- 18 May 18
PROFESSOR LOUISE KENNY, an obstetrician who’s witnessed first-hand the fatal consequences of the 8th Amendment, has emerged as one of the Repeal campaign’s most persuasive voices. She talks to STUART CLARK about dirty tricks, religious dogma dressed up as expert medical opinion, and what needs to be done to secure a ‘Yes’ vote on May 25.
“Repealers can call me Louise. You can call me Professor.”
That was Professor Louise Kenny putting manners on Save The 8th Comms Director, John McGuirk, in one of the many robust exchanges of abortion rights opinion she’s had recently on Twitter. Over the past few months the self-described “Mum, medic, academic and feminist” has become one of the Repeal movement’s most eloquent advocates and one who’s definitely not afraid to stand up to social media trolls.
“You can call me Louise,” the affable thirtysomething smiles. “I don’t think people in my line of work can really sit on the sidelines as it impacts us so blatantly in our work every day. I’ve had a little more room to get involved because I’m currently on a two-year career break. I’ve a very understanding boss at the HSE who basically said, ‘Do what you have to do…’ I’m glad I do have that freedom, because the extremely well-funded Save The 8th and associated campaigns are coming out with blatant lies. Some of the information they’re projecting is categorically wrong.”