Press Release from: Parents For Choice
For immediate release: 28/04/17
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“We Own Our Hospitals”: Parents For Choice Organise National March on 7th May Against Religious Ownership of National Maternity Hospital
Parents for Choice will march through Dublin on May 7th to protest against the decision of Minister Simon Harris to grant ownership of the National Maternity Hospital to the Sisters of Charity. The march, themed ‘We Own Our Hospitals’, will gather at 2pm outside the Garden of Remembrance and finish at Merrion Square outside Leinster House.
“As parents, we are protesting to protect our maternity care and our daughters’ future care. We want to ensure that healthcare facilities paid for by the people of Ireland are accountable to and run by the people of Ireland,” said Parents for Choice spokesperson Sinéad Redmond. “This decision is unjustifiable. A national service belongs in public, not private hands. With each resignation of those involved with this project it becomes clearer that the ill-conceived process that lead to this decision must be reconsidered. Parents for Choice know there is an alternative to private religious ownership of women and children’s health services.”
Redmond continues: “Many of us in Parents for Choice are lone mothers. Many of us have birthed in this hospital. It is not long ago that women like us and our babies would have been locked up by this order of nuns in their laundries. It is a mark of disrespect to survivors of these institutions, still owed reparations by this order, and to the women of Ireland, to give them ownership of our National Maternity Hospital. We call on the minister to listen to the Irish public who are making their views clearly known through protests, petitions and social media to reverse this decision, and to implement a modern, transparent system of ownership and governance of our national maternity hospital.”
Parents for Choice campaign for access to a full range of reproductive choices and for bodily autonomy for those who are pregnant, whether they wish to continue the pregnancy or not. This includes repeal of the Eighth Amendment, reform of the HSE National Consent Policy and access to free, safe and legal abortion.