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A ‘special level of support’… April 25, 2012

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Bioethics, Uncategorized.

In relation to the issue of women who had pregnancies where there were fatal foetal abnormalities it is interesting to note the proposed solution for that issue from one quarter, that being,

…the establishment of perinatal hospices so women could receive a “special level of support”.

Without doubting for a moment that such a facility would be of considerable service to a proportion of those in that situation (and the NYT in this article notes that many of those within these hospices ‘seem free of ideology’ in any respect) for others the prospect of continuing through a pregnancy in this context in such institutions certainly doesn’t appear to come close to addressing their needs.

There’s also the thought that these institutions, in an Irish context have an odd echoes of a harsher and even more profoundly paternalistic time in this society.


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