I saw this in The Stir - No matter your thoughts on abortion, do you think it's ok if it means saving the life of the mother?
A young woman who was 17 weeks pregnant has died of blood poisoning after the hospital refused to give her an abortion that could have saved her life EVEN after she was told that the fetus wasn't going to survive anyway. Savtia Halappanavar, a 31-year-old dentist living in Ireland, died in severe agony, begging for the medical procedure, and no one would give it to her because it's a "Catholic country."
Halappanavar is Hindu.
This story makes me sick. It should make all women sick. Because regardless of where you stand on abortion, THIS is a travesty. Hospital officials claim there was still a heartbeat even though the 17-week-old fetus could not (and did not) survive outside the mother and would likely die anyway. But Ireland is a "Catholic" country. Never mind the beliefs of the mother. This could have been the fate of our country with a president who wanted to overturn Roe v. Wade.
It's chilling to imagine being denied a lifesaving medical procedure just because your government decides THEIR religion trumps yours. My heart breaks for this young life snuffed out by people too blinded by their religion to see the irony in their beliefs.
Though she was eventually given an abortion once the heartbeat truly stopped, it was too late. She died of septicaemia and E. coli ESBL.
If life is so precious, how could you let a woman die? They don't care about the sanctity of LIFE at all. They want to control women. Otherwise, this woman would have been allowed to terminate a pregnancy that was ending anyway in order to save her own life.
I get that people are all over the map on abortion, but the fact is, it's personal decision. It's a medical procedure that is only between a woman and her doctor. There is no good reason that these kinds of laws should be applied unilaterally.
Thank goodness we live in a country that honors religious freedom and the power of women's choice. Don't believe in abortion, don't have one. But if a woman desperately needs one to save her life, it's imperative that she live in a country where the law is clear -- termination is legal.
Isn't a hospital's job to save lives? How can they possibly justify refusing to save this woman's OR her fetus' life? It's against everything they are sworn to do. First, do no harm, right?
It's unclear if this woman had children at all. But I imagine as a mom considering her third pregnancy that this could happen to me. My children could be left motherless because some hospital bureaucrat decided my dying fetus was more important than me. I wonder how my children would feel about that decision. I wonder how Halappanavar's husband felt.
Actually I know how he felt. This is infuriating. It's a tragic, pointless death that makes me even more grateful that the election turned out the way it did last week. May nothing like this EVER be allowed to happen in the US.
Do you believe in abortion for the life of the mother?
November 14, 2012 at 3:23 PM
I absolutely do believe (generally) in abortion for the life of the mother. What happened here was senseless and tragic. I've never much cared for my own life so if it were me or a baby and I had no others who needed me, I'd pick the baby. That doesn't even factor in this case though. So Ireland ifs officially off my list of places to move to. I hope the policy there changes ASAP.
by mp3momNovember 14, 2012 at 6:39 PM
The Catholic church believes in abortion where the mother's life is in danger; I don't understand.
November 15, 2012 at 9:26 AM
November 15, 2012 at 9:34 AM
Absolutely criminal medical malpractice. I hope this causes the laws to change in Ireland.
by greenchicNovember 15, 2012 at 9:50 PM
What a terrible thing to happen. Someone should be held accountable if the hospital is at fault.
Im wondering if an abortion would have saved her life tho, im wondering after reading the story if her illness caused a miscarriage instead of the other way around. Im hoping the find out the truth during the investigation.
Im pro-choice socially but personally Im pro-life....make sense? :)
by BramblePatchNovember 15, 2012 at 10:58 PMI believe abortion is murder but I FULLY believe in a womans right to choose. It is between her and her higher power. It is not my place, or the governments, to tell a woman what to do with her body.
In this case, if it happened as stated, the doctors and whomever made the call should be brought up on murder charges.
by mypbandjNovember 15, 2012 at 11:37 PM
I don't know why they couldn't have "delivered" the baby and tried to save the babys life (even though we all know at 17 weeks, that isn't going to happen.) That seems to be a good compromise. The baby was going to die anyway. I feel awful for her husband.
by aprilsalcroNovember 16, 2012 at 7:17 AMBump for ME this isn't the group to talk about this