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Let's hope that whatever government is formed in Ireland, this issue is sorted:


Irish women sawn open during childbirth seek justice:



Symphysiotomy, a brutal procedure that involved slicing through the cartilage and ligaments of a pelvic joint during childbirth, and pubiotomy, an even more extreme form in which the bone of the pelvis was sawn apart, was carried out in Ireland centuries after it was abandoned elsewhere, leaving women with lifelong disabilities, incontinence and chronic pain.

An estimated 1,500 women are thought to have unknowingly undergone the procedure without giving consent since its practice was revived in Irish hospitals in the 1940s. It officially ceased in 1984, but there are unconfirmed reports of its having taken place up until 2012."

Source: http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2016/02/irish-women-sawn-open-childbirth-seek-justice-160225103038831.html