The indiscriminate and exploitative use of a dead woman's name, and her image, to push a controversial campaign - that she was never part of - continues. Yet the same campaigners ignore the tragic death of Aisha Chithira, writes NIAMH UÍ BHRIAIN
In 2018, we were repeatedly told that Irish women would be safer in pregnancy if the Eighth Amendment was repealed. In fact, when opinion polls showed support for repeal was slipping, abortion campaigners reverted to using the tragic death of Savita Halappanavar to raise unfounded fear to push a ‘Yes’ vote. Then Taoiseach Leo Vardakar, warned voters that pregnant women would die if abortion was not legalised.
Any neutral commentator would have to conclude that Simon Harris is doing a terrible job as Minister for Health. The Health Service is in chaos, and despite his much-vaunted promises, the Minister has utterly failed to improve the appalling numbers of people on waiting lists for essential services, or left lying on trollies in overcrowded hospitals.
The Irish health system is failing in terms of cost, patient satisfaction and waiting times, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), indicated on the 8th of March, International Women’s Day. And they say it is likely to get worse.
The Government is on the back foot on the 8th Amendment. Their aim is now to gain repeal at any cost.