We will be highlighting a selection of moments in Irish history that show the tragic consequences the church and patriarchy have on Ireland and pregnant people.
Today's fact is the tragic death of Sheila Hodges and her unborn child . Sheila Hodges was diagnosed with cancer but her treatment was stopped when she became pregnant in case it would harm the foetus in her womb. She developed severe lumber paid indicating a tumour on her back. It could not be confirmed as the hospital would not X-ray her. Her husband pleaded for her to be allowed a c section so she could get treatment. He was refused. On March 16, 1983, she went into labour 2 months premature. Her baby girl died almost immediately. Sheila Hodges died two days later. She had tumours on her neck, back, spine and legs. Sheila was survived by her two daughters aged 7 & 8.
We cannot change our past but we can change or future. The 8th amendment affects ALL pregnant people. Vote yes on May 25th to make Ireland a more compassionate place for all women. #repealthe8th #ireland #bemyyes