|New York Times, May 26, 2018|
Ireland is throwing off the oppressive yoke of the Roman Catholic Church.
💗In 1966, and earlier, an unmarried pregnant woman was usually shamed and coerced into giving up her baby.
Dolores Quinlan was one of hundreds of babies whose mother was not only forced to give her up but whose name was erased from Dolores's birth certificate.
Through DNA testing, the two were finally reunited, now when Dolores is 51 years old.
Her mother was forced to "put her hand on the Bible and swear to not trace me or talk about it again," said Dolores.
Thank you to Ed O'Loughlin and Megan Specia of the New York Times for this report.
💗In 2018, unmarried young women have a much better chance of keeping their babies, if that is their choice. Their extended families do not carry such a heavy load of shame.
Young men may even be outed and noticed as part of the problem.
💗In 2018, and for years earlier, unmarried young Irish women who chose not to raise a child had to find money to travel to England for an abortion.
As of this week, women can obtain a legal abortion in Ireland.
View these two films about young women incarcerated in homes for unwed mothers in Ireland in past years and forced to work in the Magdalene Laundries:
The Magdalene Sisters
Note: Mary Magdalene was cured of "seven demons." She is not described as a fallen woman in the Gospels or letter of Paul. All that is legend. She and other women traveled with Jesus and the twelve and "provided for them out of their resources." They were not even poor. See Luke 8: 1-3.
The woman who "is a sinner" in Luke 7 is nameless and does not become part of Jesus's group of followers.
Another note: "All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God" Romans 3:23