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    Mr. Enda Kenny, Taoiseach
    Mr. Michael D. Higgins, Uachtarán
    Republic of Ireland

    Dear Taoiseach Kenny and Uachtarán Higgins,

    I love Ireland. Until the middle of July I was fortunate to have lived in your lovely country for a year whilst I was attending an MPhil program at Trinity College Dublin.

    Notwithstanding my love of your nation, I am appalled at the barbaric and horrendous treatment of Savita Halappanavar, her horrible death, the cowardly position of Irish government officials, and the backward and medically and morally flawed abortion policy in Ireland.

    I have plans to return to Ireland in August 2013 for an important academic conference in my field. However I will have serious qualms about returning if steps are not taken to protect Irish women’s health and lives in a manner that is in accord with the findings of the European Commission on Human Rights. I know legalizing abortion is not popular in Ireland, but there is no excuse to not loosen the laws forthwith to protect the lives and health of the Irish populace. I know that at this juncture full legalization of abortion is probably not possible, but changes must be made to protect the lives of women.

    If steps are not taken to protect the lives and health of women in Ireland, I plan to tell everyone I know to avoid travel in Ireland -- for women of childbearing age in particular, it is obviously a dangerous place. I personally will have to choose to refuse to give my paper at the 2013 conference for International Society of Anglo Saxonists to be held in Dublin if such steps are not taken.

    In addition, my family will not purchase Irish products sold in the United States and will recommend that others also avoid buying Irish products.
    Sincerely,

    Hwær cwom mearg? Hwær cwom mago? Hwær cwom maþþumgyfa? Hwær cwom symbla gesetu? Hwær sindon seledreamas?
    Eala beorht bune! Eala byrnwiga! Eala þeodnes þrym!

    by Alea iacta est on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 03:31:17 PM PST

    •  Your scholarly Society -- (1+ / 0-)
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      Tamar

      Can you persuade it to relocate its upcoming conference?

      Excellent letters, both your & the diarists.

    •  great letter! I'm wondering about popular (0+ / 0-)

      opinion in Ireland regarding abortion so I searched and found this:

      THREE-in-five 18-35 year olds believe abortion should be legalised, according to a sex survey which found one-in-four women has experienced an unplanned pregnancy.

      The national poll also found almost 10% of 18-34 year olds has been involved in a relationship where an abortion took place.

      http://www.irishexaminer.com/...

      but also this awful polling result:

      Asked whether they would or would not support a change in law to allow abortion where the life of a mother was at risk, 80% said they would, 14% said they would not, and 6% were undecided.
      http://www.rte.ie/...
      so 20% of the Irish are either undecided or against abortioni when the mother's life is threatened. Unbelievable.

      We're not perfect, but they're nuts! -- Barney Frank

      by Tamar on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 05:46:45 PM PST

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