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Woman’s life sacrificed for religious reasons regarding abortion

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No abortion even when mother’s life is at risk: that’s the rule scrupulously observed by a hospital in Ireland, so the woman dies (as did the baby: she was miscarrying, which was why the abortion was required—but rules are rules).

Mary Elizabeth Williams reports the story in Salon:

Here’s your horrible, heartbreaking reminder for today, world: When religion guides your government and reproductive rights are denied, women die.

Savita Halappanavar, a 31-year-old dentist living in Galway, was 17 weeks pregnant when she appeared at her University Hospital on Oct. 21, complaining of pain. Doctors there determined that she was miscarrying, but would not remove the fetus because it still had a heartbeat. Her husband, Praveen Halappanavar, told reporters this week that the hospital staff informed the couple that “This is a Catholic country.” Mr. Praveen who came to Ireland from India, told the staff, “I am neither Irish nor Catholic,” but they said they couldn’t do anything.

“The doctor told us the cervix was fully dilated, amniotic fluid was leaking and unfortunately the baby wouldn’t survive … Savita was really in agony. She was very upset, but she accepted she was losing the baby,” Mr. Halappanavar said. ”When the consultant came on the ward rounds on Monday morning, Savita asked if they could not save the baby could they induce to end the pregnancy. The consultant said, ‘As long as there is a fetal heartbeat we can’t do anything.’” It was only after the heartbeat stopped on its own that the fetus was removed and Savita was moved to intensive care. She died on Oct. 28 from septicaemia. As Dublin writer Michael Nugent surmises on his blog, “Because her cervix remained fully open for this time, Savita was in prolonged danger of infection, comparable to having an untreated open head wound.” . . .

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Keep this story in mind as the GOP works hard to outlaw abortion. The GOP believes that it has the right to make a medical decision for the entire country, regardless of consequences. No individual circumstances or individual choice allowed.

Written by LeisureGuy

15 November 2012 at 9:36 am

Posted in GOP, Government, Law, Medical

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