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Savita Halappanavar
After reading a couple of diaries yesterday on the awful death of Savita Halappanavar (this is the one that started me off: http://www.dailykos.com/... I decided that the vacation our family had been planning in Ireland would have to be cancelled. I also decided to send a letter to various Irish officials telling them of our cancelled vacation. OllieGarkey requested that I post the letter, so here it is, complete with a list of email addresses for other Kossacks interested in writing their own letters.
(separately sent to the Prime Minister which is called the Taoiseach, the Deputy Prime Minister which is called the Tanaiste, and the Minister of Health; also sent a copy to various official Irish tourism offices)
Mr. Enda Kenny, Taoiseach
Republic of Ireland

Dear Mr. Kenny,

My family had been planning a lengthy holiday in your beautiful country this summer. I was greatly looking forward to it.

However, after reading articles concerning the horrendous treatment of Savita Halappanavar, her unjustified death, the cowardly position of Irish government officials, and a number of articles about abortion policy in Ireland, we have decided that we will not spend a penny of our money in your country.  Clearly your government does not value the lives, health and safety of women.

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.

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

This summer, our family will be traveling happily in Scotland knowing that Scotland has far more respect for women than does the Republic of Ireland.

Sincerely,

Email addresses are below the orange swiggle. Please share this information with as many people as possible. Also, if anyone knows of other actions we can take to make a difference in Irish abortion policy, please post that info.
Many thanks to OllieGarkey for the alternative ideas about Scotland. My husband is now totally excited about going to Skye!
 

Mr. Enda Kenny, Taoiseach
taoiseach@taoiseach.gov.ie

Mr. Eamon Gilmore, Tanaiste (should have an accent above the a but I don't know how to do that!)
tanaiste@dfa.ie

Dr. James Reilly, Minister of Health
minister's_office@health.gov.ie

And tourism offices (Failteireland.ie agency -- the regional offices and the U.S. office):

kevin.moriarty@failteireland.ie  
(East & Midlands East)

fiona.monaghan@failteireland.ie
(Lakelands and also West)

martina.bromley@failteireland.ie
(North West)

gary.breen@failteireland.ie
(South East)

fiona.buckley@failteireland.ie
(South West)

mary.collins@failteireland.ie
(Dublin)

ametcalfe@tourismireland.com
(U.S. office for Irish tourism)

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  •  thank you for sharing this (4+ / 0-)
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    Tamar, swampyankee, Alea iacta est, blue91

    let's all work for change, everywhere in this world.  

    Ted Kennedy: “The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die…”

    by jlms qkw on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 02:42:49 PM PST

  •  My version (5+ / 0-)

    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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  •  I was reading elsewhere (1+ / 0-)
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    Tamar

    that Ireland supposedly has a low maternal mortality rate.  I immediately wondered how good their death reporting is, knowing that here in the United States we have uneven or nonexistent reporting on certain health issues.

    Statistics can lie very convincingly even when no conscious intent is behind it.

    I wouldn't be surprised to find the number appallingly high.  After all, if they could be seen as aiding a woman in obtaining an abortion, what doctor would make a patient undergo risky procedures or take risky medications while she is pregnant?  One woman's cure is another fetus's poison and we all know this.

    •  It's window dressing (1+ / 0-)
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      Tamar

      Of course they wouldn't dare admit how often things like this happen, or how most Irish women have to travel to the UK to get any kind of proper abortion care.

      •  That's the key -- the poll I quoted in a comment (0+ / 0-)

        above:

        The national poll also found almost 10% of 18-34 year olds has been involved in a relationship where an abortion took place.
        makes it clear that women in Ireland are getting abortions -- but they're most likely traveling to England to get them.
        That's not much help for people like Savita who was probably to ill to go anywhere.

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

        by Tamar on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 10:23:25 PM PST

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  •  This woman died (0+ / 0-)

    because of the dictates of a faith not her own.  

    Last go round it was hanging and burning at the stake.

    This is why we have a wall between religion and citizen's rights.

    This boy is Ignorance and this girl is Want. Beware them both, but most of all beware this boy for on his brow I see that written which is Doom.” ― Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

    by nolagrl on Sat Nov 17, 2012 at 12:00:44 PM PST

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