Ireland has expressed regret that thousands of women and young girls held in workhouses run by Catholic nuns were stigmatized by the label "fallen women." But Prime Minister Enda Kenny did not apologize for the state's involvement in decades of harsh treatment for women held in 10 Magdalene Laundries. He was reacting to a report that concluded the government oversaw the workhouses.
So what do you think about the the lack of apology from the Irish PM. Should he have apologized to the victims, and should reparations be made? Should the church take similar actions?
In Ireland alone over 30,000 women passed through these institutions, until the closing of the last one in 1996. These women included not only prostitutes but abused girls, mentally disabled women, single mothers, inmates. The re-emergence of this issue into the news is due to a report that stated that the Irish government oversaw these institutes over decades of abuse.
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Magdalene Asylums, other wise know as Magdalene Laundries, where houses run by to contain women of " poor moral character " such as prostitutes and promiscuous women.They existed across the western world, in both europe and the United States. They were supposedly to rehabilitate women to re-enter society, but they quickly became punitive and prison like, with force hard labor, and long periods of forced prayer and silence becoming the norm.
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