Chomsky criticises abortion laws during Irish visit

Noam Chomsky was in Dublin earlier this week where he spoke at a reception in University College Dublin (UCD)’s O’Reilly Hall.

The world’s leading dissident intellectual was awarded the UCD Ulysses Medal, the university’s highest honour, and during his lecture he took the opportunity to criticise Ireland’s restrictive abortion laws, describing them as “an attack on women’s rights.”

As Colin Gleeson reported in the Irish Times:

During a question and answer session after his lecture [entitled Can Civilisation Survive ‘Really Existing’ Capitalism?], Prof Chomsky was asked about the power of people to mobilise political change.

He touched on women’s rights – an issue on which he said there had been “a lot of progress” over the last generation. “The main improvement has been that of women’s rights,” he said. “Although they are nowhere near where they ought to be and it’s going to be a long struggle.

“There is a strong debate at the moment with regards to a woman’s right to control an organ of her own body – namely the foetus. There is legislation being enacted in several US states to define personhood as a fertilised egg.

“Pretty soon you can imagine legislation prohibiting the washing of hands because thousands of cells are flaked off that could be turned into a stem cell and you can grow a foetus – so you’re killing a person. It’s attacks on women’s rights.”

He also criticised austerity as a solution to international economic woes, and said the policy could be “suicidal” in Cyprus.

“In Cyprus, they are trying to overcome the next European catastrophe with the suicidal policy of austerity during stagnation – which fails miserably every time it is applied.”

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