluded..
THREAD: For anyone out there concerned about the No campaign’s current push to convince the electorate that the proposed legislation for abortion, should the referendum pass, will allow for abortion access up to 6 months:
(I’m attaching links below where you can examine the legislation in detail for yourself if you want.) They are basing this claim on UK legislation and practice. This will not be the legislation or practice here.
UK law, for starters, requires that if you are in need of an abortion you should fit specific legal criteria laid out in 1964. One of those criteria is that of risk to your health; in UK law this means that if two medical doctors agree that the pregnancy you are carrying
Thread. The first birth I attended, the mother wanted a natural birth. I could tell right away the midwife was not on the same page. She hooked the mother up to a CTG and promised it was just for 20 minutes or so. Over an hour later the mother was begging for it to be removed.
The midwife kept saying just a few minutes more. As labour progressed she wanted to move around and the CTG was really irritating her. The midwife said she had to keep it on because she (the midwife) had an obligation to the baby and needed to keep an eye on it. When we went on
break I queried this. I asked what she meant. She said it was the law and we had to abide by it. Our first and foremost duty was to protect that baby. I didn't know it at the time, but this law was the 8th amendment. I watched this mother navigate the cascade of interventions
A thread on the long running rebellion that eventually forced the government to call a referendum to #repealthe8th - photo is us on the February 1992 X-case march - the point at which the tide turned & lead to the #Together4Yes to get rid of #8thref this May
Our involvement goes further back, WSM formed in 1984 but those members had fought introduction of the 8th as part of the Anti-Amendment Campaign. Felt AAC was too defensive through and there was a need to always include a 'womens right to choose' on every platform
In 1984 Eileen Flynn sacked from teaching job at New Ross convent school - Jesuit priest wrote “Ms Flynn’s pregnancy is significant only as being incontrovertible evidence that her relations with the man in whose house she resided were in fact immoral...
Morning all. I’m Siobhán Donohue @SiobhanDonohue and I’m doing the final leg for @TFMRIRE today. I’m 46, married to Joe and we have 3 kids, Ciaran (10) Aoife (8) & Cillian (4) as well as the baby we lost to FFA. I’m a GP by profession but on a break since Cillian was born
I grow up in Dun Laoghaire, studied medicine in Trinity and worked as a junior doctor in various hospitals around the country including Limerick, Portlaoise and Dublin before completing my GP training in Edinburgh.
I returned home in 2001 and have worked in a variety of GP practices down the years until 2013 when I decided it was time for a break. I now live in Bray so pretty close to my parents. You may have seen them in the last 2 weeks: irishtimes.com/news/social-af…
My first time listening to @ghook's Saturday Sit-In. Extremely impressed by @LaraDungan's emphatic argument in favour of #RepealThe8th. A shame it's being broadcast at 8am on a Saturday though. People (myself included) have mixed feelings about George, but it's worth a listen.
I was dismayed to hear the usually wonderful @TLoweBL trying to equate the life of a foetus (or unborn baby if she prefers, but that's a semantic argument) to that of a woman of childbearing age. The two are almost entirely incomparable. #RepealThe8th#TogetherForYes
A foetus and an unborn baby are the same thing. When a foetus is born it becomes a baby. When a baby is born it ceases to be a foetus. The choice of word is a communications decision. As a comms pro, @TLoweBL should understand that better than most. #RepealThe8th#TogetherForYes
For those interested in finding the "correct" answer in the abortion debate, usually an impasse is reached.
Save for those who believe human life begins at conception (and who often believe contraception is also wrong), the conventional wisdom is that life begins at some point between conception and birth, and it is impossible to pinpoint such a date.
Some people look at this problem more deeply and might say that life has NOT begun at X weeks, without saying that that it has, and therefore abortion before X weeks is OK.