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Dáil to debate symphysiotomy

14 March, 2012 - by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD


The practice of symphysiotomy, the procedure whereby women’s pelvises were unhinged, in Irish hospitals, is to be debated for the first time in the Dáil tomorrow (Thursday, 15 March).

Many of the women who survived the operation and suffered permanent damage as a result will attend the debate.

Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD, who successfully urged the scheduling of the Dáil statements on symphysiotomy, said:

“Symphysiotomy was a barbaric practice inflicted on hundreds of Irish women from the 1940s until the 1980s. Some 180 of these women survived and are campaigning for justice and truth. There needs to be a proper inquiry as well as a redress scheme including medical benefits for the survivors. The demands of the women have cross-party support and TDs and Senators from across the Oireachtas have joined together in a support group. We are very pleased to welcome many of the survivors to the Dáil tomorrow.”

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