Leslie Carol Botha: Not only was this woman forced to go through a painful and brutal procedure during the birth of her first child – it was labeled and approved because of Church attitudes about Caesarean sections which for some odd, bizarre and simply perverted reason were considered to be an artificial form of contraception. Get the hell out of our bodies. Men impregnate women and then turn around and punish them for trying to control the number of children they bring into the world.
Woman condemns ‘barbaric’ procedure
05 April 2013
Mairin O’Moore is one of more than 22,000 women to sign a petition given to a cross-party Oireachtas group to demand justice for victims, which saw her pelvis deliberately cracked open as she gave birth to her first child.
Doctors performed the barbaric surgery of symphysiotomy without her knowledge, leaving her with permanent damage – both physical and emotional.
Ms O’Moore said: “It was a nightmare, you couldn’t explain it. An actual saw was used on the pelvis. I won’t go any further than that.”
Ms O’Moore, from Dublin, presented the petition to symphysiotomy support group spokesman Sinn Fein’s Caoimhghin O Caolain. He vowed to pass it on to Health Minister Dr James Reilly in the coming weeks in a bid to secure redress.
Mr O Caolain said it was time the state answers for the medieval treatment women received under its care. He said: “It’s very, very important now that every effort is employed to give these women closure. The victims of symphysiotomy deserve no less.”
The “barbaric” treatment, in which doctors broke the pelvis to ease childbirth, was forced on women as recently as the 1990s. Campaigners have claimed the doctors did it to fight the crime of birth control – by depriving women of a Caesarean section, which was regarded as an artificial form of contraception.