The Curmudgeon


Wednesday, November 14, 2012


For the past couple of years the Irish government has "struggled to respond" to a ruling by the European court of human rights, which found that although Irish law permits abortion in cases where the woman's life is in danger, the relevant laws were not being implemented. Since Jesus can never have enough sunbeams, it seems that a woman has now died of septicaemia after being denied a medical termination of her miscarrying pregnancy. The tragedy appears to have provoked an unwonted silence from those nominally celibate males in skirts, such as the recent Bigot of the Year laureate Cardinal Keith O'Brien, who usually have so much to say about God's law concerning the rights of the non-ordained. Presumably they are busy praying for the foetus or scattering holy water, or doing something equally helpful.


  • At 9:59 p.m. , Anonymous Madame X said...

    She stood a better chance with witch doctors. My grandmother died of septicemia in 1926 after giving birth. Too bad I don't believe in an afterlife or I would wish the gutless doctors a swift trip for standing around watching a patient die for nothing.

  • At 9:43 a.m. , Blogger Lung the Younger said...

    More blame should really go to the government than the church. Abortion is very much the red-hot turd among political issues in Ireland and nobody in the Dáil wants to be the first to touch it. As a result legislation is vague and the chances of a woman having her life saved by a termination depends on the hospital in which she happens to be lying. I was impressed by the way Kenny tore the Catholic church a new arsehole over the child abuse case in Cork. Now we need him to grow a pair again and tackle this issue.


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