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I watched this documentary today. it was published to youtube in 2018,

but according to Amazon Prime it was made in 2015.
It's about how unmarried mothers and their children were treated in Ireland all the way from the 1930s to the 1980s. It's about 795 babies in an unmarked graveyard, never acknowledged. It's about women who were taken away from their families to workhouses and then had their children taken from them. Many to be sold by the nuns.

Is this where we're headed? At the time the movie was made abortion was still not legal in Ireland. There's a sense throughout that these immoral, wayward women impregnated themselves - never a hint that the father should bear any responsibility at all.

The movie is not bad. There is worthwhile discussion about the power of the church in Ireland at the time, and about why Ireland wanted to portray itself as "pure" in comparison to "dirty" Britain. It is a full length documentary also available on Amazon prime.

All I could think is we're headed thataway - backward in time.

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