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Tuesday, June 03, 2014

 
Pro-life, but only in the womb

by digby

Just in case you still think all this pro-life rending of garments has always been about he "sanctity of life" perhaps this will enlighten you about the real agenda:
In a town in western Ireland, where castle ruins pepper green landscapes, there’s a six-foot stone wall that once surrounded a place called the Home. Between 1925 and 1961, thousands of “fallen women” and their “illegitimate” children passed through the Home, run by the Bon Secours nuns in Tuam.

Many of the women, after paying a penance of indentured servitude for their out-of-wedlock pregnancy, left the Home for work and lives in other parts of Ireland and beyond. Some of their children were not so fortunate.

More than five decades after the Home was closed and destroyed — where a housing development and children’s playground now stands — what happened to nearly 800 of those abandoned children has now emerged: Their bodies were piled into a massive septic tank sitting in the back of the structure and forgotten, with neither gravestones nor coffins.

“The bones are still there,” local historian Catherine Corless, who uncovered the origins of the mass grave in a batch of never-before-released documents, told The Washington Post in a phone interview. “The children who died in the Home, this was them.”

The grim findings, which are being investigated by police, provide a glimpse into a particularly dark time for unmarried pregnant women in Ireland, where societal and religious mores stigmatized them. Without means to support themselves, women by the hundreds wound up at the Home. “When daughters became pregnant, they were ostracized completely,” Corless said. “Families would be afraid of neighbors finding out, because to get pregnant out of marriage was the worst thing on Earth. It was the worst crime a woman could commit, even though a lot of the time it had been because of a rape.”
I'm sure it's very nice if children grow up to be happy and healthy people. But it's always been a secondary concern and still is. The main issue is punishing the slutty women.

They've become slicker in their marketing in recent years and are no longer turning pregnant women into indentured servants. Today they just insist that they can be subject to criminal laws if they harm themselves (because their bodies aren't their own.) They cruelly insist that they be forced to deliver their still born fetuses through normal childbirth and give birth to those which are horribly malformed and cannot live. And they insist that women who wish to exercise their right to decide their own reproductive fate be harassed, abused, insulted and demeaned and their doctors should be run out of business or killed.

But in today's more evolved world, they aren't literally neglecting and killing the children they are forcing women to have against their will. So that's progress.

Read the whole story. And then, after considering all the other revelations of recent years, ask yourself why these institutions have any leg to stand on when it comes to sexual morality. This wasn't that long ago.

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