Ivana Bacik, the pro-choice/pro-abortion Labour Senator who has called for the abortion debate to be conducted "in a respectful and dignified fashion" has brought the level of debate to a new low by insulting the rape victim who was the subject of the C Case in 1997 and subsequently expressed regret at having an abortion.
Using the pseudonym 'Mary', the woman spoke on the 'Today with Pat Kenny' show in July 2009. She described her horrific ordeal of being raped at the age of 13, her recollection of the abortion, her subsequent regrets and mental health issues and how she still lives in fear. This is how she described her experience of the abortion:
"I remember going on the plane to have an abortion. I didn't understand what was happening. I thought they were going to take the baby out, like there would be a living baby there...I asked for the baby and there was no baby. I wouldn't have wanted to keep the baby. I would have put it up for adoption or something."
"I never got over it. I went and got a death cert done and named it Shannon. I had to have something to keep to say that the child was there."
In a debate with Ronan Mullen on yesterday's Pat Kenny show, Bacik was dismissive of 'Mary's' story regretting the abortion and made the following claim with no evidence whatsoever to back it up:
"I think she was very much manipulated by a very far right extremist group"
Bacik should withdraw this disgraceful claim or put forward evidence in support of it.
Debate between Ronan Mullen and Ivana Bacik on yesterday's 'Today with Pat Kenny' show: RT.ie Radio1: Today with Pat Kenny - Today with Pat Kenny (Bacik's remark is just after the 20 minute mark).
Full interview with 'Mary', the woman at the centre of the 'C' Case: Miss 'C' | Fluctu8 Podcast Directory