Repeal the 8th.

My wife and I have an intellectually-disabled daughter. She’s autistic. She will never understand consent. If she were ever pregnant, it would be through rape. If that ever happened, would you come to our house and tell us what is best for our child? Because that is what your No vote on May 25th would mean, in practice.

She’s on the cusp of puberty. She’s terrified of blood. She will scream (and I mean SCREAM) when she’s cut, and scream even louder if we approach her to help. That can escalate to scratching, kicking and biting. Any trip to A&E might mean restraint or sedation. Can you imagine what it would be like trying to get her through pregnancy? Continue reading

The Rule

There is a woman who is too sick to leave her bed, and there is a fire. She is worried, but the fire is in the house at other end of the terrace, and the firefighters are here.

She asks to be evacuated, but the firefighters remind her that she lives in Ireland, where a woman cannot have an evacuation unless there is a big risk to her life.

That’s The Rule. Continue reading