This is what happens when abortion is illegal

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This is what happens when abortion is illegal

This is what happens when abortion is illegal: a 31 year-old woman has died because doctors refused to perform an abortion after it was revealed that the woman was in the process of miscarrying her fetus.

Savita Halappanavar died at the University of Galway hospital from septicema, or blood-poisoning, which she developed as a result of the miscarried-fetus still residing in her body, poisoning it in the process.

In Ireland, abortion is illegal *except* in cases where the mother's life is in danger--for some reason, doctors believed Savita's life was not in danger....

From Gawker: "The consultant said it was the law, that this is a Catholic country," Halappanavar['s husband] told the Irish Times. "Savita [a Hindu] said: ‘I am neither Irish nor Catholic' but they said there was nothing they could do."

Doctors refused to extract the fetus because it carried a weak heartbeat; by the time the fetus "officially" died, it was too late to save Savita.

This is another case of how women--and, it should be observed, how women of color--are treated as second-class citizens, whose lives are less important than parasitic entities growing within their bodies.

 



Comments [3]

Evie Frishman's picture

this broke my heart

This broke my heart, but it serves as a perfect illustration of why religion MUST BE IRREVERSIBLY EXTRICATED FROM POLITICS AND HEALTHCARE, private or otherwise. I realize that this happened in Ireland, a "Catholic country", but this kind of thing happens in the United States as well; if one incident such as this happens at a hospital, the hospital or health care center should lose their license to operate. Correct me if I'm wrong, but doesn't the Hippocratic oath demand that no harm be done?

Grace Moon's picture

unbelievable.

unbelievable.

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Marcie Bianco's picture

my computer wouldn't let me

my computer wouldn't let me upload the piece properly -- here's the source: http://gawker.com/5960436/woman-in-ireland-dies-after-being-denied-abort...