The Tuam babies: We thought we couldn't be shocked anymore ....
We knew about the abuse perpetrated on women in the Magdalen laundries.
We knew many babies were forcibly removed from their mothers, and effectively 'sold' in private adoptions, often outside Ireland.
We knew the prevailing mentality was that a woman who got pregnant should be punished.
We didn't know that dead babies and children were thrown into unmarked graves - and this in a country with a cultural, and religious, veneration of the family grave.
Why were these babies not afforded the respect of a proper burial? Why were their names buried with them?
The 796 babies in Tuam suggest a child mortality rate in the Bon Secours Home that was 4 - 5 times higher than the national rate.
A Government task force has been set up to examine the revelations, and report back before the end of the month.
However, Well Woman supports today's call by Amnesty International for an INDEPENDENT, effective and transparent investigation into the Tuam babies. We need to know if those children and babies died of ill-treatment, or neglect.
And we need to know what happened in the other mother and baby homes.
It's Friday, so whatever you do, however you spend it, from all of us in Well Woman - have a great weekend.
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