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The High Court Says We Can’t Say No

The High Court Says We Can’t Say No

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So the High Court rubberstamped a human rights violation last week. In the same fell swoop, it also gave a big fat thumbs up to denying a pregnant woman’s right to informed refusal; removing a woman’s right to be the decision-maker and expert of her own body; and supporting provider preference for delivering non-evidence based care. The country was up in arms! Oh wait, hang on… …nobody even bloody noticed. The Irish Examiner seems to be the only newspaper that covered it, presumably because our other two broadsheets didn’t deem it newsworthy enough. And yet now we’re basically in a situation where a judge has said that a midwife – and not the labouring woman under her care – is the person “entitled, authorised and qualified” to make a decision about performing an unnecessary interventio...