11.14.2012

death by anti-choice: irish woman, denied termination during spontaneous miscarriage, dies

This is what no access to safe and legal abortion looks like.
Two investigations are under way into the death of a woman who was 17 weeks pregnant, at University Hospital Galway last month.

Savita Halappanavar (31), a dentist, presented with back pain at the hospital on October 21st, was found to be miscarrying, and died of septicaemia a week later.

Her husband, Praveen Halappanavar (34), an engineer at Boston Scientific in Galway, says she asked several times over a three-day period that the pregnancy be terminated. He says that, having been told she was miscarrying, and after one day in severe pain, Ms Halappanavar asked for a medical termination.

This was refused, he says, because the foetal heartbeat was still present and they were told, “this is a Catholic country”.

She spent a further 2½ days “in agony” until the foetal heartbeat stopped.

The dead foetus was removed and Savita was taken to the high dependency unit and then the intensive care unit, where she died of septicaemia on the 28th.
Totally preventable. Totally unacceptable.

3 comments:

Amy said...

Awful. Medieval and immoral.

johngoldfine said...

My wife's grandmother was an odd mix: very heavily into Women's Christian Temperance Union, but also a follower of Margaret Sanger when to be one was risky indeed for a Methodist minister's wife. Small-town Protestant upbringing and never outgrew the scowl on her face or the scorn in her voice when the subject of the 'Romans' came up.

I can hear her now, having read this post, spitting out the worst curse she knew: "Papistry!"

laura k said...

I almost called this post "death by church," but I felt it let the hospital off the hook.

I like Amy's choice of "medieval".

Barbaric also springs to mind.