Irish abortion laws slammed as woman dies

2012-11-15 15:01

New Delhi — The parents of an Indian woman who suffered a miscarriage and died after being refused an abortion in an Irish hospital have slammed Ireland's abortion laws.

Savita Halappanavar was 17 weeks pregnant when she miscarried and died last month.

Ireland's government confirmed on Wednesday that Halappanavar suffered from blood poisoning and died after being denied an abortion, reigniting the debate over legalising abortion in the predominantly Catholic country.

A. Mahadevi, Halappanavar's mother, said on Thursday that in trying to save a 4-month-old fetus doctors killed her 31-year-old daughter.

Halappanavar's husband, Praveen, said doctors knew his wife was miscarrying within hours of her hospitalisation for severe pain 21 October. But he said for three days they refused requests for an abortion to combat her pain and fading health. She died a week later.

  • linda.duits - 2012-11-15 15:31

    So sad!

      marc.hugo.75 - 2012-11-15 17:43

      Sad? Well, yes. That's an understatement though isn't it? A bit like saying the "holocaust was disappointing". This is nothing more than allowing rigid religion-based strictures ride roughshod over plain common horse-sense. With tragic and irreversible results that border on the criminal.

  • jana.jacobs.50 - 2012-11-15 15:37

    Unbelievable! An abortion was requested to save her life and not because it was an unplanned I dont understand what the problem was. I cannot believe they would allow her to die like this. Very very sad and unnecessary death.

  • malcolm.j.patterson.1 - 2012-11-15 17:11

    Ah, but people you missed the best part, The rules should be changed as per the requirement of Hindus. We are Hindus, not Christians," she said. Imagine people going to the Middle East and having a beer on the veranda, claiming the laws should be changed as we are Christian

      marc.hugo.75 - 2012-11-15 17:48

      Quite right Malcolm. On that basis of course, change is not practical or possible. But to save the patients life, everything that can be done, should be done.

      malcolm.j.patterson.1 - 2012-11-15 18:07

      All I'm saying here is if you live in a country that has certain laws in place abide by them, don't start shouting for change the moment things don't go your way. And it's strange how only certain people can call for change and not others

      veldt66 - 2012-11-15 18:36

      Malcolm i live in Ireland inform yourself before twisting the facts, this case has left even Native Irish people deeply hurt.

  • goldd.goldfinger - 2012-11-15 18:31

    Religion is always more important than the individual and the above tragedy is another example of religious devotion to an absent God, whilst people die everyday... its happening in all forms in countries dominated by the major religions and the only solution is to extract oneself to secular societies...otherwise one will die or be ostracized in the name of the (insert deity here)...

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