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Woman Dies In Ireland After Being Denied Abortion

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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Hi, I'm Irish and I'm ashamed that abortion is illegal here and that the politicians are biding their time to legislate on this issue. It's like our country is still living in the 1950s. I was ashamed to read that a friend of my mother's who is a politician signed a survey against legislation addressing abortion. I don't think abortion should be a political issue. This is a woman's personal right and the government should have no interference. It's her body and she knows what's best for it. Therefore it shouldn't be about an unborn's "right to life", but a woman's "right to choose." I agree with the writer Ayn Rand in that an embryo has no rights until it is born.
I never liked the tactics of the anti-choice campaign. They brand abortion as "murder," use bloody images to promote their message and are judgmental towards women who choose to have terminations. I watched an aljazeera documentary about the war on abortion in America and I am appalled that comparisons have been made between abortion and the holocaust by a group called "Survivors of the abortion holocaust" whose leaders target young people and train them in camps to be "pro-life" activists. I was also shocked to learn that anti-abortion violence has been on the rise there since the 70s with killings of doctors who've performed abortions and some bombings on abortion clinics. What does this say about so-called pro-lifers?

This is indeed a very sad story... I read it in the newspaper. The lady who died kept insisting that she was not Catholic and still they murdered her. The term 'pro-life' is indeed misleading.<br />
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Although, Indians are in general more conservative than Western people, in India abortion is free, legal and easy. The woman doesn't even need to inform the father. In India, abortion was legalized a few years before USA! Pity, it is often misused for sex-selection in favour of male children.

Dogs receive better treatment from vets.

The way these doctors treated this poor woman is unthinkable.

its true... we sometimes are more human.. with animals

That poor widower is in my thoughts. She was already having a miscarriage why the doctors refused to save her life is beyond me. Senseless all around.

Wishfully thinking this will trigger a change through the Irish Oireachtas (parliament). Is a fetus more important than a woman?

Not just a fetus but a doomed one.

Wow... I am so lucky to live in a country where reproductive freedom is a choice and religion is not used to over rule common sense. My condolences to the poor husband.


Dammit religiously over-seen government ideals! *fist shake*