Woman Dies In Ireland After Being Denied AbortionSource:
The Guardian (UK)
November 13, 2012
Health authorities in Ireland are investigating the death of a pregnant woman who's husband says she was denied an abortion after severe complications.
Savita Halappanapar, who was 17 weeks pregnant, died of Septicaemia a week after presenting with back pain on October 21 at University Hospital in Galway, where she was found to be miscarrying.
After the 31-year-old dentist was told that she was miscarrying, her husband reportedly said that she had asked for a medical termination over a three day period, during which she was in severe pain.
But he said these requests were denied because a fetal heartbeat was still present and they were told at one point, "This is a Catholic country."
Medical staff removed the dead fetus days after the heartbeat stopped, but Halappanapor died of Septicaemia on October 28.
Reports of the death sparked an outcry on Wednesday night in Ireland,
where abortion is illegal unless the life of the woman is in danger.
Rachel Donnelly, a spokeswoman for pro choice campaigners in Galway said:
"This was an obstetric emergency which should have been dealt with in a routine manner. Yet Irish doctors are restrained from making obvious medical decisions by a fear of potentially severe consequences."
"As the European Court ruled, as long as the [anti-abortion] 1861 Act remains in place, alongside a complete unwillingness to touch the issue,
pregnant women will continue to be unsafe in this country."
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