Nov 14 2012

Ireland speaks up

There are demonstrations all over Ireland right now, to protest the horrible needless cruel death of Savita Halappanavar. Jen Keane (@zenbuffy) is there. People are estimating the one outside the Dail at 2 or 3 thousand, on only five hours notice.

A selection of tweets.

Ruairí McKenna@ruairimck

Just back from #actiononx protest at Dail. Hope politicians are listening. NEVER AGAIN #savita


Organisers says over 2,000 people have attended a sit-down protest for #Savita outside Leinster House http://jrnl.to/SVUIQC

Ellen Newman@SmellenNewman

#Savita refused abortion due to doctor’s religious bias. The first thing we learn in med school: religion plays no part in medical decisions

Ciarán J. Martin@CiaranJMartin

2000-3000 believed to be gathered outside the Dáil now, hear the people speak #Savita

mark wright@markwrightuk88

RT @boucherhayes: 2000 – 3000 at #Savita protest now. All Kildare St traffic stopped.


Pictures from the #Savita vigil in Ireland are making me cry actual tears. She had a heartbeat too.

Noel Dolan@cybernoelie

#Cork: Quite a large crowd has already gathered for #Savita outside the Opera House. http://twitpic.com/bd7vnl

SEO for SME@Malcolm_Oakley

Ireland and Poland both have total disregard for woman – http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/30/us-poland-abortion-court-idUSBRE89T1AC20121030 … #Abortion #Savita #Poland #Ireland


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    Arguments from legality, principle, and (I suspect) evidence all favour pro-choice activists – at least in my admittedly limited experience.

    But just those won’t do the trick to change societies. You need to have more than just facts & logic, you need to rouse people’s passions & emotions.

    This might be just the thing to make big changes in Ireland.

    Which is a crying shame, because if people just listened to facts & logic, legality, principle & evidence, Savita Halappanavar would be alive right now.

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    I am pleased to say that my cousin is even now protesting outside the irish embassy in London. Wish I lived closer to DC….

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    I hope, at the very least, this doctor or doctors responsible lose their jobs. Being brought up on negligent homicide, or equivalent, would be better.

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    Oh, I hope they can make a difference. Does anybody know an address to write to? It seems it’s the least I can do for poor Savita.

    I wonder if her religion or the colour of her skin made any difference to the doctor’s attitude?

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    Hoekom Jy My Haat

    Will there be any protests this weekend at the Irish Embassy here in DC. Please let me know, I’d LOVE to show up!

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    What an utter waste of a life.

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    Ophelia Benson

    Hoekom yes I think so – certainly more demos are planned for Ireland on Saturday. If you’re on Twitter try just asking with the hashtag #Savita.

    sheila same for you – try asking on the hashtag. This is one thing social media can be very useful for.

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    Tony! The Queer Shoop

    sheila @5:
    Well, Savita was Hindu and was told that she’s in Catholic country, so at the very least, her belief system and desires were ignored in favor of Catholic teachings.

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    F [i'm not here, i'm gone]

    It’s good to see that this was not just another largely ignored tragedy.


    Ophelia: Nearly all the links in your post have been borked by WordPress. Sorry.

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    Ophelia Benson

    Oh, most of those aren’t real links, in my view. They’re Twitter hashtags; one wouldn’t expect them to work outside Twitter…would one? I wouldn’t anyway.

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    Brian Lynchehaun

    If you wish to email politicians directly, you can do so from here:


    The more political pressure, the better.

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