Last night, we reported on the unnecessary and tragic death of Savita Halappanavar, who entered an Irish hospital undergoing what turned out to be a miscarriage of a wanted pregnancy at 17 weeks, and was denied a life-saving abortion because, as she and her husband were told, Ireland is “a Catholic country.” Translation? Even a non-viable fetus, perhaps already dead but in any case absolutely certain not to survive, is more important than a woman’s life.
Numerous questions have arisen in the wake of this case.
One: Why did this happen? Doesn’t Ireland, a country with otherwise draconian abortion laws, allow abortion to save the life of the mother?
Two: Was there any doubt an abortion was necessary to save Savita’s life?
Three: Can this happen in the United States?
I’ll take these in turn.
- Savita Halappanavar’s medically unnecessary death | Jill Filipovic for Feministe (guardian.co.uk)
- [link] Ireland: Woman ‘denied a termination’ dies in hospital (afeimineach.wordpress.com)
- Savita Halappanavar dies for what? Catholicism. (mistybarriers.wordpress.com)
- Ireland’s law and Catholic culture allowed Savita Halappanavar to die (newstatesman.com)
- RIP Savita Halappanavar – Woman Dies in Ireland After Being Refused a Medically Necessary Abortion (rebekkaksteg.com)
- Vigils held for Savita Halappanavar, amid furter calls for legislation (newstalk.ie)