If I was contacting you under normal circumstances I would describe myself as a concerned constituent. Today I’m writing as a grieving constituent, citizen and human being.
Today, like so many others, I am deeply hurt and am forced to question whether a country that wilfully allows a woman to die in excruciating pain based on obscure morality is a country that I can call home. The death of Savita Halappanavar is the direct result of twenty years of political cowardice and moral failure. It is a cause of shame for Ireland’s government and for the Irish people. Please understand the gravity of your decisions and actions on this issue.
In his interview with Time Magazine, the Taoiseach told the international community that abortion “is not of priority for government now.” That attitude, which has persisted in Irish politics for decades, is abhorrent. This doesn’t need a referendum, it doesn’t require public consultation or a lengthy investigation. It requires the government to fulfill its fundamental constitutional responsibilities. The legislative apathy so characteristic of our political system has actually killed someone. What more is this government waiting for?
I am a constituent, a citizen and a human who deserves basic respect and protection from my government. The kind of respect and protection denied to Savita Halappanavar. I want legislation to be introduced to give effect to the X Case as a matter of priority, of urgency, of basic humanity.
Niamh Ní Mhaoileoin
I have sent this message to my representatives in Dublin West, but it doesn’t feel like enough. Please join the protest this evening at 6pm outside Leinster House. Hopefully by showing the depth of citizen commitment to change on this issue we can elicit the same commitment from our representatives. This is will become a political battle, but before anything else it’s about a person and a terrible loss. As we fight for change, Savita Halappanavar must be kept in our thoughts and at the centre of our actions. Deepest sympathies to her family, friends and community.