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  Symphysiotomies Monday 9 December 2002  
Between the mid 1940's and the early 1970's hundreds of Irish women underwent horrific surgery when obstetricians sawed through their pelvic bones to deliver their babies.

The procedure, called symphysiotomy was carried out in many Catholic hospitals where doctors claimed it was safer than Caesarean deliveries.
That claim is now disputed. Most of these women were never told what was happening to them and certainly did not consent to it. They have suffered life long pain and incontinence and now they are asking the Irish Government for an explanation.
Matilda Behan, a symphysiotomy survivor, and Ann O'Donnell from the National Women's Council join Jenni to talk about the case.
S.O.S. (Survivors of Symphysiotomy) can be contacted at P.O. Box 8846, Dublin 4

Irish Examiner Archive: Women want justice
National Women's Council of Ireland


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